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Come What May

Happy Hump Day y’all!  Today I’m adding to my Bad Girls Couture Haute Mess Cobblestone Lane Journal and wanted to share a couple fun techniques with ya!

This first technique is using the Haute Mess clear gesso.  After doing some tea dying recently on an art project I decided to start saving my old tea bags to use in my art work.  I figured they were just about as old looking and tea stained as you could get and had that cool transparent, delicate paper look.

After drying them out well and splitting them open to empty all the loose tea out I cut it apart into two pieces to just use one part of the bag.

I inserted a sticker into the inside of the bag were the tea was so it would show through like a little pocket window.

Then I sealed it up by painting on a generous coat of clear gesso.  Be careful not to do this on a surface you don’t want the tea stain to come off on because it may reactivate the tea color.

Once dry I was happy with the glassine look of my little tea bag pocket that I could now use on my journal page.

Next I wanted to add some texture to my page before I started but I wanted to give it a bold pop of color too so I mixed my Haute Mess Molding paste with some Drop Dead Gorgeous acrylic paint to tint the molding paste before applying it with a palate knife to the page.

I love the yummy effect the paint gave to the molding paste.

Here you can see my finished page.  I watered down some “Distortion” (I watered it down to a very light wash) and brushed it over the entire page before I started to tone it down just a bit.

Then I began blending watered down “Guilt Trip” acrylic paint and then added a touch of watered down “First Crush” as well.

Then I added my vintage sheet music and Tim Holtz paper dolls and my title stickers.

I glued my cute little tea bag right on top.

And I tucked some sheet moss to add a fun touch of texture to it.

Supplies:

Cobblestone Lane Journal
Drop Dead Gorgeous Acrylic Paint
Guilt Trip Acrylic Paint
First Crush Acrylic Paint
Distortion Acrylic Paint
Molding Paste
Clear Gesso

“A Vintage Girl & Her Daughter” Stickers
“Tim Holtz” Paper Dolls
Vintage Sheet Music
Sheet Moss

 

Red, White and Blue Journal Page with Jen Matott

 

 

Hi, artsy friends!  I’m back with a Haute Mess Art journal canvas page  project and video.  I was inspired by our Independence Day celebrations.  The 4th of July holds special meaning for us here in the United States.  We celebrate our forefathers and the freedoms we hold dear.  As we continue to strive to be better and a country, we remember all those that fought in order to give us the freedoms we have.  It’s a patriotic holiday with lots of traditions that we share with family and friends.  So, I made a page that reflects our flag’s colors and feeling of unity.

 

In my tutorial video, you will see that I start by adding some Haute Mess Mixed Media White Gesso to the page.  I added the letter stencil over that using and sponge to dab Haute Mess Mixed Media Acrylic Paint in Bad Girl GaudyFallen Angel, and Make it Rain through it.  It created a sort of Ombre effect with the 3 colors.   I did the same with each color on a canvas banner piece.

I mixed the Haute Mess Mixed Media Molding Paste with Bad and Tatted Acrylic color. I put that through a stars stencil.   Once dry, I embellished the page with metal pieces, found objects and twine.

If you live in the USA, Happy Independence Day!

 

Nothing to Bark At

It’s Sunday Fun Day y’all!  I hope you’re doing something beautiful;)

Today I’m bringing new life into something discarded.  I recently had a city work crew doing some digging and working on plumbing in my yard…in the process they scuffed up some bark on trees.  While I was out there cleaning things up I was just so struck by how beautiful these bits where that I scooped them up and saved them for just the right piece.

I began by applying some Haute Mess molding paste with a pallet knife.

While that was set aside drying I painted a clay face with Haute Mess “Bad & Tatted” acrylic paint.

I then rubbed a bit of “C-note” acrylic paint and then “Kiss & Don’t Tell” paint.

Now that the molding paste had dried I applied a coat of “Bad & Tatted” Haute Mess acrylic paint

I then glued the clay face on and applied some Haute Mess glass bead gel liberally to the edges and fanned it out.   I also rubbed a bit on the face itself to give it a little texture.

Once the glass bead gel dried I brushed on some Haute Mess “Make it Rain” acrylic pain and came back over it with a wet brush to blend it.

I did the same blending with the Haute Mess “Bye Felicia” acrylic paint.

After all the paints were dried I did a metallic rub to give it some shine and glued some green reindeer moss at the bottom before calling it done.

