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TRICK OR TREAT

Good morning everyone! We are halfway through the week. The weekend will be here before we know it. Today I have a fun art journal spread that I created using stencils, molding paste, acrylic paints and glass beads! Halloween is around the corner and I have yet to scrapbook Edward’s Halloween photos from last year!

Love the colors and textures on this layout. Such a fun piece! I embellished this spread using vellum die cuts and tags from Pretty Little Studio. The acrylics are from Bramble Fox. Both companies are small businesses owned by women. I enjoy supporting small business whenever I can!

To begin, I coated the stitched chipboard page using the Bad & Tatted acrylic paint. Once the paint was dry, I added splashes of the Last Sin and Sweet Candy Kisses. Then I mixed a dab of the Drama Queen acrylic paint with some molding paint to create the flowers in the background using a stencil.

I covered the vellum leaves using the gel beads. Once the beads were completely dry, I coated the beads using Colorations Sprays.

I coated the raven using the gel beads to give it some texture. Then I glued the epoxy heart to the center.

 

I hope you were inspired today! Thanks for visiting today!

You and Me: Playing with Clear Gesso

Good morning girlies! I have a fun art journal spread to share with you using some clear gesso and acrylic paints on the pink stitched cardstock Art Journal Page. I used the clear gesso to prep the page so the acrylic paints held their true colors. Sometimes, white gesso will turn the paint to a pastel color and I did not want that to happen.

Once the clear gesso was completely dry, I added the paint to the background. I used Drama Queen, Sweet Candy Kisses and Last Sin.

I used a heart stencil and platinum molding paste from my stash to add a shiny effect to the page. Then I added lots of papers and embellishments. Super simple, but fun.

Here is a link to my process video! Thanks for stopping by today!

BELIEVE YOU CAN AND YOU WILL

Good morning! I know that for some of you, mixed media makes you nervous. Listen, I get it…but you have no idea how much fun you are missing by not giving these journals, paints and molding paste a try. So…today, my goal is to show you how EASY it is to create a mixed media journal spread. You do not need to have a lot of product to do these spreads. If you have paint, molding paste and some stencils with a few scraps…that’s all you need.

I made this spread last weekend when I was bored and I didn’t really want to scrapbook a layout. But I wanted to play and get messy. I found the “Believe you can and you will” sticker in my stash and thought, I love that! I need to put that on a journal page as a good reminder to myself.

To begin this spread, I painted the stitched cardstock journal page using the Ooops! My Bad Haute Mess Acrylic Paint. You don’t want to completely cover it using the paint. Allow some white to peak through.

Once it’s almost completely dry, add some of the “Drop Dead Gorgeous” paint. Again, leave some white showing. You can paint over the first layer of paint.

Next, use a palette knife to spread on some of the ” X-rated” paint. I like using the palette knife because it creates a different look depending on how hard you press on the palette knife when scraping across the page.

Once the yellow is dry, use the Haute Mess Molding Paste and a stencil to create some fun designs! I like using this technique because it really brings the colors out!

When applying the Haute Mess Molding Paste across the stencil, be sure to hold the stencil in place so it does not move which will cause smearing. Also, make sure to spread a good amount of paste over the stencil and go over the stencil in one direction. I normally spread the paste from top to bottom in one fluid movement. Then, I repeat this process until the entire stencil is covered. Once the entire stencil is covered, you can carefully scrape any excess paste off the stencil to add it back to the jar. Carefully, lift the stencil off the journal page and let it try for one hour.

And here it is… amazing, right!? And super fun!

To complete the spread, I hand-cut a buttefly image from patterned paper and then used my fingers to rub the paint on the butterfly to create a neat, blended look. Then I used Yes Paste to glue the butterfly to the center of the page. Once the glue was dry, I used foam squares to add the “Believe you can and you will” sticker to the center of the butterfly using a few foam squares. Then I fed a piece of ribbon through the metal key and adhered it to the center of the butterfly using a  Heavy Matte Gel. I added a few spashes of Turquoise Glimmer Mist and White Spray Ink just for fun.

 

That’s all there is to this journal spread! Think you’re ready to make one of your own? I can’t wait to see your creations in our gallery!

WHAT’S UP DOG?

