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up for grabs this week is a lovely wood and floral pattern.  would make a nice background in any type of art or mixed media project.  i think i’ll somehow incorporate it into the background of my next doll assemblage, perhaps.

click on the image to enlarge and download (this is just a snipet of the pattern):

altered bits, texture tuesday, free background image, wood, fence, floral


oh yes, it’s tuesday again!  and here is a stained floral background.  click to enlarge as this is just a small snippet of the image:

stained, floral, background, altered art, texture, digital art


i have a massive texture making fetish.  dunno why, but i do.  so, i think every tuesday that i’m in the mood will be texture tuesday.  a freeby texture i’ll offer up for use in your physical or digital art, iffin you’re into that sort of thing.  (i have NO idea where “iffin” came from, sorry.)

free texture, photoshop texture, paper, sky, free images

BUT that is nowhere as cool as pulp in my hands… yesterday, i received not one but TWO of the books for our pulp redux collaboration.  i have both lisa jurist’s book (mudhound primitives) and lisa sarsfield’s book (lucky dip).  yes, two pulp books in my hot little hands in unison!!  omg, they are AMAZING!  i gently unpackaged each of them, one at a time, to get a good look at them before carefully wrapping them back up.  they are so fat!!  and i don’t mean in that weird teenage cool way.  they are thick as hell!  lisa s’s measures in just about 4 inches thick (two more people to work in it) and lisa j’s book is just over SIX inches thick.  wonder how they will look when i’m done…

…this is how they look pre-alicia-contributions…

lisa sarsfield’s book (i’m working on this one first as one more person will need it after me before pulp #1 comes to a sad end).  her theme is “labyrinth”:

altered book

and this is lisa jurist’s book.  i’m working on hers second as i’m the final contributor and i don’t want to hold anyone up.  her title is “roots, beneath the layers”:

altered book

(and happy birthday to my husby!  he’s 31 today.  woots!)

i have gotten about 47 emails inquiring as to how i crackle and age my little frozen charlottes.  or maybe 48.  i’ve lost count.  anyway, i have finally created a PDF tutorial outlining how to create these aged and crackled little babes, with additional instructions on how to create a faux rust finish AND how to create the little 3d hearts (only about 13 people asked about that, but i wanted to include it anyway).

crackle, frozen charlotte, aged frozen charlotte

soon i will also offer a kit that will include the tutorial, a small frozen charlotte, crackle medium and paint needed to achieve this effect.  this should be available by the end of the week.

you can check it out on the tutorial’s page of the altered bits website.

i will be giving away a copy of this tutorial next weekend.  just leave a comment to be entered into the drawing.  the winner will be selected at random via a random number generator.

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!!

One World One Heart was created by Lisa Swifka in 2007 as a way to bring bloggers together from all over the world. Last year over 900 bloggers from 28 countries participated! i am quite pleased to be participating and will be giving away the following:


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

your choice of EITHER the black and white (er, black and coffee stained) man OR black and white woman, framed and matted in a 5″x7″ frame (as a 4×6 print).


an altoid or similar tin, with four frozen charlottes and some vintage buttons, nested in a bed of burlap and/or other fabric and/or lace.  it will slightly differ from the image displayed.


frida, ooak fabric and paper aceo

a OOAK fabric, paper, vintage lace and metal embellished ACEO/artist trading card with a lovely image of frida on it, made by me today, just for this give away.  the lace is obviously a tad wet still in the photo, sorry.  just wanted to get it up ASAP.


cracled window effect PDF tutorial

TWO crackled window PDF tutorials (well one tutorial each for two people ).  if you win, i will send you an ever so secret link so you can download it.


free digital collage sheets, give away

i will be giving away one digital collage sheet of your choice from my site: to TEN people. (six new sheets being added this week, btw.)

i had another piece in mind to make for this AND a couple of other supply-type items so check back over the next few days as i will be adding it if i get the time. that’s cheap, i know, sorry.

when commenting, please let me know which item(s) you are most interested in. make sure i have your email address or some means of being able to contact you.  the drawing will be FEBRUARY 15th, 2010 and i will use to generate winner — in the meantime, to remain sane, i’m going to number each comment so when the time comes, i don’t have to count a zillion times.  the winners will be posted sometime between the evening of the 15th and 17th (as i may be going out of town — my birthday is the 18th).  oh, and you MUST have a blog to win.

on a more personal note, i feel like a jerk for not getting back to a lot of you regarding bartering, or responding to emails.  one issue after another around here — short story this time is that i injured my neck and back horribly and haven’t been able to move much.  being on the computer and phone hurts so i’ve been avoiding it all.  huge apologies, especially to donna and jill and johnna and keriny ninny and the wonderful barterers.  i’ll get my act together soon, promise.  🙂  and AFTER that, i’ll post pulp contribution photo.  wohooo!

