Mad Like Alyce

This was a really fast project that had a lot of impact! I wanted something simple to hang on the spare bit of wall between my entry and the galley kitchen, and this did the trick while making a nod to both of Damir’s and my “home”. The hardest part of this will be googling for maps, no joke.

Map art 2

“Home” Map Art

You will need:

  • Color printer
  • 2 or 3 “float” frames, any size, but I recommend 8.5 x 11 inch
  • Scissors and double stick tape
  • Internet access, and Microsoft word

Instructions:

1. Decide what size you would like your artwork to be. The easiest way to do this is find two or three frames that are 8.5 x 11 inches since this is the same size as a standard sheet of paper. If you don’t have Photoshop or a similar image editing software, this works just fine!

2. Decide on whether you want your maps to be portrait or landscape, and ideally, select one that works best for both/all of the states/countries you are including.

3. I have said 2-3 since you could do a frame for each of your home states/countries and a third for the state/country you currently reside in. Since My home state IS South Dakota and we currently live here, my version just includes 2.

You will also notice that I did a mish/mash of State and Country. This was actually a bit of my nerd showing… I was curious to see how large Bosnia is in comparison to South Dakota, and it turns out Bosnia is a quarter of the size of SD! That and I identify much more with South Dakota specifically rather than the whole U.S. in general, its such a large and diverse country. But I digress…

4. Find your maps! Google each map and try to find two maps that have a similar look in terms of color, topography indicators, etc.

5. (If you are a designer/photographer, please don’t kill me for this… I KNOW Word is not a design tool!) In two separate Word documents, both in either portrait or landscape, place your photo and size so that the images of each are nearly the same size. You can do this by dragging until you max out the space, either vertically or horizontally. You can also intentionally leave one slightly smaller, its up to you!

Note: Make sure to take the margins into account, as most printers will not be able to print the full width of the page. You will also want to make sure the image you select is large enough to prevent it from pixelating when you resize.

6. Print out your pages, then trim around the border of the country/state. Using double stick tape (to keep them from slipping), place in your float frame.

Hello!

Hi! I'm Alyce.
Welcome to my journey towards living a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain... and never letting it keep me from my passion for Halloween, cooking, and way too many DIY projects... all at the same time!

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Super excited that my family is NOT doing gifts this year! We are all just bringing a side dish, dessert, and a board game for some quality family time. What are you doing for Christmas? #thegrinchwhostolechristmas #whoville #grinch #grinchchristmas #christmasmovies #grinchmas
  • Even if I wanted to go, my schedule wouldn't allow it! 4 o'clock: wallow in self pity. 4:30: stare into the abyss. 5 o'clock: solve world hunger (tell no one). 5:30: jazzercise. 6:30: dinner with me, I can't cancel that again! 7 o'clock: wrestle with my self loathing. I'm booked! Course if I bump the loathing to 9 I can still be done in time to lay in bed, stare at the ceiling and slip slowly into madness. But what would I wear! #thegrinchwhostolechristmas #whoville #grinch #grinchchristmas #christmasmovies
  • "I'm gunna throw up... and then I'm going to DIIIIIIIEEEEEEEE!"
Probably my favorite line in the entire movie, so much so that it has stuck with me for years. This is often how my anxiety feels like, and I think of this line from the Grinch often when I'm struggling, even at the height of summer! So, the Grinch is a bit near and dear to my heart, and no one will ever take Jim Carrey's place in my heart, even if if it does grow three sizes. #grinch #thegrinchthatstolechristmas #christmas #grinchmakeup
  • I’ve never actually smoked a day in my life. #frosty #frostythesnowman #glamfrosty #winter #wintermakeup
  • One of the reasons I liked this makeup so much was the incredibly simple nose. I’ve tried some looks in the past and I don’t know if it was the white face, orange nose, or just my lack of makeup experience, but I hated them. Instead of trying to literally draw a carrot, this is just a nod in that direction. Also, I’m not one for glitter but I really dig these eyes! Good thing I like them, because I still have glitter on my face. #glitter #frosty #wintermakeup
  • Sticking with my winter theme, it’s Frosty! Ok, this one is a great example of why I love the internet. I saw an AMAZING frosty photo on an Instagram feature account and took a screenshot because I was dying to recreate it. Normally I make sure I have the artists handle in the screenshot so I can tag them if I ever do try it, but somehow missed it this time. To find her, I took to YouTube to find @victorialyn ’s tutorial, and I’m completely blown away with not only the makeup, but the production quality of her videos. I know how much time and effort something like that takes and they are so much fun to watch, even if you don’t plan on doing the makeup in the tutorial. I love finding new artists to follow and be inspired by! #frosty #frostythesnowman #winter
  • The last look at my Frostbite! What other injury makeups could be considered "Holiday"? or at least timely for winter? Or should I do something more glam next? I have half a mind to save more gory winter looks for January when i'm no longer feeling the warm and fuzzies when it snows! #winter #frostbite #frostbitemakeup #sfx #sfxmua
  • "Walking in a Winter Wonderland"
Im really pleased with how this turned out! I know it's no super glamorous but creating actual injuries and skin conditions is a great challenge. I'll spare you the reference material, but it was fun trying to re-create the blistering, as gross as that sounds. Stay warm my friends! #frostbite #frostbitemakeup #winterwonderland #sfxmakeup #sfxmua
  • "Baby it's cold outside."
This look inspired by a 3 hour drive in a blizzard last weekend. It actually wasn't too bad, mostly just excruciatingly slow, but living in SD, I know how dangerous it can be going off the road in bad conditions. #frostbite #SFX #sfxmakeup #brrrrrr #sfxwound

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