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The time has finally come… the Inspired Remnants, Curious Dreams Blog Tour has commenced!!  Read through this post to learn about some of the MANY wonders of epoxy clay, find links to all participants in the tour, view the prizes you can win (there are 115!!), and see free giveaways for my readers too!  You may want to grab a cuppa coffee, tea or a beer and relax for a few — this is a HUGE post with lots to take in and look at!

Inspired Remnants, Curious Dreams, Kerin Gale, Resin Clay, Epoxy Clay, Apoxy Clay, Mixed Media Art Book

First, as many of you know, I’ve been friends with Miss Keriny for a few years now so I was “there” for the ride when she wrote this most amazing book.  It was such an honor and a privileged to get to hear the little bits and pieces she shared with me (most of it was a HUGE surprise when the book came out, of course, but I did get secret little-tiny peeks and hints along the way).  I was able to learn so many great things about the wonders of Epoxy and Apoxy Clays before the book was even released!  I mostly starting using Aves Apoxy Clay as an amazing adhesive in my assemblages, but have also made molds to create smaller items.  I am just now getting into “the bigger stuff” since reading (and re-reading) her book and just have to say that I love this stuff!!  So when Kerin asked if I wanted to participate in this blog tour, I was giddy.  (My son would have said “duhviously!” wich is a combo of “duh” and “obviously”).  Like Kerin, I want the whole art world to know about this great and wondrous art material and its endless uses!  Kerin is the queen of opening so many eyes to this wonderful stuff!

       

 anatomical heart couple, mixed media on canvas, ghost

This is an example of my most recent use of epoxy clay… everything, including the metal objects, hand-made boxes, hearts, bones, gears and beads atop the pieces and other bits are attached using Aves Apoxy Clay.  Additionally, I built up the anatomical hearts with this great and wondrous product before making molds of them so I can include LOTS of hearts in future projects.  Additional photos of these two pieces can be found on my website if you are interested in checking them out in more detail.

       

First and foremost, I would like to present the sponsors of this GRAND EVENT…
Visit these participating blogs along the way — the following is a calendar of dates each participant will be posting their wonderful information, art examples and giveaways.

May 1
Kerin Gale
Remnants of Olde: http://RemnantsOfOlde.com/posts

May 2
Alicia Caudle
Altered Bits: https://alteredbits.wordpress.com/

May 3
Lesley Venable
Flatwoods Folk Art: http://www.flatwoodsfolkart.typepad.com/

May 4
Christine Lehto
Lilly Bug Studio: http://lillybugstudio.com/blog/

May 5
Seth Apter
The Altered Page: http://thealteredpage.blogspot.com/

May 6
Nancy Perennec
Little Bit Wired: http://littlebitwired.blogspot.com/

May 7
Jen Cushman
ICE Queen Zine: http://www.iceresin.com/category/inspired-remnants-blog-tour/

May 8
Happy Mother’s Day!

May 9
Beth Robinson
Strange Dolls: http://strangedolls.wordpress.com/

May 10
Brenda Schweder
Brenda Schweder Jewelry: http://www.brendaschweder.com/

May 11
Esther Verschoor
Vanessie Art Dolls: http://vanessies.blogspot.com

May 12
Kecia Deveny
Lemoncholy’s Flight of Fancy: http://www.lemoncholys.blogspot.com/

May 13
Rachel Whetzel
A Year In The Life Of An Art Journal: http://oneyearartjournal.blogspot.com/

May 14
Shannon LeVart
MissFickleMedia.com: http://missficklemediacom.blogspot.com/

May 15
Marlaine Verhelst
Marlaine Verhelst Art Dolls: http://marlaineverhelst.com/blog/

May 16
Lisa Jurist
Mud Hound Studio: http://mudhoundprimitives.blogspot.com/

May 17
Michelle Bernard
Yesterday’s Trash: http://michellereneebernard.blogspot.com/

May 18
Kerin Gale
Remnants of Olde – Alan Rogerson feature: http://RemnantsOfOlde.com/posts

May 19
Facebook Party!
Apoxie Clay & Epoxy Clays Page: https://www.facebook.com/#!/home.php?sk=group_158159677562761

       

Sponsored prizes that YOU could win (each of the blogs will be giving away these wonderful prizes to MANY lucky winners!).  Please note that all physical prizes (i.e. non digital prizes) will be awarded to US participants only.  Access to Online Workshops and Digital Collage Sheets will be sent anywhere, worldwide.