Hi everybody! I have a fun canvas journal page to share with you today! I’ve been itching to scrapbook this photo of me and Goofy from Epcot! When we went to Disney, I made sure the guys knew that I NEEDED a picture with Goofy… I didn’t care what else we did that day, but I needed my picture. LOL

Initially, I was going to leave the left-side alone and use it for another page, but after thinking about it, I decided to use my inks and a stencil to add some fun flowers in the colors of yellow, blue and orange to kind of blend in with the colors on the right-side of the art journal spread.

I made a video of the majority of this spread. After I finished, a few hours later, I still was not happy with the layout… so I added a few more embellishments which you do not see in the video.

I had some stamps from Jillibean Soup and one said “What’s Up Dog?” Totally perfect for this page. I was so excited. LOL

You’d think I had a mad crush on Goofy or something with all the hearts, but I just like hearts… and I happen to have a good amount of them in my stash. I have been all about using up my stash lately. Every time I turn around, there’s a new collection that I want, but I am not buying. LOL

More hearts and buttons to pull this journal spread together. I am much happier with this page with the added embellishments. What do you think? Have you seen these Art Journals in the shop? Check them out! They are fab! Click here to see the video!https://youtu.be/BoGc-_YUbSI

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Products used: French Script Canvas: Post Cards from Paris Art Journal, Haute Mess Acrylic Paints: First Crush, Drama Queen and Make it Rain

 

HELLO LOVE

Good morning! I am excited to share this bright, vibrant, layout with you today! You might want to put sunglasses on because it’s pretty bright. LOL, I love yellow… whenever I’m creating with it, it makes me so HAPPY. Today, I’m going to share a fun tutorial with you on how you can use gesso, paints, stencils, and stamps to create a fun, vibrant layout. I am also going to share with you, how you can create your very own die cuts! Super fun!!

To begin, I covered a sheet of white cardstock with gesso. Once the gesso was completely dry, I added a few different colors of acrylic paints. Do not skip the gesso. The gesso helps harden the paper so it’s easier to cut out the images. I got messy and blended the paints here and there.

I let the paint sit for about 20 minutes. These paints dry fast, but I wanted to make sure the paint was completely dry before I moved on to the next step.

I love this sunflower stamps so used this stamp to stamp all over the painted cardstock. Then I cut the images out using a pair of scissors. Here are the colors I used on this layout. I decided to go a little crazy with the colors, but I love the outcome!

I used my butterfly punch to use up all of my scraps. I did not want to waste any of the painted paper… My thought was, I can keep these in a drawer to use on another project! Saves me a lot of time and work!

Here are a few close-ups of the completed project. What do you think? This is such a fun technique and it’s sooooo easy to do!

Thank you for visiting today! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

 

Haute Mess Paint is made by hand by artisans here in the USA (Southern California).
We are a SMALL BATCH COMPANY. Every single color is mixed by hand ONE GALLON AT A TIME to ensure freshness.

There is a unique BATCH NUMBER on every single bottle of paint. We are able to tell
by that number who mixed your paint and what date it was mixed on.

Haute Mess Paint is completely free of VOC’s. (Volatile Organic Compounds). Paint
has chemicals that can stay in the air for years. It can also give you headaches,
allergies, nausea, and other health problems. Not Haute Mess!

We are Eco-Friendly. No VOC’s. Recyclable container. The container can be
repurposed. Haute Mess Paint and Mediums swatch book included. Swatch book is ACTUAL
paint and mediums. NOT computer generated images. What you see is EXACTLY what you
get. Inspirational Post Card with ideas to inspire your muse.

Captured

I’ve got a fun technique with Haute Mess media!  I created this sweet scrapbook page about my boys with lots of subtle blues and browns. The brick wall in the photo was my inspiration for the background of my page.

On white cardstock, I started by brushing Haute Mess paint in Dive Bar in a large area.  Once that dried, I used a brick stencil to add Haute Mess White Gesso with a sponge applicator.  It was applied pretty thick.

Once dry, I brushed on Haute Mess paint in Last Sin.   Spritz with water and wipe away from the Gesso.  The Gesso resists the paint for a subtle color wash.  It gave the paper a patina with the light blue tone.  I love the texture that the sponge gave the bricks.

