Oh, Yes, I Am Playing Along…

Oh, yes, I am playing along with this year’s prompts

I have a sketchbook–well, it’s more of a writing journal that I turned into a sketchbook…and I have been sketching every day of October…

Here are some of the finished pieces:


It usually takes me a couple days to sketch, then paint, then finish each one…which is why I don’t publish them every day…I just can’t…but eventually…all shall be revealed.


But wait, I have also been using the prompts here to write stories over on the Sisters blog…can you tell which ones were inspired by what prompt?

My goal this month is to write something every day…whether it gets published on Sisters or not…so far, so good…

Here are a couple links to get you interested…and inspired…more will be coming along…

Flowers In The Forest

Into The Forest Dark

Sleep Tight

I think at the end of October, I will pull together all the art that I have done, as well as all the stories, and I will create a little book…different than the usual free PDF at the end of October…but still, along that same vein.



Books…More Books…

Oh, did you think it would just be prompts and not much more this month here on Alyce?

Nope.  I have too much to do…and I don’t want to schedule these posts for November since I am working on them now.

We went to the thrift store recently and here is what I picked up.  I wish I had gotten more.  But, this is enough to get me started…



New altered books waiting to be made…

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The plan is to make a bunch of altered junque-type journals to sell in the coming year.  I can hear you ask–why the coming year when the holidays are coming soon.

Well, because I am not promising anything before the new year because I can’t be sure I can do it all in time.

I will consider special orders and special requests though…if you have an idea, shoot me an email here and we’ll talk.  I can take on some projects, but not a ton right now.

The idea of trying to make a bunch of things to have on-hand to sell…I can’t manage that right now.  I will get there; I just need to do things in my own time as I am healing from surgery.

Having said all that, as I do create new books, I will make walk-through videos so you can see what’s going on…and I will try to keep my glitter crow faery dust thing to a minimum, as I can, if I can.


29 Faces Update

So, this is not the month for me to do this challenge, at all.

I have been planning to write this post for a while…and luckily, I have many sketches on instagram to show that I actually have drawn something…

Am I up to date on my count?


I have completed five faces in total.  I have sketched out twenty faces in total.  My pink polka dot journal has a face on every page…thanks to going to my husband’s latest softball game and feeling calm enough to sketch and to scribble (it was really nice, outside, under a tree, without much noise in the background…well, most of the time)…

May not look like much, but it's my 29 faces journal I made from a gift bag…

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I won’t be posting every single instagram picture…they are all tagged.

I haven’t been posting the finished products–and yes, my printer/scanner is still refusing to speak to my computer…two of the pieces I did this month were actually for other projects and you will be seeing a lot of them next month and next year…but for now, I will not be revealing them.

WIP. ..first layer of color

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The week after next I am having surgery…I am reaching a point where all I want to do here is clean and organize–which is a farce when my teenager comes in right behind me and literally in five minutes has decimated all the work I have done…and thank you, I have tried talking to her–she can’t see what I am talking about so I am wasting my breath…so, I do what I can…and pray I might find some of the things she puts away who knows where when I actually need them…so I am not sure how much more art I will do…or if I will just keep making books…I like making books–it is calming, stressful but relaxing…and since I now have a collection of fountain pens to play with…I am looking forward to some downtime to write after the surgery…knock on wood.

A New Hand-Made Hand-Bound Journal Created

Found a stack of old artwork…turned it into a little handbound journal

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A while back, I lost my three-hole punch.

It wasn’t really lost; it had merely been put somewhere safe, somewhere very safe…and it took me a bit to figure out where the heck that might be.

During the many—many—searches that I made in order to find that three-hole punch, I found a great deal of stuff…much of it I had totally forgotten about.

Before I started taking any sort of online art classes, I had painted these very quick Goddess figures on cardstock…and I found the stack of them, stuffed under and stuck back behind, a bunch of stuff…

So I pulled them out…confused as to their existence for a while.

Then I decided–they’d make a terrific base for a journal of some sort…be it an art journal or a writing journal.

So, on the sixth, I started to work on my Full Moon piece.  I used paint — and I had left-over paint–which I threw down on some cardstock because it was sitting right there.  Halfway through the Full Moon piece, it struck me that the cardstock goddesses would be fine wrapped in a cardstock cover.

So.  That’s what happened.

