Wander – Mixed Media Page in Haute Mess Art Journal

Happy Tuesday!  This is Dale Ann back with you, sharing a Junque It Up, Tuesday project with you!  I’m working in my Paperdoll Palace Haute Mess Art Journal on one of the card stock pages.  Let me tell you, it held up to all the “junk,” I threw at this project!  I can’t wait to show you!

This page is so different than anything I’ve ever created before. So, honestly, I’m feeling a little insecure about it! But, I believe that art is about taking risks, pushing yourself and having NO FEAR!  If you want to try it, try it! If it doesn’t turn out, paint over it!  That’s my philosophy!  So, here we go.

I started out by prepping the page with the Haute Mess Clear Gesso.  Next I grabbed a stencil and scraped some Haute Mess Molding Paste through it for texture in a damask pattern.  Then I started adhering some plastic beads in different shapes and sizes, some of which I used the Haute Mess Matte Medium to stick them on.  (Some of the heavier stuff, I had to use hot glue)  I pulled out all kinds of things I had gotten in art swaps, some stuff was just junk laying around my desk and in my drawers!  There are jewelry pieces, paper flowers, gems and an actual washer in this piece!

Now it was time to start throwing some paint at it!  I started with our Bad & Tatted from the Haute Mess paint collection across everything I had put on the page so far.


It took a couple layers of paint to color up the crazy colors of the beads I used!  I added some of our magical Glass Bead Gel around the whole structure I had created.  This page was starting to get an “underwater treasure,” kind of vibe and it was calling for a mermaid!  To add to the underwater theme of the page, I grabbed some of my Dylusions Shimmer Mist in a shimmery blue color and sprayed it all around the page. It made the page absolutely sparkle!


For my mermaid, I found an image in a magazine and cut her out, then I put a paper frame I cut out with my Cricut, around her.  I wanted to give some depth to the page, so I used pieces of a makeup sponge that I had cut off under her, to create a shadow and separate her from the page a bit. I had painted the frame in the Bad & Tatted as well, and then inked it up with the shimmer mist in blue and black.

She needed some doodling on her, to give her a more magical mermaid makeover!  The sentiment reads, “Wander.  The Journey is the Destination.” I just loved that, because I felt like I definitely went on a journey with this page!  After letting her sit for a few days, I decided she needed some more color in her life.  So I pulled out a couple more colors of my Shimmer Mist and sprayed around the page letting it get drippy and messy.  Here’s how she ended up.

 I hope my artistic journey today inspired you to try something new, that you’ve never done before! Don’t be afraid to get messy and take chances! I’m really interested in what you think of this page. Please feel free to leave me a comment! And always, thanks so much for stopping by for a visit today!


Love, Dale Ann