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weekly palette #5, antique doll head

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as a reminder, the winner will be announced on the last sunday of every month.

this month’s prize is a stack of 4×6 papers… some vintage and antique book pages and sheet music, handmade papers, printed papers, etc.

 

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here are the “rules” if you missed the first posts:

  • create something using some or all of the colors in the weekly palette (at least three is preferred).
  • “something” = anything.  if you make it, it counts. an assemblage, something altered, a painting, a collage, an art journal page, a book/book cover, a dress, a pair of mittens, jewelry, digital art, a newly refinished piece of furniture, a craft item — anything.  any medium. i just want to see people get creative.
  • email a photo (or two) of your piece with the email subject “weekly palette” to hi (at) altered bits (dot) com but in proper email format with no spaces.  include your name, blog or website address and whatever else you want.
  • IF YOU’RE SUBMITTING SOMETHING PERSONAL, SUCH AS AN ART JOURNAL PAGE THAT YOU DON’T WANT POSTED, PLEASE INDICATE SO.  i’m kind of a mind-reader, but not always spot-on.
  • check back on the last sunday of the month to see if you’ve won as i’ll post the winner’s name, blog or web address, and submission photo (unless they’ve requested it not be posted).
  • feel free to enter every week for additional chances to win at the end of the month.  one submission = one entry.
  • have fun creating!

weekly palette #4, anatomical drawing

the weekly palette, design/art contest, give away, anatomical illustration, fetus

as a reminder, the winner will be announced on the last sunday of every month.

this month’s prize is a stack of 4×6 papers… some vintage and antique book pages and sheet music, handmade papers, printed papers, etc.

 

lines

here are the “rules” if you missed the first posts:

  • create something using some or all of the colors in the weekly palette (at least three is preferred).
  • “something” = anything.  if you make it, it counts. an assemblage, something altered, a painting, a collage, an art journal page, a book/book cover, a dress, a pair of mittens, jewelry, digital art, a newly refinished piece of furniture, a craft item — anything.  any medium. i just want to see people get creative.
  • email a photo (or two) of your piece with the email subject “weekly palette” to hi (at) altered bits (dot) com but in proper email format with no spaces.  include your name, blog or website address and whatever else you want.
  • IF YOU’RE SUBMITTING SOMETHING PERSONAL, SUCH AS AN ART JOURNAL PAGE THAT YOU DON’T WANT POSTED, PLEASE INDICATE SO.  i’m kind of a mind-reader, but not always spot-on.
  • check back on the last sunday of the month to see if you’ve won as i’ll post the winner’s name, blog or web address, and submission photo (unless they’ve requested it not be posted).
  • feel free to enter every week for additional chances to win at the end of the month.  one submission = one entry.
  • have fun creating!

weekly palette #3: aged tintype

weekly palette: aged tintype

as a reminder, the winner will be announced on the last sunday of every month (no winner in september since we started the last week, so play to be october’s winner).

this month’s prize is a stack of 4×6 papers… some vintage and antique book pages and sheet music, handmade papers, printed papers, etc.

 

lines

here are the “rules” if you missed the first posts:

  • create something using some or all of the colors in the weekly palette (at least three is preferred).
  • “something” = anything.  if you make it, it counts. an assemblage, something altered, a painting, a collage, an art journal page, a book/book cover, a dress, a pair of mittens, jewelry, digital art, a newly refinished piece of furniture, a craft item — anything.  any medium. i just want to see people get creative.
  • email a photo (or two) of your piece with the email subject “weekly palette” to hi (at) altered bits (dot) com but in proper email format with no spaces.  include your name, blog or website address and whatever else you want.
  • IF YOU’RE SUBMITTING SOMETHING PERSONAL, SUCH AS AN ART JOURNAL PAGE THAT YOU DON’T WANT POSTED, PLEASE INDICATE SO.  i’m kind of a mind-reader, but not always spot-on.
  • check back on the last sunday of the month to see if you’ve won as i’ll post the winner’s name, blog or web address, and submission photo (unless they’ve requested it not be posted).
  • feel free to enter every week for additional chances to win at the end of the month.  one submission = one entry.
  • have fun creating!

