Spotlight Series Day 24 – Alyce, Kit and Clowder

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Who are you?  

Alyce from Kit and Clowder Online Colouring Classes www.kitandclowder.com

Kit & Clowder Facebook Group

Kit & Clowder Blog

 

 

Where are you? 

Australia!

 

When did you first start drawing/designing seriously

Just over two years ago when I turned Kit and Clowder from just my blog to our online colouring class website. Well, I was probably taking it still seriously before then making many many design team cards but I never dreamed that I would be doing this now with our classes 🙂

 

If you were getting a tattoo… what would it be? 

I am so chicken! I would be like Phoebe in Friends where she went to get a tattoo and only got a dot before she pulled out hahaa! I don’t even know what I would get – a cat?

 

What was the first product you ever had for sale? 

Our Skin and Hair class although both the content and the format has changed drastically since the launch!

 

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Who is your inspiration/muse?

My inspiration is everyone who forms Kit and Clowder. I would not be doing this if it weren’t for all of the Clowdies that are part of our group. When I am feeling down I know that I can feel inspired and uplifted by flicking through our Facebook Group and seeing everyone’s work, and also when people post non-craft related stuff. It makes me feel excited that people like to share their lives with us and makes me want to share back.

 

How many people work with/for you ?

Just me 🙂 But Jon, Mr Clowdie, is my sounding board behind the scenes. I also have some really close friends that I have met since doing this that I know I can discuss about any topic/run through any idea and they 100% support me and tell me if my ideas are bad! 🙂

 

Name your favorite cartoon?

Oh my… everything Disney? Does Pixar count as cartoon? If we are going movie I would say Wall-e.. but if it’s cartoon tv it is Pokemon

 

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If you suddenly changed careers and went to work at Disney…what character would you want to be?

ELSA! Or Anna! Or Belle! Or Cinderella! Or Rapunzel! Or Pin Manager!

 

 

 

Which decade do you think had the best music?

90s!!! Spice Girls! hahaaa!

 

What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax

I like to read, sing, or play computer games with Jon 🙂

 

If you were reincarnated…who would you have been in a former life.

Cat – fluffy cat wanting lots of cuddles and food

 

When no one is listening…. do you sing in the shower?

I sing in the shower, not in the shower, and frequently get caught out by the postman.

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What is your most popular item in the store/shop? 

Our Skin and Hair Class

 

 

 

Who was your first celebrity crush…and have you drawn them? 

Probably Angel from Buffy hahaa! No I haven’t drawn him hahaa!

 

If you got locked in an elevator for 6 hours.. who would you most like to be locked in with ?

Joss Whedon and we would talk all things Buffy/Angel/Firefly/Avengers 🙂

 

What’s your favorite color?

It changes all the time! I like Purple and Aqua at the moment 🙂 But I really love all colours and having bright colours around makes me feel happy 🙂

 

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Would you go cave diving with sharks?

Uh not this question!! I am currently being persuaded into this for our Honeymoon O_O Sharks are one of my big fears and I think if I saw a Great White I would pass out in the water. I would say no but I think if I don’t say yes I won’t be getting married haha.

 

 

 

What was your favorite subject in school…?

English – I wanted to be a writer and I looove reading

 

When was your last REAL vacation and where did you go?

Disneyland! We went last year while teaching our US Retreats and it was the BEST!

 

If you got offered a weekend in a haunted  house/castle etc.. would you say yes?

Yes but I would be so scared! hehe! It really intrigues me because I feel there are so many stories and encounters for there not to be some sort of truth?

 

When you get the midnight munchies… what do you grab?

I have a bad habit of getting the coffee/chai latte sachets and halving them so I can get more drinks to keep me full! So I have many many of those to try and stop me eating everything in the house. But I usually still do – biscuits and chocolate 🙁

 

What is your favorite piece in the whole store? nature

Our new Elements of Nature class – I think it is our most professional class and also flowers and nature are really forgiving for people to colour. Skin and Hair is our most popular class but the actually topic itself is much harder so I think sometimes it’s nice for people to take a break and colour some flowers for some great results 🙂 I also love our Monthly Colouring Class as I feel that it really challenges me to come up with the content and I see the best results in this class. I see people improve the quickest here as they are challenging themselves.

 

Favorite quote?

If you are not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you aren’t doing anything very innovative – Woody Allen

 

What’s your guilty pleasure ?