Be Joyful Altered Tag | Donna Espiritu

Hello, Bad Girls! It’s Donna here with my last project for this month and it’s a simple altered tag.

I used gesso first before adding some texture using a stencil and molding paste on the tag. After it has dried, I painted with First Crush, Kiss & Tell and Broken Doll acrylic paints.

Then I created a collage of torn papers, doily, messy thread and stickers to decorate the tag.

I brushed the Glass bead gel and inked the edges to finish off the tag.

Here is the process video I made so you can watch how I created this tag.

 

Thanks for dropping by and see you next time!

Happy crafting,

Bad Girls Couture Supplies:
Haute Mess Mediums – Gesso, Molding Paste, Glass Bead Gel
Haute Mess Acrylic Paints – First Crush, Kiss & Tell, Broken Doll

Get Out of Your Head

Happy Weekend my artsy peeps!  Today I’m sharing sort of a SNAP OUT OF IT journal page!  LOL!

Y’all know y’all talk to yourselves in your journal too!  So I opened up my “Cobblestone Lane” Haute Mess Journal and just went after it!

I applied a layer of molding paste to one of the canvas pages in the journal and allowed it to dry well.  I also applied some molding paste though a brick stencil to give some heavy texture and anchor the bottom of the page.  I then applied a thin layer of white gesso to the paint would flow well on the page.

Next I put down a stencil and applied some watered down “Torrid” Haute Mess paint, cleaning up the edges with a baby wipe and again allowed to dry well.

Next I laid down another part of the same stencil and applied some “Kiss and Don’t Tell” Haute Mess paint with a baby wipe (by dabbing it lightly) to give another layer.

For yet another layer, I did the same dabbing with a baby wipe with another part of the same stencil using Haute Mess “Bad & Tatted” and a baby wipe.

Finally I added some stickers for a title and inked the entire page to show off all the wonderful texture.  I also took a sharpie and outlined parts of the stenciled numbers to make it pop a bit.

You can see the entire process in the process video below.

 

Make and Create with Lisa Amiet

Hello Bad Girls!
It’s Lisa here today to share some more inspiration with you.
I have an Art Journal page that I have created.

I have started with a plain card page from my
‘Park Ave Penthouse Journal’

I have first given it a coat of my ‘Haute Mess Clear Gesso’, to seal my page.

I then gave areas a rough coating of my
‘Haute Mess White Gesso’

I have then used my ‘Haute Mess Acrylic Paint – Make it Rain’,
mixed with some water to make it flow on my page.

Next, I have added some ‘Haute Mess Acrylic Paint – Last Sin’,
again mixed with water.

I have then used a stencil and my ‘Haute Mess Molding Paste’,
to add some dimension.

I have then used some stamps and word stickers to add more depth and dimension to my page.

I really love those blue tones!
I hope you like it too.

Until next time!
Lisa

Bad Girls Couture Products:

Haute Mess Clear Gesso
Haute Mess White Gesso
Haute Mess Molding Paste
Haute Mess Acrylic Paint – Last Sin
Haute Mess Acrylic Paint – Make It Rain

Maker’s Mind

Happy Monday y’all!  For today’s inspire me Monday, I’m working on my vintage comic book page in my Haute Mess Journal.

I had the idea to have it look as if it was exploding, exposing the inside of a toy maker’s mind.  So I got to work…splitting open the comic book paper, giving it a white wash and adding molding paste to the cardstock that was exposed under the comic book paper.

I then filled the center section with chipboard gears (these are from A Vintage Girl) that I added Haute Mess glass bead gel then painted and distressed with Haute Mess “Bad & Tatted”, “Distortion”, “C-Note” and “Kiss & Don’t” Tell paints.

I added Tim Holtz Paper Dolls and A Vintage Girl & Her Daughter Stickers for the title.

I also added some A Vintage Girl & Her Daughter Stickers to the bottom to carry the toy maker theme.

I then distressed the entire page with a black stamp pad.

You can see the entire process in this process video.  Check it out here!

 

Reusing & Repurposing & Creating!

Today I’m sharing with y’all a fun steampunkish project I made by upcycling a dollar store wind chime!  Take a peak at the finished project.

So let me show you a bit of the process.  I started with a metal Dollar Tree wind chime flower.  After removing the hardware and giving it a good sand I primed it with a thin coat of Haute Mess Gesso then added a thick layer of Molding Paste to the center.