i’m kind of obsessed with color palettes lately for tons of reasons.  i’ve been trying to decide what colors to paint my bedroom for over seven years (it’s still white!) and what to repaint my living room, dining room and kitchen (orangesque, brown and blue).  i also like to think more artistically about it, like “if i only had those five or six paint colors, what would i create?” (or pens or pastels or pencils or papers or fabrics or yarns… you get the point).  on saturday, whilst creating a color palette board on pinterest, i decided i should make my own palettes.  then i decided that i should post them to share with others.  then i decided i should make it super fun and make it like a contest of sorts with prizes, especially now that i’m getting back into the groove of adding yummy bits and baubs to my altered bits site again.

so here it is: weekly palette #1.  vintage watch parts (on antique paper).

weekly palette: vintage watch parts

if you wish to create something using these palettes, be it a painting, an art journal page, a collage, a book cover, a skirt or scarf, an assemblage or anything under the sun, email a photo to me at hi (at) altered bits (dot) com (in proper format with no spaces and such) and you’ll be entered to win a monthly prize.  this month’s price: a stack of 4×6 papers… some vintage and antique book pages and sheet music, handmade papers, printed papers, etc.  just a nice stack of goodness for your creative uses.

i’ll be posting a new weekly palette every monday (some inspired by items i’m listing or have listed in my shop, nature photos i feel inspired by, a vintage photograph that draws my attention, etc.), and will be picking a winner on the last sunday of every month.  every prize will be different.  it could be supplies, digital collage sheets, a gift certificate to my site, original art or prints, etc.  but i’ll always let you know.  if you do a piece every week, you have more chances to win.  and sometimes there will be more than one winner ’cause that’s funner than just one.

happy creating!

free vintage circus trampoline photo
the winners of last week’s collage pack giveaway have been picked!  congratulations to the four picked from the original blog post:

patricia kurowski
debbie price-ewen
romeo and “her”
katie cahill

and the facebook winner of the fifth free collage pack is:

serena barton

congratulations, ladies!  (and romeo!)  i will try to contact each of you directly today to get your mailing addresses (or if you see this first, email me your address to hi (at) altered bits (dot) com — no spaces, of course).

for those of you who did not win, stay tuned as i will be having lots more summer giveaways.  and you can take the above trampoline girl from a circus image above (click for larger version).

yachats oregon beach shot

right after i posted the giveaway, my family and i traveled to yachats, oregon (thus my utter silence) for a job my husband had.  in addition to being one of the most amazing musicians in the world, he’s the king of artisan concrete.  he does the most amazing decorative concrete floors, patios, counters, etc..  anyway, it was a LOT of fun to visit the coast again (we go to the northern oregon coast almost every month but i haven’t been that far south in years).  other than the gorgeous sea, stunning scenery along the drive, a doe and her fawn and heaps of sunshine, guess what i got to see!!  one of my favorite artists and dearest friends kerin gale of remnants of olde.  woots!  i love miss keriny and it was so nice to see her.

jema "emilly ladybird" hewitt

stay tuned tomorrow for an exclusive interview with jema “emilly ladybird” hewitt, author of “steampunk emporium” and enter to win one of two fabulous prizes: a FREE copy of her magnificent book OR a little steampunk bundle of gears, cogs, watch parts and vintage beads, etc.  see you then!

wowz!  the “inspired remnants, curious dreams” blog tour was an amazing hit and ever so much fun!  the winners are SUPPOSED to be announced in two day’s time, but i’m going to be super busy that day so i am posting them now (i’m not the first!).  without further ado, the winners of the fantabulistic blog tour prizes are….

book tour giveaways for inspired remnants, curious dreams blog tour

The winner of A) The book: Inspired Remnants, Curious Dreams by Kerin Gale.
Lisa Gatz of her self-titled blog Lisa Gatz

The Winner of B) One Aves Power Pack
Katie Cahill of Evil Seamstress

The Winner of C) Fluid Chalks Online Workshop by Lesley Venable at http://theartofaltering.ning.com/
Patti Edmon of Altered Attic
(Ironically, I was the first winner as my comment’s number came up, but that would hardly be fair now would it!?  I was sad though — this looks fun!)