Once I adhere all my papers, rub ons, embellishments and photo, I added some more texture with a stencil and the Haute Mess Molding Paste with a palette knife.

I love how the modeling paste kept it’s height and stays exactly as you put it down when dry!  It’s smooth and creamy … just delish!

Using the Haute Mess media makes me so incredibly happy and I’m sure I will find more ways to use them on a variety of projects!

Haute Mess Paint is made by hand by artisans here in the USA (Southern California).
We are a SMALL BATCH COMPANY. Every single color is mixed by hand ONE GALLON AT A TIME to ensure freshness.

There is a unique BATCH NUMBER on every single bottle of paint. We are able to tell
by that number who mixed your paint and what date it was mixed on.

Haute Mess Paint is completely free of VOC’s. (Volatile Organic Compounds). Paint
has chemicals that can stay in the air for years. It can also give you headaches,
allergies, nausea, and other health problems. Not Haute Mess!

We are Eco-Friendly. No VOC’s. Recyclable container. The container can be
repurposed. Haute Mess Paint and Mediums swatch book included. Swatch book is ACTUAL
paint and mediums. NOT computer generated images. What you see is EXACTLY what you
get. Inspirational Post Card with ideas to inspire your muse.

Thanks for letting me share my project with you!

Altered Wall Art using the Haute Mess Acrylic Paints

Good morning bad girls! I am so excited to finally share this altered wall art piece I created for my scraproom. I was able to create this fun piece with just a few gorgeous paints, paint brush, 4×4 piece of cardstock, fabric, stencil, butterfly punch, a button and a 4″x4″ frame. For this piece, I selected 4 different paints from the Haute Mess acrylics, but feel free to use more! God knows, there are about 27 gorgeous colors to chose from in the shop! It was definitely hard for me to narrow my selection down to 4 paints. LOL

I used four different Bad Girls Couture Haute Mess Paints to create this little gem which includes Kiss and Don’t Tell, Oops! My Bad!, X-Rated, Drop Dead Gorgeous. See them all here! Which ones are your favorite?

How to:

  • Cut 12×12 piece of white cardstock to measure 4″x4″.
  • Select 4 bottles of the Haute Mess Acrylic paints as desired.
  • Using a stencil, small paint brush and the acrylic paints, color patterns onto the cardstock.
  • Allow paint to dry for 5 minutes (these paints dry super fast!)
  • Cut a piece of fabric to desired size and glue the fabric to the center of the painted cardstock.
  • Punch a butterfly image from a scrap piece of patterned paper and adhere it to the center of the fabric using fabri-tac or Tombow glue.
  • Then glue a small button to the center of the butterfly.
  • Insert decorated cardstock inside of a 4×4 frame of choice.

Link to Video:

Haute Mess Paint is made by hand by artisans here in the USA (Southern California).
We are a SMALL BATCH COMPANY. Every single color is mixed by hand ONE GALLON AT A TIME to ensure freshness.

There is a unique BATCH NUMBER on every single bottle of paint. We are able to tell
by that number who mixed your paint and what date it was mixed on.

Haute Mess Paint is completely free of VOC’s. (Volatile Organic Compounds). Paint
has chemicals that can stay in the air for years. It can also give you headaches,
allergies, nausea, and other health problems. Not Haute Mess!

We are Eco-Friendly. No VOC’s. Recyclable container. The container can be
repurposed. Haute Mess Paint and Mediums swatch book included. Swatch book is ACTUAL
paint and mediums. NOT computer generated images. What you see is EXACTLY what you
get. Inspirational Post Card with ideas to inspire your muse.

 

 

Altered Wall Art

Hi everyone! Today, I have a very fun project to share with you! A few weeks ago, I was thinking I needed something for my wall in my scraproom. I searched online for something pretty with lots of color and shapes/patterns and saw some paintings that were a few hundred dollars…and I didn’t even like them that much! So, I sat at my computer searching other websites and I just wasn’t feeling it. Then I talked to Wendy for a little bit on the phone and was like, I gotta go… LOL, I have an idea. hahaha, I just love when that happens.

I didn’t waste any time. I pulled out a piece of white cardstock and applied lots of Bad Girls Couture’s gesso to it. While it was drying, I pulled out stencils, paints, mists, Nuvos, stickers and buttons. I had a vision!!