To be eligible, all you need to do is leave a comment to this post by May 26. Please note in your comment if you are a resident outside the US.

book tour giveaways for inspired remnants, curious dreams blog tour


A)
The book: Inspired Remnants, Curious Dreams by Kerin Gale.  This will be mailed directly to the winner from Northlight Books.

B) One Aves Power Pack (selection of their most popular formulas)  from http://AvesStudio.com.  (This will be mailed directly to the winner from Aves Studios)

C) Fluid Chalks Online Workshop by Lesley Venable on her The Art Of Altering site which features many other awesome online workshops.  More information about this workshop can be found here: http://theartofaltering.ning.com/group/fluidchalksbackgroundsbeyond

D) Two Digital Collage Sheets of your choice by Alicia Caudle of Altered Bits (yeps, that’s me).  You can see my unique and cool collections at http://alteredbits.com/digital-collage-sheets.php

E) Sample pack of Silputty 40 silicone putty mold mix from Silpak.  This is the formula Kerin recommends in the book that has the longer cure time.  If you want to order any of these materials or have any questions, call Jerry at Silpak 909-625-0056.  He was her technical advisor for the book and so it’s great that you can talk to him directly and get any assistance you may need!!!

F) 1 OZ ICE Resin and a mixed metal bezel from http://www.iceresin.com/

       

Grand Prizes For Book Reviews

Any reader that writes a review ~ however short or long ~  of Inspired Remnants, Curious Dreams on amazon.com before July 31, 2011 and sends an email with the title “Inspired Remnants Review” to remnants.art@gmail.com will be entered in a drawing to win one of these prizes.  Please note that your honest opinion is wanted on this review.  Please note that all physical prizes (i.e. non digital prizes) will be awarded to US participants only.  Access to Online Workshops will be available worldwide.

A) The art piece featured on the cover of the book, “Sacred Totem”

B) Power Pack plus extra Fixit Sculpt clay from Aves Studio

C) A Frozen Charlotte Doll with digital tutorial “How To Crackle Charlottes” from Alicia Caudle of http://alteredbits.com (that’s me again! — see details on the tutorial below)

D)  Resin Clay Pendants online workshop by Kerin Gale from http://MixedMediaArt.ning.com

E)  Vintage Gentleman online workshop by Kerin Gale from http://MixedMediaArt.ning.com

F)  Choice of any one workshop being taught by Kerin and Charley at Art Is You retreat in Petaluma, CA.  The registration fee and workshop cost are both waived.  http://www.art-is-you.com/mysitecaddy/site3/generalinformation-westcoast.htm

G)  One copy each of Jen Cushman’s book, Explore, Create, Resinate and Susan Lenart-Kazmer’s book, Making Connections plus ICE Resin and a selection of bezels all from http://www.iceresin.com/

       


Altered Bits blog readers will also be entered to win one of these additional prizes
(like everything else, all you have to do is leave a comment to enter):

First, PRIZE NUMBER ONE  is a collection of three Frozen Charlotte dolls which I will mail to you bundled up with love and pretty wrappings:

three free frozen charlotes, give-away
…along with a PDF Tutorial I created called “How to Crackle Frozen Charlottes” (creative, huh!):

frozen charlottes, crackle, hot to, tutorial
With this tutorial, you can learn how to create wonderful crackled and faux rust finishes for Frozen Charlotte and Charlie dolls and learn how I create those little 3d hearts on them.  This is a great combo with Kerin’s book in that you can learn how to make molds of these girls, and create replicas in Epoxy Clay, then paint them up all pretty like these few examples:

crackle finish, frozen charlottes, faux hearts, anatomical heart, crackled dolls, giveaway
And PRIZE NUMBER TWO (also only for my blog readers) is a collection of FIVE digital collage sheets of your choice from my website: http://alteredbits.com/digital-collage-sheets.php  and http://alteredbits.com/collage_sheets.php (yep, I’ll make ANY of them digital for you).  Here are just a few examples of some of your many options:

free digital collage sheet giveaway

       

As if ALL of this hasn’t been enough…

During the blog tour (from May 1st through May 19th), you can get $5 off Kerin Gale’s ground-breaking and hugely inspirational book Inspired Remnants, Curious Dreams bundled with her amazing online workshops (I have taken all of these workshops from Kerin so trust me when I say they are A-FLIPPIN’-MAZING!!).  All you have to do is enter “Altered Bits” in the note section when you check-out through Paypal and you will receive the $5 back.  What a fantastic deal!