Winner of D) Two Digital Collage Sheets of your choice by Alicia Caudle (aka “me”) of Altered Bits at http://alteredbits.com/digital-collage-sheets.php
Renate of Put a Little Magic In Your Life

Winner of E) Sample pack of Silputty 40 silicone putty mold mix from Silpak.
Barbe Saint John of http://www.barbesaintjohn.com

Winner of F) 1 OZ ICE Resin and a mixed metal bezel from http://www.iceresin.com/
Sharon of Live Wire Jewelry

All of these prizes will be shipped directly do you by the manufacturer/publisher/etc. except he collage sheets which I will email to you and the online workshop.  PLEASE SEND ME YOUR ADDRESSES and I will forward to the proper peeps so you can get you your goods.

And, there are MORE!  I did an additional drawing for just my readers (whom I love and adore).

free digital collage sheet giveaway
The Winner of 5 digital collage sheets of your choice is Sharon Rowland of Alice’s Secret Door

And last but not least, the Winner of the “How to Crackle Charlottes” PDF tutorial and three un-crackled Frozen Charlotte dolls is Lisa of Vintage Glimmers

Huge congratulations to all of you lovely ladies!! (I like that there are two Sharons and two Lisas)  🙂

Contact me ASAP with your contact info and I shall get the ball rollin’ so you can get your goodies.  I will try to contact each of you via email today too, of course.

now that i’m well again, and despite my broken riblets, i can’t stop cleaning and organizing.  i finally finished the kitchen and am back to doing the studio.  omg, i have WAY too much stuff!!  as a result, i’ll likely be posting several giveaways over the coming weeks.  just as cool, i already have FIVE huge bags full of arty goodness to donate to scrap (school & community reuse action project).  if you’re from portland, you surely already know and love scrap.  for those who don’t know, they are a non-profit and their mission is to inspire creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior by providing educational programs and affordable materials to the community.  i didn’t mean for this to turn into an advertisement (even though they kick serious ass with their yummy section of re-use lace and glass and fabric and paints and wood thingies and rusty this and that, etc.)….

antique, photos, carte de viste, vintage, fabric, buttons
first, a little bundle of goodness, including two 1800s antique carte de viste photographs and a little brass photo frame with a heart (just from the 80s — had a photo of a niece in it at one time).  will come wrapped in three vintage fabric pieces, and tied with a lovely recycled sari silk ribbon.  could be fun to make some fabric collages or add to an altered book or whatever.

old coin charms, bellydance coins
these are the four left-overs of all of the new coin charms i have bundled up and added to my site.  i was going to keep them for myself but omg, i have WAY too much stuff.  seriously — i could make a collage and an assemblage every single day for the next five years and the ONLY thing i may need to buy is nails and glue… and maybe not even that.

porcelain, clay mermaid baby doll

disclaimer: i have absolutely NO idea where this adorable little mermaid baby doll came from, if i bought it or if it was a gift.  please don’t hate me if you gave this to me or i got it from you or whatever.  it’s cute — just a little too cute for me so i figured i should give it to someone who would love it and put it to good use.  looks hand-made from a mold, perhaps.  has a hole through the shoulders so could be made into a big necklace or whatever.