I splattered and sploshed paint all over the cover cardstock piece.  Then I doused that with a hefty dose of glitter.  hey, if it doesn’t have glitter, is it honestly worth having?  Come on…  I let that dry a little bit before spraying it with sealant.  Then I let that dry for a few hours.

Meanwhile, I cut all the goddess cardstock to the same size, as I hadn’t apparently paid attention or cared about every piece being the same size when they were originally created.

I created ten signatures of three pages each.

When the cover was dry, I cut that a bit larger than the pages themselves.

I added a piece of duck tape (patterned, yes) down the spine to reinforce it a bit.

Then I eyeballed the binding holes…and that is why they are so uneven–I thought I had everything right…but apparently, the guide I was using had slipped and I didn’t notice until after I had the holes in the cover…thirty holes in the cover–that wins, hands down.

So I punched the holes in all the signatures.

I bound the signatures in, using crochet thread.

Then, I added duck tape to the inside of the covers, along the outer edges, just to add some strength, and because the pages are a bit smaller than the covers and I didn’t want the unpainted underside of the cover showing after I glued down the first and last page…so — duck tape took care of that.

I am beginning to enjoy binding books with the tails on the inside of the signatures.

I am also contemplating making some books with hidden bindings.

So much going on lately…who knows what will come of things?

I’ll keep you updated as I find things out…and as I figure things out.


My September 29 Faces Journal

I had about decided to go with one of the journals I already have, bought or made, when my husband came home from work bearing gifts.

We didn’t tell anyone ahead of time about the wedding, so his office team threw him/us a wedding party.

I love using wrapping paper and different bits and bobs from holidays and parties in my work, although usually on canvases.

As I sat looking at the bags he brought home (and the gifts were incredible too, thank you all 🙂 ) — it struck me that my choice of journals had already been gifted to me — all I had to do was put it together.

I didn’t take any pictures of the process…because I didn’t actually think of it, because it was late at night and I was more in mind to get the journal done and let glue and whatever dry overnight so I could start to use it today…but I do have the after pics.

This is the front.

The cover started life as a simple gift bag.

I carefully cut it open and turned it into a more square piece of heavy paper.  I removed the carry straps…and held on to them for later.

The bag was actually the right height, so I didn’t have to trim that part…I had to trim away the entire bottom of the bag.  I added washi tape along all the edges because I had to glue the top part of the bag down to the inside because the bag came with overlap.  I added another strip of washi across the bag’s holes for the handle.

I cut the, well, more rectangle than square, in half, so that one side of the bag would be the spine…I had to trim the spine to the correct size, because from the beginning I was only planning two or three signatures.  I also trimmed the opposite side of the bag away, because there was too much overlap on the inside covers from it.

For the spine, I glued the two sides of the cover together, overlapping…and then I used one of the cut-out pieces of the former side of the bag to reinforce that by gluing it down over the top of that join, on the inside of the cover.

finished spine

I created my signatures, using regular buff colored cardstock, just folded in half.  Three pages per signature–three signatures total.

I marked my holes and sewed each signature in.  I used a five-hole binding.  I then glued my very front and very back pages down to the cover, to strengthen the book and to give it more stability.  Then I took the overlap from the covers and glued that down to the front and the back pages I had just glued down.

front inside cover

back inside cover

Since the glue was still wet, I sat that under a nice heavy dictionary for a few hours.

Then, when I felt the glue was set, I took it out and sprayed the cover with a spray sealant…because there was already enough pink glitter all over the house from the bag in the first place…now the dots will stay in place.

I left it to dry overnight.

center of one of the signatures

random page inside the book

back of the book

So it’s not the fanciest book I have ever made, but I love it.  It means a great deal to me because of where it originated.

I can’t wait to get to work creating faces in it.

If you’d like to join Ayala’s 29 Faces Challenge, click here for more information.

I hope to be posting finished faces here, soon.


The Ledger

I have found a ledger to call my very own.


I frequently see many fellow artists creating in their ledgers books, using them as altered journals–and I love that…

I love taking something old and creating something new.

I love adding colors and patterns and swirls and LIFE to things thought dead and unwanted.

I am also endlessly entertained by the fact that this ledger was for an automobile company…the tabs are all about new cars, used cars, repossessed cars.

I have no idea what I am going to do with this journal yet…I have some ideas.  I just want to be sure because I have sort of an idea about creating based around a single theme…and I want to make sure that feels really good before I start…because I don’t want to start it…stop in the middle somewhere…and then it be years or whatever before I come back around to it.