Resin Clay Pendant, Epoxy Clay Necklace, Online Workshop  Resin Clay Pendant, Epoxy Clay Necklace, Online Workshop  inspired remnants, curious dreams, kerin gale, mixed media, art book, epoxy clay, apoxy clay
Resin Clay Pendants Workshop + Book = $35 + shipping
  (only $30)
http://www.etsy.com/listing/63483761/inspired-remnants-book-and-resin-clay

Vintage Gentleman Necklace Workshop, Online, Inspired Remnants, Curious Dreams  Vintage Gentleman Necklace Workshop, Online, Inspired Remnants, Curious Dreams  inspired remnants, curious dreams, kerin gale, mixed media, art book, epoxy clay, apoxy clay
Vintage Gentleman Workshop + Book = $40 + shipping 
(only $35)
http://www.etsy.com/listing/27210387/inspired-remnants-book-and-vintage-gent

Resin Clay Pendant, Epoxy Clay Necklace, Online Workshop  Resin Clay Pendant, Epoxy Clay Necklace, Online Workshop  Vintage Gentleman Necklace Workshop, Online, Inspired Remnants, Curious Dreams  Vintage Gentleman Necklace Workshop, Online, Inspired Remnants, Curious Dreams  inspired remnants, curious dreams, kerin gale, mixed media, art book, epoxy clay, apoxy clay
Both Workshops + Book =  $70 + shipping 
(only $65)
http://www.etsy.com/listing/72931590/inspired-remnants-book-super-bundle-with
Enjoy your journeys and good luck!!

OR, if you already have her book, any of her online workshops will be a mere $15!!!  go peek at her shop now!

PLEASE NOTE: Just leave a comment for one entry to win one of these fabulous prizes (every blog on the tour has about this many so hooray!). Get more chances to win by sharing info about the book tour!!! When you leave your comment just say where you posted (facebook, twitter, your blog, etc.) Each post is worth one entry in my drawing!

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as cryptically prefaced in my previous post, i wanted to let you know that the online book tour & blog hop for Inspired Remnants, Curious Dreams by Kerin Gale starts this Sunday, May 1st, at Keriny’s blog: http://remnantsofolde.com/posts

Kerin summed up the event perfectly on the Apoxy Clay Facebook Page so I shall quote her: There are 18 days of giveaways (with Aves [apoxy] clay, ICE resin, silicone mold material and much more!!!) and fantastic art and such. Please help spread the word on your own blogs and FB pages and twitter and skywriting if you have planes available.  : )

inspired remnants, curious dreams by kerin gale

i will add that this book has been literally the BEST mixed media art book that i have ever read, peeked at, held or looked at in my whole life.  i LOVE this book (and not at all because i’m in it)!!  i am so honored to be #2 in the blog hop (wait, maybe ‘number two’ isn’t a good thing??).  seriously though, there are heaps and loads of AMAZING give-aways on each of the participating blogs and you could win!  all you have to do is visit each of the sponsoring blogs on their date (which we all will be posting soon) and leave a comment.

inspired remnants, curious dreams by kerin gale

to kick it off, i will share a few photos of one of my very own copies of the book, and the review i wrote on amazon.

I cannot say enough good things about Kerin Gale’s “Inspired Remnants, Curious Dreams”. I am a huge purchaser of mixed media art books and this is by far my favorite (so much so that I bought two copies for myself and one for my mom).

Typically, when I purchase a new art book I flip through the pages, taking in all of the pictures, then set it on my dusty bookshelf for a potential future peek. This book, however, is totally different: one copy resides on my bookshelf and the other hasn’t left my desk since I bought it four months ago. I flipped through the pages at least a dozen times, then read it twice. Unlike most mixed media art books, Kerin’s book contains projects that I would LOVE to try. They are so innovated and unique, and just stunningly gorgeous. I want to make ALL of them! Her witty humor and understandable detailed directions are comparable to none – I am left with no questions, but rather an amazing new skill set to create fun and visually pleasing pieces; my only problem was which one to create first.

Epoxy clay has got to be one of the coolest products on the market today. Kerin teaches us how to make molds to create duplicates of things we love (like ornate textures or Frozen Charlottes), and schools us on the infinite things you can do with epoxy clay – you can safely use it on things left outside, you can use in it water (i.e. a fish tank!), you can make sturdy but delicate looking jewelry, and so many other exciting and wondrous things that you should just go buy this book right now. Among my favorite projects are the light-up pieces and a raven handbag that’s to die for!

inspired remnants, curious dreams by kerin gale

hope to see you here on the 2nd, and on kerin’s blog the day before!

oh, i like this page too:

inspired remnants, curious dreams by kerin gale

(funny circle — i meant that’s me as in “alicia caudle”, not as in “the empress alicia caudle” — if i wasn’t going to be so busy for the next few days i’d change that five minutes ago!!)