I sprinkled some texture sand in various sizes into the molding paste and pressed them down a bit then applied a thin coat of Haute Mess Clear Matte Gel Medium to seal it all in.

I also spread some Haute Mess Glass Bead Gel on the pedals of the flowers for even more texture.

Next I painted the entire piece in Haute Mess “Dive Bar” and then highlighted it with a damp brush and Haute Mess “Distortion”.

Once dried I rubbed on Haute Mess “Drop Dead Gorgeous” and “C-Note” to give it an aged effect as well as some Prima Patina Effect Paste in “Brass” to give it a metallic sheen.

Finally I added some natural moss, a Tim Holtz paper doll die cut (how cute are these?!) and some amazing chipboard pipes from A Vintage Girl.  I rubbed the Vintage Girl Chipboard Pipes with some Silver Prima Patina Effects Paste and distressed them a bit with a black stamp pad.

Finally I glued the whole piece to a box I made in a previous project that I was using to store my handmade cards.  It’s a real upcycle project!!!

How can you do some upcycling this week?

Supplies:

Bad Girls Couture Haute Mess Paints in the following colors:
Distortion, Drop Dead Gorgeous, C-Note, Dive Bar
Bad Girls Couture Glass Bead Gel
Bad Girls Couture Gesso
Bad Girls Couture Clear Matte Gel Medium
Prima Patina Effects in Brass
Prima Patina Effects in Silver
A Vintage Girl “Pipe Dreams” Small chipboard set
Tim Holtz Paper Doll die cut

 

Throw Kindness Around Like Confetti

Hey guys!  Michelle here and I’m getting all messy in my journal today and I know I say this every time…I am having way too much fun doing it!  Today’s piece didn’t end up anything like my original vision but it’s totally ok because I love how my vision for the page changed as I was working on it.  I did “junque” it up a bit by using a vintage hymnal page as part of my background.  So let me show you how it all came together!

I started out by preparing my page with a nice layer of molding paste

Next I painted over the dried molding paste with a thin coat of the Haute Mess Acrylic paint in “Grunge” and watered down some “Distortion” paint to give it a subtile aged effect.

Once those layers had all dried I moved on to applying the vintage hymnal page by brushing on a thin coat of matte gel under the vintage page and on top.  Again allow to dry before moving on.

Next I applied some strokes of Haute Mess Acrylics in “Last Sin” and “C-Note” with a pallet knife, making sure to leave some texture for added interest.

After that had dried I rubbed and dotted on some gold acrylic with my fingers before applying a thick line of Haute Mess Matte Gel with a brush to the center of towards the bottom of the page.

I then sprinkled coarse gold glitter over the matte gel (do not allow this to dry)

Before this has the opportunity to dry I came back over it and fanned it out with a brush and more matte gel medium.  This forms an anchor for my title and the photo that will go on the page.

Finally I applied some phrase stickers and a cardstock cutout of a vintage girl and inked the whole thing up with a black stamp pad.  Turns out it’s one of my favorite pages now!

Supplies:

Bad Girls Couture Haute Mess Molding Paste
Bad Girls Couture Haute Mess Matte Gel
Bad Girls Couture Haute Mess Acrylic Paint “Distortion”
Bad Girls Couture Haute Mess Acrylic Paint “C-Note”
Bad Girls Couture Haute Mess Acrylic Paint “Grunge”
Bad Girls Couture Haute Mess Acrylic Paint “Last Sin”
Phrase Stickers & Cardstock Photo Die Cut – Tim Holtz
Vintage Hymnal Page
Gold Glitter

 

“Tre Verdigris” Mini Canvas

Hey bad girlies!!  Happy weekend to ya!  Today I’m sharing some more canvas love with y’all!

I really think I’ve developed somewhat of an addiction to these mini canvases!  For this one I had just gotten the coolest Sculpty face mold that I just had to use with some paper clay.  I had visions of these cool clay faces all textured and painty and gritty on a sweet little canvas and I got out right gitty!  So I got to work.

For details on how I created it, check out this process video.

Supplies Used:

Haute Mess Molding Paste
Haute Mess Glass Bead Gel
Haute Mess Bad & Tatted Acrylic Paint
Haute Mess C-Note Acrylic Paint
Haute Mess Kiss & Don’t Tell Acrylic Paint
Tattered Angels High Impact Metallic Antique Gold Paint
Creative Paper Clay Sculpty Clay Mold
Copper jewelry wire
Hot glue