P.S. I think OWOH players have broken Blogger this evening.  I can’t leave comments on any of those.  Good thing I have WordPress.

vintage halloween card
i’ve been working for weeks on thoroughly cleaning and organizing my studio and have an ever-growing pile of fun things i will probably never use.  i was going to post them on my etsy, but then i thought “oh, i can give them away!”.  so, today will be my first of several little give-aways on my blog over the next several months.

free give-away: accordion book, collage sheets, embellishments, free online art tutorial, crackle paint

these are just random embellishment images i had, not what i'd send

first up, a 4.25″ x 5.75″ blank black accordion book still in its packaging, 8 custom quarter-page collage sheets based upon your favorite few on my site, and a couple embellishments (beads, buttons, fiber, etc.).  in the spirit of halloween and goodies, i will also toss in a free download of my crackle tutorial, mentioned in this post.  please note that this book was a gift to me and i never opened it or know how it’s constructed or anything.  😛

all you have to do to enter is comment, and if you feel like it, share your favorite, funniest, scariest, weirdest, grossest, most supernatural, or “whatever”  hallowe’en/samhain story (or whatever you celebrate on this date).  i will have my husband be the judge if there are stories so as not to have to feel the pressure of choice, and if no stories, i’ll randomly chose via  the winner will be announced next weekend and the parcel shipped.

vintage halloween image
happy hallowe’en!  happy samhain!!  i hope you all have a great and safe night tonight.

boy have i been a busy little bee lately!  getting ready for a few shows and adding things to the altered bits site over the next two or three days.  i’ll have four new collage sheets (witches, bones, darker-themed-alicia-type stuff, as well as some naked ladies and such).  apothecary bottles, mico-beads, petree dishes, microscope slides with covers, etc.  all coming soon just a little too late for halloween.  whoops!

i added three new photoshop textures, or backgrounds — whatever you could want to use them for on the free art page as well:

and last but not least, i’ve added a new tutorial for my “crackled window effect” on the art tutorials page.  eventually there will be heaps of free and paid tutorials in both PDF and video format but it’ll take awhile to get them all up.  some will be from me, and some from our fellow amazing arty friends so stay tuned.

you know those times when you put yourself fully into making something for someone and it ends up being a big ol’ flop!?  well that seems to be my week.  first, i was working on this sweet piece for my wonderful friend lisa jurist at mudhound primitives and decided to add a top coat of varnish.  i have no idea where i got the image i used but i’d saved it for a long time and it felt soooo right to put it in her piece.  about 20 seconds after i brush on the top coat, the image started to bubble, then sloughed off the canvas board!  it was a total nightmare.  i don’t think there is any way to fix that, so i shall start again.  what a jackass i am!

so the very next day, i tried to make something for someone else.  total mono-chromatic flop.  here, just go ahead and laugh at me, i don’t mind (little hanging ACEO, the flapping flop of an attempt at something sweet):

to make up for it, i started something else for said friend and i felt it was just fine.  set it down to dry, tossed my paint-covered baby wipe to the side and went on my merry little way (to watch dexter!).  omg.  so baby wipe landed on the piece and i could pretend i meant for this to happen but look at all of the black ickiness.  i’m sad.  so what?  send a sweet friend two crap pieces and an IOU?  lol.  i crack myself up sometimes.  i wish there were lots and lots more hours in the day!  or that i didn’t have to cut my art time to work (took a month off — bad, bad timing for that one!!).

i did, however, start one and finish another piece that i just so happen to like (both!), so at least i have a 50-50 thing going on this week.  will post those later.

off to read emails for the first time in 3 or 4 days, woots!  happy creating, friends.  🙂


P.S. Bunches of us have been particpating in The Art Exchange.  If you don’t know what it is, here is the gist: you get an email from one of the players, you send a piece of art of sorts to the person in the #1 slot in the email, you move the #2 person up and replace them with yourself in the #2 spot.  Sooo… you end up sending out ONE piece of art, and you forward the email to six people.  In turn, you get THIRTY SIX pieces of art in return.  A couple of the people I’ve sent this too are having difficulties finding players that aren’t too busy.  If you’d like to play, post here or email me so I can get you in touch with someone to get you involved.  It’s soooo fun!