phew!  i swear to gawd and goddess i thought i was going to die for a little bit there.  i ended up having two horrible recurring bouts of pneumonia after only a half day here and a whole day there of feeling better.  one night, i was so sure i was going to drown in my own body that i wrote a long “love letter” to my son, praising him for all of the wonderful things he is and telling him how proud i am of him, sharing that i know he’ll grow up to be a great and wonderful man who does amazing things.  i didn’t die, thankfully, but after 8 days of a 104 fever and four weeks of coughing so hard i nearly passed out and then breaking ribs due to said coughing, i sure thought i would.  it’s nice to be back, and alive… and ready to art it up again.

very belated happy new year!!

there are so many exciting things that i’ve wanted to share, though i’m quite sure that at least 79% of you are already aware of 96% of it so i’ll just mention the biggies.

inspired remnants, curious dreams, kerin gale, epoxie clay, art book, mixed media art
first and foremost, i am sooooo very proud of my wonderful and sweet and utterly talented friend kerin gale of remnants of olde for publishing her very first book, inspired remnants, curious dreams, which happens to be THE very first book on epoxy clay in the existence of this world.  she is a creative genius, that girl!  you can get your copy here on amazon, or even better, in her etsy shop bundled with her online classes HERE.  check back here soon as i will be writing a review of her book and posting it here and on my site as well.  i promise you’ll love it!

this is my piece in it (i did this a couple of years ago — you know how long it takes for books to be published!).  the empress — my little tarot gal:

the empress, tarot, mixed media art, assemblage, doll parts, epoxy clay

next news, seth apter, king of the mixed media world and his blog the altered page has begun a wonderful new installation of the pulse, entitled “collectors edition”.  i just happen to be in the collectors edition chapter two, which you can find by clicking on his lovely image below.  this is such an inspiring and wonderful collection of peeks into other people’s collections.  i LOVE it!!  you will love it too.  get ready to be inspired!


in small news, i’m cleaning the heck out of my studio for the first time in about 4 years and downgrading in a huge way.  i will be donating a lot of it to scrap and other local places (just sent a huge box to a school for children with autism and asperger’s syndrome), but will also be giving away LOTS of little things here on my blog.  stay tuned for vintage photos, old metal coin charms, rusty bits of this and that, frozen charlottes (just got about 600 more which will soon be on my site), other vintage victorian dolls, and other totally random items.  i want to share the love.

oh, and last but not least, the altered bits zine deadline is going to be pushed out a bit farther.  if you wish to be published, please read this: http://alteredbits.com/artzine.php and please have your work(s) to me by the new deadline of february 25th.  i was on my death bed for so long there that i cannot keep up with the first plan, sorry folks.

more soon.  i have some gluten free baking to go do for the boys.  😉

several weeks ago i was interviewed by the wonderful ms. debbie overton from mixed media collage artists marketplace.  this is a new thing for me — i’m typically the interviewer and rarely the interviewee.

as noted on the site, the mission of the marketplace is:  “A place to connect, promote, inspire and share resources to help others live a creative life in their artful journey!”  how fantastic and kind of debbie to do so much to promote people. i adore this lady!  if you don’t already follow her blog you should.  there are amazing creative contributors and fantastic artist interviews, reviews, etc.  debbie also has a wonderful ning group that i have been a part of for a long time: http://www.mixedmediacollageartists.com

click the image below (a screen shot of the mmca marketplace blog) to read the complete interview:

artist interview, alicia caudle, mmca marketplace

thank you so much, debbie!

artist interview, alicia caudle, mmca marketplace

in other news, happiness is a good, functional computer!  i got it back with almost everything totally restored and in good working order.  i’m insane about backing things up, but my external little terabyte drive drive started smoking a couple of weeks ago, literally, and i lost it.  that had everything on it — totally intended to replace it straight away but in dealing with school district bullshit, computer poo, a couple of shows, redecorating three rooms in the house, remodeling part of the other house and other insanity, it got pushed to a back burner.  bad me!  now i have two back-up drives.  i implore you to do the same as any little thing can go awry and it can wreak huge havoc on your arty life.  another thing: back up your blog every so often “just in case”.  i have a WP blog on my main site which was just hacked and deleted. that’s where i posted sales and specials, new site items, artist interviews, etc.  this is my tech side speaking… but it’s good to know.  </techie girl rant>

artist interview, alicia caudle, mmca marketplace

my sweet friend keriny (the ninny) deserves a little shout out right now too.  if you haven’t read her most recent blog post, you should!  i am so proud of this girl!!  not only does she have her new book coming out soon (inspired remnants, curious dreams — available on amazon for pre-order but that is the WRONG cover they have up there right now), she is going to be in another book entitled 1000 steampunk creations.  i can’t wait to get the book!