all you have to do to enter is comment.  if you want one thing more than another please specify.  THREE winners will be picked by next wednesday or so.  by “or so” i mean i am shooting to pick winners on wednesday but i may get side-tracked as i do that often.  plus, the little man is going to gramma’s house on wednesday for FOUR days so i’m going to be childless and may lose track of myself for a bit.

un voyage par l’obscurité.

that is what i think this newest book of mine shall be called.  but of course i change my mind a zillion times before its complete.  i may call it phantoms and shadows.  actually, wait, i rather like that!  i’ll save un voyage par l’obscurité for another book.  yes!  the bird skull book.  (it must be somewhat annoying that i type my thought process(es_ as they are occurring in my mind.)

i photographed this cover yesterday afternoon, then spent much of the evening working on it so it’s already better than what i’m sharing but this will just have to do.

(click photos to enlarge)

singed red velvet with burned holes, lace behind in places, antique bone beads for the centers of the french knot flowers (the bone beads were apparently made in africa or south america sometime between the late 1890s and early 1920s — the bag i got them in was a mix of two kinds and i’m not certain which are which as i’ve since forgotten what the lady told me but i THINK these are the african ones, and the seed ones were from south america).

altered book, handmade book, cover, phantoms and shadows, red velvet, black lace, ghost, jump rope

i love to incorporate things from friends in my art to keep.  this frame was from my sweet friend debbie in new zealand, some of the black lace from my sweet friend jo in england, the gorgeous silk green, rose and creamy thread is from my sweet friend lisa in maryland, and the rest of the friend goodies are on other pages so you shall see those soon.

altered book, handmade book, cover, phantoms and shadows, red velvet, black lace, ghost, jump rope

this was a vintage photo of two girls (presumably twins) jumping rope together.  i made the one on the right super light by cutting her out of the photo, photoshopping in a background behind her and overlaying her and reducing opacity.  you can’t tell in this dark photo, but in person, you can see the “alive” girl’s dress through the ghostly one’s dress.  the crackle and such looks WAY better in person but as i was photographing in the son weird shadows and reflections were occurring… or phantoms?

altered book, handmade book, cover, phantoms and shadows, red velvet, black lace, ghost, jump rope

the brass antique frame is not set into the front of the book so it doesn’t look gappy or weird anymore.

altered book, handmade book, cover, phantoms and shadows, red velvet, black lace, ghost, jump rope

and here is the whole front of the book as it was yesterday afternoon (the two lace bits on the top and sides came from a fantastically wonderful etsy shop called “mary not martha”, just in case you want some).  all of the edges are now finished and things look MUCH better.  kind of “simple” but definitely an alicia-style book, i’d say:

altered book, handmade book, cover, phantoms and shadows, red velvet, black lace, ghost, jump rope

AND, without further ado, i shall announce the winners of the “how to crackle a frozen charlotte tutorial”.  yes, i said i was going to only pick one, but i thought i should pick two since everyone was so sweet.

two winners of my art tutorial give away, frozen charlotte tutorial, crackle

woohoo!  congrats, you two!  please contact me and i shall email your tutorials straight away (your posts don’t have links to your blogs for me to inform you that you’ve won).

xx

all this give-away stuff has been just WAY too much fun (despite still having a couple of people to notify from the last)!!  and, in that spirit of giving and in celebration of my birthday (on thursday — yeah, crazy pisces girl), i would like to give YOU one more thing.


kerin gale, of remnants of olde and i are in cahoots on this one.  she is the creator of the wonderfully magnificent and extremely inspirational online art group mixed media art.  she is also an amazing teacher!  two of my favorites are resin clay pendants and vintage gentlemen textured resin — i have taken BOTH of these online workshops and there are very few things in the world that are more fun than an online workshop with kerin.  even better, you get to make some really flippin’ cool stuff!  so, this give away is for your choice of either the resin clay pendants workshop OR the vintage gentlemen textured resin workshop.  just leave a comment and you could win when i draw this weekend.

the drawing will be via random generator with finn (my son) as my witness.  he’s a 100% trustworthy assistant (as long as you don’t have change or chocolates on your desk as those tend to disappear when he’s around).  the winner will be posted at some point on the 21st.  (i’m allowed to be flighty and not give an exact time, right?  yep.).


