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Lucky is a State of Mind

Ok, Ok, so this isn’t a real repurpose…but I had an idea and I rolled with it so bear with me!  LOL!

This page is done with Tim Holtz photos and paper dolls but it could totally be done with repurposed old photos!  So there is my repurpose!  See…I redeemed myself!  LOL!   Anyway, let me fill you in on my thought process behind this page and how I made it happen.

I’ve had a lot on my mind lately and with the balance of life and juggling different hats so when I came across this phrase “lucky is a state of mind” I had the perfect idea for it.  I decided what if I showed my state of mind and what’s on it.  What if I could hedge back my little head and show you all that things bouncing around in it.

I started by diluting some “hippie in high heals” Haute Mess acrylic paint and making an abstract poof like shape on the black page of Cobble Stone Lane journal.  While it was still some what wet I added some “make it rain” acrylic paint and continued to dab it with water to blend it a bit.  Then I blended in a bit of diluted “Torrid” acrylic paint just at the lower left corner of the poof and made some shading.

As it dried I added some Haute Mess glass bead gel to random areas then dripped some Haute Mess “naked” acrylic paint in as well as a bit of gold metallic from my stash.  Next I took a plastic gift card and dipped it in a bit of “bad and tatted” acrylic paint and sort of stamped it at different angles to form the design in the corner.  Finally, I  rubbed the raised glass bead areas with the same metallic gold I used earlier.

Lastly, I applied all my Tim Holtz photos and paper dolls (using pop dots) around the title sticker.

I hope this inspires you to get your paints out and get creative with some old (or reproduction) photos!

Supply List:

Haute Mess Cobble Stone Lane Journal
Haute Mess Glass Bead Gel
Haute Mess Acrylic Paints – Bad and Tatted, Hippie in High Heals, Torrid, Naked, Make it Rain

Journey.. Born To Roam | Art Journal Page

Hello, Bad Girlies… It’s Donna here with a new art journal page to share. I altered one of the pages in my PaperDoll Palace Pink Canvas Art Journal.

Since it’s Repurpose Thursday, I added this corrugated cardboard from one of my daughter’s toy boxes. I always have one in my stash, mostly used in replacement of foam tapes. For my art journal, it added texture to the background instead.

I painted the surface first with Naked. Once dried, I followed it up with Dive Bar. Then dry brushed with a bit of Make It Rain and X-rated. I splattered some watered down Naked too.

After all the paint has dried, I started decorating it with stickers & ephemera pieces from the Kaisercraft Journey collection. I used foam tape and regular adhesive to place everything, it’s pretty easy and straightforward. I also added some messy thread as well.

I hope this inspired you to be creative today. See you in my next post!

Thanks for dropping by and happy crafting!

 

“Love” Altered Photo Frame | Donna Espiritu

Hello, again Bad Girlies! It’s Donna here with a new project. I recycled an old metallic neon green photo frame and turned it into something a bit shabby chic.

This is how the photo frame looked like before the makeover. 

I painted the entire surface with gesso. After it has dried, I used Fallen Angel to paint over the surface with green color and used two coats to cover the entire thing white.

Then, I dry brushed Couture Pink, Broken Doll, and Kiss & Don’t Tell acrylic paints.

To add more texture to the frame, I used the Glass Bead Gel and brushed randomly all over the frame. I also added a white lace, using the Clear Gesso to adhere to the painted frame.

Once everything has dried, I started placing the photo and embellished a bit with fussy cut butterflies and some ephemera pieces from the With Love collection from Kaisercraft.

Here are detailed shots of the finished project…

That’s all from me today. I hope this inspired you to be creative with your Haute Mess paints and mediums! Thanks for dropping by and see you in my next post.

Haute Mess Products Used:

Gesso, Clear Gesso, Glass Bead Gel

Fallen Angel, Couture Pink, Broken Doll, and Kiss & Don’t Tell

Happy crafting,

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

 

Repurposed Whiteboard with Lisa Amiet

Hello Bad Girls!
It’s Lisa here today to share some inspiration with you all.

For this project, I have repurposed an old whiteboard that had a cool frame.

I started by making it a blackboard with some blackboard paint from the craft store.
I then gave the frame a coat of my
Haute Mess Gesso White

Next was a full thick coat of my Haute Mess Acrylic Paint in ‘X-Rated’

I then did a rough coat of ‘Fallen Angel’ over the entire frame.

I then added some crackle paste and let it do its job.

I have then gone over the frame with a vintage stain ink to highlight all those yummy cracks.

I hope you like what I have created and that it inspires you to get messy today.

Lisa xo

I have used the following products from Bad Girls Couture:

White Gesso – https://badgirlscouture.com/store/haute-mess-mixed-media-medium-2-oz-gesso/

Fallen Angel – https://badgirlscouture.com/store/haute-mess-mixed-media-acrylic-paint-2-oz-fallen-angel/

X-Rated – https://badgirlscouture.com/store/haute-mess-x-rated/

Vintage Butterfly Clip Upcycle

Hey Bad Girlies!!  Happy Weekend!!  I hope you are feeling your art vibe and if not, no worries…I want to inspire you to go paint something!  Anything!  Today I’m digging in my vintage jewelry stash and pulling out an old butterfly clip to repurpose!

Below you can see the old clip before I started.  It was pretty but had seen better days, so I thought I’d give it a bit of Haute Mess color to amp it up a bit!

I started out by painting the entire thing with a thick coat of “Bad & Tatted” and allowed to dry completely. (you can speed this up with a drying tool to go to the next step)

Next I brushed on a tad of water so the paint would flow easier then added some light strokes of “Make it Rain” towards the center of the butterfly body and fanning out to the wings.