peek at alicia caudle's black and white art zine submission

not very many people have voted for the next altered bits zine theme but i’m pretty dang impatient so dut-duh-da!  i’m picking!  i’m allowed to do that.  okay, i lie — 20 people voted, but i’m still picking based upon the results gathered thus far.  there was a tie and the winners were: notorious (kerin!) and words and symbols (robert!).  so next zine theme for december is notorious and the next-next one is words and symbols… for marchish.  (then, print version!  but shhh.  can’t think about that right now.)   i picked that order because we just did numbers and… you know… letters and numbers are similar.  i like to keep things mixed up a bit.  kerin “wins” page one of the notorious zine and robert “wins” page one of the words and symbols zine — see!  you guys just committed yourselves!  (you don’t really have to play if you don’t want to.)  and i’ll also bundle up some goodies for each of you too since i think that was part of the deal.

as for the love page theme, the guys didn’t like any of the suggestions BUT i’m seriously behind on emails so there could be more that i didn’t show them yet in all honesty.  regardless, where’s the love?  hmmph.  apparently nowhere, at least until i get caught up.  they said things like “just call it artist interviews” and “why does it have to have a ‘fancy’ name?”  um, maybe i want one?  didn’t someone say plain ol’ “artist interviews”?  i’ll have to check.  speaking of which, i have three amazing artists lined up for september and beyond.  i don’t think i’m going to spoil it just yet though by admitting what/who is up my sleeve.  i will just say that you’ll be giddy with bliss when you see. promise.


my sweetsweet friend kim passed me the wonderfully kind meme award.  this, fortunately or unfortunately, requires me to reveal seven things about myself before passing it on to seven other people.  i’m weird and shy and don’t like attention so this will be tremendously difficult.  seriously.  i’ll try to keep it short for all of our sakes.  🙂  (this does not take away from the fact that i appreciate it so very much and want to smooch kim smack dab on the cheek!)  (funny update: took me three days to write the seven things.)


i am freakishly shy… at first.  social situations with large amounts of people i don’t know well oftentimes makes my tummy feel funny.  after that, beware — i’m just a ball of giggles and outgoingness.

(i just got really stuck there so went to ask my husby, saying “i don’t think there are seven things interesting enough things about me to share.  what do i do!?”  he rolled his eyes and said “there are over 700 interesting things about you, wifel”.  whatever.  he’s required by law or at least by paper so say that crap.  and he didn’t help at all.)


i’m absurdly allergic to anything even mildly chemical: bleach, varnishes, adherents, anything containing latex, etc. until just recently when my husby bought me a respirator (latex free!), i was unable to use many art supplies which always made for a fun challenge to find non-toxic solutions. i’m still a bit paranoid about some things, like epoxy resin, but i’m working on it.  the worst that would happen would be difficulty breathing to the point of blue lips, dizziness and huge oozy skin welts so i just need to get over it.  sheesh.


i love gardening.  if i could quit doing web design and just garden for a living, that would rock.  wait, no.  quit coding, keep designing and garden at the same time, while having time to create at least one art piece every day or three.  i’d be giddy.  too bad no one would pay me to dig in their dirt what i charge for design work.  so i’ll just keep building garden beds in my own yard (and a chicken coup and a tree house) while planting anything else i can get to fit.  ohoh, i think i’m getting two columnar apples (malus domestica) this weekend for the side yard!


see number 1.  i’m often seriously weird about my art, and only photograph about 1/3 of the things i create, or less.  i sell mostly unsigned pieces in three primary portland locations that i am not going to currently fess up to but will give a vague hint in case you want to go peek: a bar, a shop, and a gallery.  don’t even ask ’cause i have no idea what my issue is.  i once did a whole show of unsigned work and pretended just to be an onlooker and gave a blank stare and a shrug when this guy asked me if i knew whose work it was.  he bought two pieces so i later had to admit it was me so as not to be rude, but it was awkward.


i “collect” things that many people may find mildly creepy or weird, such as bugs, bones, chick/stingray, etc. fetuses, anatomical and medical curiosity/mishap related imagery, etc.  most of you already know that anyway.  if not, surprise, surprise.


i’m a secret math and science whore.  but in a good and un-creepy/un-weird sort of way.  mmmmm.  numbers.  grand unified theory.  yeah.  i could go off but i’ll spare you.


i’m a procrastinator and a pack-rat.  my studio’s work-space appears to be totally disorganized but typically know where most things are (except tape and scissors — always lose those).  i think it’s a pisces thing. the shelves and other places are meticulously organized and the contrast looks like multiple personality disorder.

and on to part two… i would like to pass this along to these seven beauties (in alphabetical order):

debbie: debrina’s diary
donna: layers
gaby: colorful adventures
jo: the crow road
joanna pierotti: moss hill studio
(i’d say KIM here but i don’t think i’m allowed to “give it back”)
leslie: snips and snails
lisa: mudhound primitives

i have art crushes on you seven, stalk your blogs often, and always feel endlessly inspired by you.  thank you.  🙂  and thank you kim!

i drew kim's name in the sand

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