BUT… that’s not all! sweet, sweet kerin has mentioned also that she will also be giving $10 off either the resin clay pendants online workshop or the vintage gentleman textured resin online workshop for the next week (starting… now!) — just put “altered bits” as a note on PayPal from today through the 24th (of feb).

good luck!!

the one world one heart giveaway was so much fun… i didn’t get to make it to even a quarter of the blogs, sadly, but i enjoyed the ones i got to visit and the several people i was able to meet along the way.  i am still going to visit each of the participants’ blogs — it is important to me to say hello to all who participated.  thank you everyone for such a wonderful experience!

it will take me a bit to get a hold of everyone directly so if you see this before i email you, congrats!  i will need some of your mailing addresses but don’t fret — i’ll be contacting you by tomorrow.

free digital collage sheets, give away
WINNERS OF A DIGITAL COLLAGE SHEET OF YOUR CHOICE

each of you get to pick a digital collage sheet from my site (http://alteredbits.com) and i will email the sheet of your choice to you (the little red * means that i have contacted you and sent your sheet — this will help me from getting too confused):

1. Marie of Art From My Heart in California, USA *

2. Constance of Rochambeau in Texas, USA *

3. Karen of Paper Fanatic in Ireland *

4. Janny of Tricolore Mixed Media in The Netherlands *

5. Katie of Katie’s Strange World in the UK (sadly i didn’t see your blog until now as you didn’t leave your link — your offerings were fantastic!!) *

6. Danit of The Letter Project in New Zealand *

7. Carapace of Cara Makes in the US

8.  Donna of Creative Journaling My Way in Georgia

9. Lynda of Taylor Made in Oz in Australia *

10. Abigail of Rusted Wings in Montana, USA

cracled window effect PDF tutorial

WINNERS OF THE CRACKLED WINDOW TUTORIAL

i will send you a link so you can download it from my server — it’s a huge print-quality file, sorry.

1. Tammy of Country Folk Art in New York

2. Gaby of Colorful Adventures in Germany

WINNER OF THE FRIDA KAHLO FABRIC COLLAGE ATC

Kirsten of Fleur De Boheme in Denmark

WINNER OF THE TIN OF FROZEN CHARLOTTES

Jacqui of OddDollz by Jacqui in Canada

WINNER OF THE FRAMED BLACK AND WHITE PRINT (of your choosing)

Tristan of Enchanted Revelry in Connecticut
(please let me know if you want the man or the woman)

black and white man and woman, mixed media art, collage


And…

because my finger twitched at the end there and i had a little guilt (double clicked the random generator just before the number displayed so it COULD have potentially thrown something off), i asked my son to come in and do me a wee favor.  i said “pick a number between one and one hundred eighty-eight”.  he said “twenty-nine”.

so…. miss sarah.  my dear sweet que sera, sarah of Hen Fruit, you win a non-framed 4×6 print of the black and white man.  it’s is perfect, too — i was so trilled that my little man picked your number because one of the projects next on my list to finish is that “house of fertility” piece that you said you loved and i said i would finish and send to you.  so you get two fetile pieces of art, my friend.  hope that’s not too many!

sarah and kerin — you have the same birthday.
it’s frida’s birthday too, right?

on a side note, i think next year i’ll keep it to two or three winners.  🙂  this took me almost four hours to post.  i say this with giggles and am sooooo not complaining — this has been fantastic and fun, and so great to meet so many new, wonderful people.  thank you, lisa!

it will take me a week or three to get everything out so please bear with me.

lastly, and on a pretty weird note, there was something eerily cool going on when i used the random generator to pick winners.  for every category i was choosing, the winner had specifically stated that they wanted that item.  it was pretty thrilling.

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