Disney. everything.

 

What  job did you have BEFORE you started  drawing/designing for a living?

Interior Architect

 

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What’s your favorite event, or holiday of the year?

Christmas – I love getting presents for people and get so excited to give them 😀 I can’t sleep on Christmas eve.

 

 

 

 

How long does the average design/art work take from concept to final product?

Our Technique Classes take about 2-3 months of straight working on them from concept, writing the material, colouring samples, filming, editing, and putting the actual classroom and graphics together. It’s a really long process! It takes longer now than when I first started as I still do our one on one feedback daily which takes a few hours, plus our monthly class, and all of the admin work. So a Technique class probably takes about 4-5 months now.

 

What’s the one song guaranteed to have you shaking your booty anytime, anyplace ..anywhere?

So many! I love all Taylor Swift 🙂 And anything cheesy hehe

 

What do you love most about all the people you meet through your work?

I love how supportive everyone is. I feel that people go out of their way to help one another and to make me feel welcome in their lives. I feel that I don’t have customers but I have friends and I’m so lucky to have met so many of our members now and know that we have a real friendship. I feel extremely lucky.

 

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44 comments

  • Linda Tagg

    Kit and Clowder has the best online coloring classes and Facebook group!

  • tynch

    love your classes

  • Good interview! I definitely need to check out your online coloring classes so I can do all those wonderful digi stamps out there some justice!

  • Awesome artist! Excellent courses that Alyce creates! Thanks Alyce for doing these for us!

  • Farrow mascoe

    I love Kit and Clowder classes!! And the Kit and Clowder family! Thank you Alyce for sharing your story with us 🙂

  • Nicole

    Alyce has the BEST classes!!

  • I love Kit and CLowder and I love all the fun and funny answers from Alyce!

  • Shelley

    Love all things Alyce! Generous, caring lady that I would love to meet someday.

  • What do you find the time to do everything you do and still stop to help when someone asks a question (like what color is verdge?) My Liberty turned out beautiful with your help. All you give to us and your in the process of planning a wedding. You and your “Clowdie” are a blessing to each other and to all of us. May your marriage be joyful and may you learn from both the ups and the downs.

  • Holly Stahly

    Alyce: A fantastic teacher,
    a lovely person, an incredible
    artist and a friend
    love you sweetheart,
    Holly

  • Alyce is a fabulous person and a great teacher. She puts hours into her classes, and helps anyone who needs it.

  • KT Fit Kitty

    This was so interesting to read! Alyce is fabulous!

  • Dee

    I’ve been taking these classes and it’s wonderful to learn more about Alyce. She’s a sweetie and the classes are GREAT!

  • JaneyG

    Alyce, you inspire me! I’ve watched a couple of your classes and think you’re an excellent teacher. I haven’t submitted any work yet, because I just don’t have enough markers to do justice to the wonderful lessons you present. If I had the money, I’d take ALL your classes! Thank you for sharing your gifts with us!

  • Claire

    Wow what a great interview, I love your work and have learnt so much thank you Alyce

  • I didnt know about you until just recently and I love your fb group.

    Appreciate your help when I asked too 🙂

    Endeavour to do one of your classes one day – you are such an inspiration

  • kate

    i have been a fan of kit and clowder and Alyce for almost 2 years now and have soooo many of her classes and LOVE everyone of them, they are an amazing resource that i go back to time and time again and my colouring has improved a million times because of them. Alyce is also a lovely lady who is there to help no matter what. The best investment i have made into my colouring ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • love the class list…and the interview. My daughter loves Buffy/Firefly too!

  • I’ve only just discovered Kit & Clowder, such a great site and wonderful Facebook group.
    Lovely to learn about Alyce – I’ll be sending off some wedding roses soon

  • Great Write up 😀 I learnt some more things about you Alyce. Love K&C x

  • You have such a talent for coloring and teaching. I have a class I purchased but haven’t started yet. Too much going on in my life at the moment. But I know it’s waiting on me and calling my name!

  • Bindi Millson

    Ooooooh Alyce. You kept the honeymoo plans quiet…..I’ll go with Jon if you like

  • Merrie

    Alyce- it has been great reading about you and I WILL get to February’s class and color Molly’s fabulous fairy.

  • Julia McNeill

    Thank you to the Crafting Circle & Alyce for this interview.