Once that “Make it Rain” layer dried I moved on to add some light strokes of “Hippie in High Heels”, again starting with a little bit of a wet surface to make sure the paint moved around easily and fanned it out from the body to the wings but making sure not to cover up all that beautiful purple tone.

Finally I added some dashes of “Kiss & Don’t Tell” (this is my favorite color in the line) and followed the same technique with the damp surface, working from the body and fanning up the wings.  This time I kind of brushed a bit of the watered down paint over the whole wing but it doesn’t show up much in the pictures.  I also painted the center stones with the “Kiss & Don’t Tell”.

To add some texture and dimension I added some Haute Mess Glass Bead Gel to the edges of the wings with a pallet knife and allowed it to dry a few hours.

As a finishing touch I rubbed the entire piece with some rose gold acrylic before punching a whole in the wing and hanging it on a chain.

Turning Junk Jewels into Treasured Art

You may or may not know that when I’m not playing with my beautiful collection of Bad Girls art supplies, I’m also a jewelry designer.  I’ve made jewelry from old bits and pieces ever since I was 13 years old, so as you can imagine, I’ve acquired quite a bit of old junk jewelry.  Recently I’ve decided to start incorporating some of those old pieces into my art.  So today’s repurpose challenge is a perfect time to share some of that with you!

Today I started off with this old costume brooch.  It has pretty pink and red stones but it has honestly seen better days so I decided to give it a good coating of Haute Mess White Gesso to give it a white washed look.

I was careful to save the stones to paint over for last so it wouldn’t dry too quickly on me because I wanted to dampen my cloth and wipe the paint off the stones to reveal the stones but still have the paint all in crevasses and settings of the stones.

Once it was dry I flipped it over and removed the pin back from it so it will have a flat backing and set it aside for later.

I then turned my attention to a cute little mini canvas.  I prepared my canvas by spreading a thick coating of the Haute Mess Molding Paste.

Use a pallet knife to smooth the paste out but make sure it still maintains a good deal of fun texture to hold a lot of dimension when we apply the paints.

Finally once the Molding Paste was dry I began layering on the paints.  I started in the center of the canvas with the darker color, “Torrid” and then applied my lighter Haute Mess color “Couture Pink”, making sure to keep my brush nice and wet with water in between for good blending.  I also made sure my canvas stayed we with a light brushing of water where needed too and gave some of the stark white areas a light was of the watered down “Couture Pink”.

Then I took my bright red “Bad Girl Gaudy” color and dabbed and flicked little bits of color on the dampened canvas.  Since the canvas remained wet it allowed the paint great movement and achieved a really nice effect without any extra blending product.

Once those layers were dry I glued on the brooch and then smoothed on a good bit of the Haute Mess Glass Bead Gel for my favorite texture effect.  I work from the edge of the brooch out and fan it out with my finger to give it an organic, natural feel.  I then finished off the entire piece with a sprinkling of some coarse glitter and a metallic rose gold rub.

This is the finished piece in my home next to my last piece of art I shared with you!  I hope you are inspired to go repurpose some old junk jewelry finds!

 

Repurpose that old piece of jewelry!

Hey y’all!  I’m ready to get you digging through your grandma’s jewelry stash or your old junk jewelry/button bins with this project!

This was such a quick and pretty project to do with stuff you have in your stash and the March BGC kit.  I used the wooden clipboard (don’t you just love that clipboard?!) and just lightly rubbed on some of the blue paint from the March kit.

Next I moved on to the flower.  I took apart one of the flowers in the kit and rubbed some Bad Girls Couture gesso in the middle of both flower sections.  When that was just about dry, I came over that with some of the yellow paint in the kit.  I loved rubbing it on instead of brushing it because it gave it such a natural effect and really made it look like the inside of a flower.  I then brushed on some clear crackle paint and allowed it to dry.  Once the crackle dried I rubbed on some brown ink to give added dimension and highlight some of that beautiful cracking.  Finally, I added some glitter to the edges of the petals with some gesso before glueing both pieces of the flower back together.  And as the crowning touch to this lovely flower, in the center I placed a beautiful vintage rhinestone earring.  I removed the clip from the back and just adhered it with a bit of hot glue.

The flower is attached to the clip with another touch of hot glue and it’s now ready for use!  Fun for displaying mini pieces of art, pictures or cards!

Now go digging in your junk jewelry and buttons and find a treasure to REPURPOSE!!

Make Craft Storage Pretty with Bad Girls Couture

In today’s culture, we are definitely working towards more recycling, re-purposing and up-cycling which is phenomenal for the earth and our pocket books.  When thinking of re-purposing an item as I sit at my craft desk, I come across a pet peeve of mine.  I like pretty storage, it helps to inspire me in my creating.  So as I sat there looking at my very un-inspiring small stack of drawers on my table, I had an idea.  Let’s make it PRETTY!  A sheet of paper, some ribbon, an alphabet stamp set, kraft paper and some glue…easy peasy!

 

You can see here just how uninspiring this little storage unit is, so lets make this bad boy PRETTY!
Cut out strips of paper to the height of each drawer, measure across but give yourself some extra length as this unit has a dipped in middle.  So I accounted for that.

Using a small alpha stamp set, stamp on kraft paper the category of items in each drawer. Cut them out, ink the edges and adhere to the drawer. Then add your choice of ribbon, this one was over an inch thick with design on each edge, I decided to cut it down the middle and then alternate the textures.

 

Do not forget the top to complete the look.

 

Hope this inspires you to repurpose not only items on your craft desk but all around your home.  The possibilities are endless.