When applying gesso to cardstock, I don’t worry about making sure it’s completely smooth because I want to add some texture to my project. Notice the messy look… You’ll see what I mean later in the post. 🙂

I used several stencils on this piece with a variety of different bright colors. I started with the darker color (blue) first using a mini circles screen. The brayer helped flatten the acrylic paint. Then I added some orange mist and blended it in with a baby wipe. Initially, I was going to use a pink butterfly. If you look closely, it’s there… but isn’t really clear. I decided to use the white paint to mute it down some. I used the cap to add a few bigger circles in the background, here and there. I used a scribble stencil at the top left-side of the paper using the orange mist to give it a rougher appearance. Once the paint dried, I added a little bit of lime to break up the orange, blue and pink a bit by applying a small dot on the brayer and rubbing in on the layout… By using a little at a time, I had more control over the color.

Here is a glance at the stencils I used…

I used Bad Girls Couture’s Molding Paste and a triangle stencil to add more dimension to the background. I decided to keep it white so it would pop off the page more… rather than mix it with some acrylic paint.

I was going to stamp a girl with wings to the center and it didn’t turn out well… so I covered her up with some more paint and splashed some more orange paint to the background. That is one thing I like about creating a mixed media piece…you can easily cover up your mistakes!

I love a little touch of black with bright colors… So I used this splatter stamp and some black ink. Then made swirls in the center of the splatters. Once the Nuvo dried, I added Jillibean Soup Buttons to the center using Tombow Glue. This glue is awesome… Nothing is coming off this page with this glue.

As an after thought, I added the chipboard hearts as well. I left them in their natural color since I had enough color… These chipboard hearts are by 7 Dots Studio. I glued some Doodlebug rhinestones to the center of the buttons just for fun.

And here is the final piece! I just love this piece and I especially like the fact that I didn’t have to pay a few hundred dollars for it! What do you think?

And here’s what it looks like framed. I was looking for a 12 x 12 metallic frame, but then I decided to just go with a gray frame.

Thanks so much for visiting today! I hope I’ve inspired you to experiment with your mixed media products. It’s sooooo therapeutic and fun. I totally want to try this again. 🙂

Baby Liam Layout – Antiqued!

My sweet baby bird…I have had this layout in my head for a while so it was so satisfying to get it out and see it on paper!

I mentioned to you before that when I see zig zag stitching it reminds me of old linens so it was a no brainer that I would include them on this layout for Antiqued Friday.  I also did some hand cutting on the Crate Paper for “Liam” and then stitched over it, giving it a vintage appliqué feeling.

I used a Prima stencil from a previous kit and my Bad Girls Couture Molding Paste to make the textured designs and then rubbed on some gold paint after it all dried.  You also see I did a lot of distressing along the papers edges with a distressing tool and inked everything with a brown stamp pad.

I used some clear crackle medium to make a crazed, antiqued effect that kinda reminds me of vintage china once rubbed with some brown ink.  I topped it all with a distressed Prima flower, inked with brown ink and rubbed with gold acrylic paint.

Positive paper cup!

Hello my creative girl! How is your weather like today? We have drifts and blizzard, so I sit at home and rest with a great inspiring set of February! I can iterate endlessly paper and watch the patterns on sheets of paper and cardboard decorations! I’m a fan of the American Kraft))) and adore foil stickers chipboard! This time I caught a paper cup Kraft – paper! there was a desire to decorate it))) and I took to create.
I twisted it in his hands and put a sticker on Birdie – sparrows. I liked the way he looked … A complete picture of the composition immediately appeared in my head!

I took a molding paste and stencil @ Badgirlscouture2017 from Prima Marketing.That stencil does not move, it should be fixed with adhesive tape. Followed by patience, so that the paste is dry, and only after drying, remove the tape and stencil.

I like the way this snow simulation looks at a paper cup.

I chose a small golden inscription of a set of labels for this composition. I also added the composition with small white paper snowflakes.

I think it’s nice to get a paper cup of tea on a cold day. I hope that has inspired you! Now paper cup can serve you more than once! Thus, we can preserve our natural resources and make the world a better place!

Excellent creative week! See you soon!