this is the magnificently GORGEOUS piece that she will have in the book:


you may or may not be able to tell by looking at it, but this genius necklace is actually a time travel device.  you should hop right over to her blog to read about it.  know what’s really flippin’ cool though?  i own this necklace.  this gorgeous piece of steampunk genius is MINE.  😉  (oh, and i get a photo credit in the book, but that’s nothing, really, compared to her BEING in it!)  congrats again, lady!!  (oh, and if you do read this post of hers, you will see that we’re in cahoots and planning up a few pretty darn magnificent things together as you read this!)  (not sure i’ve ever said “cahoots” before in my life.  what is the origin of this wacky word?)

i wish things hadn’t been so crazy lately and i wasn’t so busy.  i was featured in FIVE etsy treasuries this week.  i’m not bragging at all — my point is that they were GORGEOUS and i would have LOVELOVED to share the other people with you.  birdcage, one of my prints, was in two of them… the rest was cool doll parts and a frozen charlotte art piece.

thank you so much to everyone for all of your words of support about my computer.  she is healed and i’m sooooo happy.  🙂

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!!

still no new glasses but art and soul portland was fantastically fun despite only being able to half-see the beauty of it all.  i was blessed with the opportunity to hang out with kerin and charley, which was much fun indeed!  additionally, i was able to meet many people i had previously only known through blogs and ning groups, and new people i hadn’t met before.  i procured soooo many new treasures and wish i had photographed them before intermixing them into my pre-established treasure trove of art goodies so i could share.

i was very kind to myself and purchased a gift for the art-needy side of alicia… a piece entitled “mind’s eye” by michael demeng.  it was a pleasure to meet him and to see his amazing piece, lilith, in person.

i am a horrible photographer and this piece is much more alluring in person. you know my adoration of hearts!  love this man.

backing up a bit, i have been so busy and side-tracked lately that i have not had the opportunity to publically thank the amazing, talented and beautiful lisa jurist (whom i love and adore!) of mudhound primatives. she has bestowed upon me the most amazing piece of art!  miraculously, she has included my very favorite edgar alan poe quote in it, which she of course had no way of knowing (or did she?).  look at this amazing masterpiece (and again, please forgive my horrible photography skills):

both lisa’s piece and michael’s are just above my monitor on the wall so i can adore them with constant ease.  thank you so much, lisa!  this piece is so amazing and beautiful and i am so very honored to own a piece of your magnificent art!  i am still working on my piece for her, and feel horrible for not getting my arse more in gear sooner.

speaking of gifts, and kerin for that matter, holy crap!  look what that talented beauty made for me:

you can purchase one on their etsy shop (when they get it back up), though not with a 13 because that is MINE. 😉  you can also sign up for their under my wing workshop here to learn how to make TWO winged journals complete with a fabulous bird!  she is so sweet to have made this for me.  all i did was create some banner ads and advertising “junk” for her mixed media art ning.

my boys seem to have jumped onto the “gifting alicia/wifel/mama” bandwagon too.  how sweet is this!

husby burned a heart-shaped hole into this leaf while at work the other day and had it sitting on my desk when i got home with a pretty bouquet of hand-picked flowers:

my little boy is the sweetest little thing too.  he likes to collect things from nature for me.  check out the neatest stash from that cute little monster:

i love those poky ball thingies.  why can’t i remember what they are called?!!  and the moss, and lichen, and crow feathers and leaves… he’s so sweet.  🙂

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whoops.  this was saved as a draft and never published due to yet another big scare from aforementioned “little boy”.  i got a call from his school with a lady on the other end saying “we need you to get down here right away.  your little guy has hurt his neck on the playground and apparently can’t move.  i’m going out there now to see if it’s a 911 emergency.”  she had no idea at that point what had happened but i thought of him falling head first off the play structure and being paralyzed.  thank goddess i was wrong!  he was fine later, as he was able to walk to the office to wait for me.  we haven’t heard back about his xray but there doesn’t appear to be a fracture, but rather lots of sore muscles and a potential rotated vertebrae.  he fell down while playing dodge ball and some other kid tripped over him, landing on his wee neck!  so it’s been a crazy few days around here… again.  they gave us another dvd with his bones on it but i can’t find it right now so i’ll post them later.  that boy is accident prone and expensive!  but he’s okay and that is the biggest blessing of all.

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