    I have been an avid fan of Alyce & K&C for quite sometime, this interview has been fun & wonderful to get to know Alyce a little better … I can imagine our happy Alyce singing all the time 🙂
    So love all the classes, the feedback is amazing & most of all love the fact Alyce gives us all confidence to try new things, but also to use those new skills in our own ways … I have definitely attempted things I would never have dreamed off a few years ago.

    Hugs to Alyce, thank u for brightening my day 🙂

  • Great getting to know you and thanks for sharing all of this with us
    Video games great for those winter months when you just need a little bit of time killing zombies or saving a princess

  • Myndi

    What a great interview! I learned some new things about Alyce too. There’s no way you would catch me swimming with sharks either, but tell Jon whatever he needs to hear to get him down the aisle. ? Love you, Alyce! ❤❤

  • Sandra kingsley

    Loved reading this! You are so loved all over the world by us Clowdies and I love the friendships that I personally have world wide thanks to you and Kit and Clowder.
    I treasure our friendship and those that I have also met at the retreats. Nobody could ever feel lonely as there is always a Clowdie around to cheer you up and make you feel special or just there to help you thru a tough time. We love the book clubs, random acts of kindness , the monthly bingo, the classes and most of all friendships. I love how my confidence in drawing and colouring improves everyday after doing your classes, it is one of my greatest loves only second to my family. One thing I wish you would do thou is get more sleep lol!
    Love you to the moon and back ??

    • Alyce Keegan

      Sandra your comment and you mean the absolute world to me – thank you so much for your constant support and friendship <3 I'm so glad to have got to know you through Kit and Clowder and to hear that it means so much to you is so special to me. Thank you so incredibly much <3

  • Conie fong

    Hi Alyce! I really enjoyed reading your interview and getting to better know you! Your story of how your started kit and clowder is truely amazing and very inspirational !! 🙂

  • One of my favorite people Alyce is so warm and welcoming to all crafters. Not to mention how absolutely talented she is not only in coloring by her teaching method also. I have taken several classes and always come away feeling great and that I have learned a lot. I have signed u for the Nature class but have yet to start it.

    • Alyce Keegan

      Donna you are so sweet! Thank you so much for your beautiful comment… you really made my day. Go get started on your Nature class… it is a lot of fun and flowers are very forgiving 😉 – I know you will do more than beautifully and you know I am here if you ever get stuck 🙂 xxx

  • Nicky

    OMG fab review. I learnt loads about you. This was a fun one. Your classes are great and soooo helpful. Keep up the good work!

    • Alyce Keegan

      Thank you so much Nicky! ^_^ I really really appreciate your lovely comments ^_^

  • WOOT WOOT Alyce, this was an awesome interview, nd I can say for me, that we love just as much to be there as you do, if not even more. It´s like a home, you HAVE to visit every day. You rock the world lady.

    • Alyce Keegan

      hehehee! Maryann you are so sweet – thank you so incredibly much for loving the community <3 I've always said I think this is what makes it special – is that everyone owns it as much as me .. it is your community not just mine 🙂 Sending a big hug to you today 🙂 x

  • Jan Westcott

    Lovely to know a little more about you and how looooonnnngggg it takes you to get technique classes up and running, omg! Don’t know how you have time to relax and have fun.

    • Alyce Keegan

      Hahahaa yes Jan – soooo long! I don’t think a lot of people realise how much behind the scenes work goes into them! I just want to make sure they have everything possible for you all so you can choose how you best learn rather than thinking you didnt get it all 🙂
      Thank you so much for leaving your lovely comment ^_^

  • April Catalogna

    What a wonderful interview with a very special lady!

  • Kathy

    What a great read! It is nice to get to know more about this lady who is an inspiration to us alll! I laughed when Alyce answers a question about singing in the shower: “I sing in the shower, not in the shower, and frequently get caught out by the postman.” LOL!!!

    • Alyce Keegan

      Hahahahaa! so embarrassing I tell ya! hahahahaaa!!! sending you a big hug Kathy 🙂

  • I had to do it .. you looked too cute not to pop your photo in too *grin… don’t beat me lol

    Thanks for another fab spotlight 🙂

    • Alyce Keegan

      awww man! hahahaaa! i hate having photos… this photo alone took about 200 goes… hahhahaaa! <3 Thank you so much for including me in your Spotlight – it was a lot of fun ^_^

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