life book 2016: registration now open


it’s been really rad reading the emails and comments from you all since announcing that I am teaching in life book 2016. I feel so incredibly honored to be part of such a great year long course…

that all being said, I’m stoked to let you know that LIFE BOOK 2016 is officially open for registration! hop on over here to snag your seat.

I can’t wait to create with you in class!

shop update: halloween minis!


blank mini journals have been re-stocked in my etsy shop! this also includes a limited run of halloween inspired minis, featuring five different prints. I’m so obsessed with the halloween minis I’m in the process of altering a couple into miniature spell books! you’ll also find I’ve replenished past mini favorites and added in some new designs…xo

+ need some inspiration? see what I do with my blank minis here!

love art happy life e-course!


when marieke blokland reached out asking if I would teach as part of the upcoming ‘love art happy life’ e-course, I was so hyped to say YES. allow me to share with you just why I was so thrilled about this class…

did you know I have two degrees in art history? yup, I sure do! well, it just so happens that the foundation of this class is ART HISTORY! each guest artist in the course is focusing on a different master in art history. this master will act as the inspiration for their individual class – both in the material they present, as well as the actual journal page you’ll be creating!

when I got the list of masters to choose from, it took me all of about three seconds to select EGON SCHIELE. a little bit of a secret: scheile is a HUGE influence in my work. my illustrated faces, contoured figures, all that creepy awesome…is influenced directly from schiele.

so join me and these other fantastic teachers won’t you? (Ivy and Iris I’m looking right at you ladies!). I’ve cooked up something really rad for students joining the course. class kicks off Jan 1st 2016, but you can snag your seat now (and at a super sweet early bird rate might I add…).

see you all in class! xo

Life Book 2016 – Blog Hop & Giveaway! (giveaway now closed)


YOU. GUYS. I’ve been on the edge of my seat waiting to share this post. I’m stoked to announce that I will be teaching on Life Book 2016! even more exciting, is the fact that I get to giveaway one spot to this incredible YEAR LONG online art journaling course…

about life book:
“life book, a celebration and honouring of YOU” is a year-long mixed media art class
organized by tamara laporte from willowing arts. tam is joined by 23 incredible art teachers who are all gearing up to share their mixed media techniques, tips, and tricks. themed around self-development and healing, you’ll be creating several mixed media art journal pages per month which by the end of the year you will bind into a glorious journal (a life book)! learn more details about the life book course click here! registration opens on october 5th, and class kicks off january 1st 2016.

I can’t go into too many details yet on my specific class that will be offered (eep!), but I can say that it is VERY much inspired by the above journal spread! okay so now to the fun stuff…I’m giving away one spot to life book 2016. here’s how to enter:

***subscribe to my email list (in the side bar —>) and leave a comment below on why you want to win the spot! if you’re already on my email list, then just leave a comment on why you want to win. the winner will be selected at random, and announced on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1st by 12:00PM PST*** // giveaway is now CLOSED.

feel free to also check out the official blog hop, where other life book 2016 instructors are hosting their own giveaways:

7 Sept 2015 – Tamara Laporte
8 Sept 2015 – Annie Hamman
9 Sept 2015 – Kristin Dudish
10 Sept 2015 – Effy Wild
11 Sept 2015 – Faith Evans-Sills
12 Sept 2015 – Gillian Lee Smith
13 Sept 2015 – Ivy Newport
14 Sept 2015 – Jane Davenport
15 Sept 2015 – Jenny Grant
16 Sept 2015 – Angela Kennedy
17 Sept 2015 – Lisa Viger
18 Sept 2015 – Martha Lever
19 Sept 2015 – Mary Beth Shaw
20 Sept 2015 – Melody Ross
21 Sept 2015 – Pam Carriker
22 Sept 2015 – Pauline Agnew
23 Sept 2015 – Rae Missigman
24 Sept 2015 – Renata Loree
25 Sept 2015 – Roben-Marie Smith
26 Sept 2015 – Roxanne Coble **you are here!
27 Sept 2015 – Shiloh Sophia McCloud
28 Sept 2015 – Donna Downey
29 Sept 2015 – Tracy Verdugo
30 Sept 2015 – Wyanne Thompson

happy hopping everyone…and good luck on the giveaway!

+++ UPDATE – congrats to Belinda Dworak! you were randomly chosen as the giveaway winner. you’ll be getting an email notification from me shortly. thank-you for everyone who entered!! +++

supply me: airplane travel kit


it’s no secret that I almost always have art supplies with me. in my purse, in my car…it never ends. and for when I’m traveling (as you may have seen on my instagram), you can bet I’m dragging an entire ‘art kit’ with me to work on projects. nothing beats working on a project during a five hour a flight, and having that stranger sitting next to you look at you like you’re crazy.

all of that being said, one of the most common questions I get is – ‘what’s in your travel kit?!’. so here’s a detailed look at one of my travel kit variations. I say variations, as this kit is specific for a carry on backpack for an airplane (my kit looks very different if I’m in a car!). you’ll see I might be missing some key mixed media items below – like my gel medium or scissors – but obviously you can’t schlep that through security…

+ JOURNAL/SKETCHBOOK (left): pretty obvious, but my kit includes a small moleskine sketchbook and a journal I might be working on. in an effort to keep my backpack weight down, I try to take an art journal that is lightweight. my moleskine is with me almost always, so naturally it would be included in my travel kit.

+ MY BIG BAG O’ CRAZY (right): so, my ‘big bag o’ crazy’ lives in my purse 24/7 (literally, if you stopped me on the street I could pull this bad boy out). it started out as a small bag of pitt pens, and then slowly evolved into having gel pens, pencils, colored pencils, small post cards for illustrating, erasers, a pencil sharpener, transfer paper, and my small pouch of crystals (which I keep with me for good energy). the good part about carrying this around, is that I don’t even have to think about it when it comes time to pack for a trip. I know if I need something pen or pencil-like, it’s going to be in this bag.

+ GALLON ZIPLOC BAG OF PAINT (left): now obviously we’re on an airplane here, so you can only have small bottles of paint on you. this is easy for me because I only buy 2oz bottles anyhow. I also limit myself to one gallon sized bag, which keeps things light and gives you an interesting creative challenge (you have to work with what you brought)! I do always make sure I have a white & black, and a good balance of standard acrylic & liquid acrylic. I’ve brought a gallon bag of small paint bottles with me on a plane numerous times – and not once have I ever been stopped by security (I don’t even take it out of my backpack)!

+ ANOTHER GALLON BAG OF MISCELLANEOUS (right): I really could have thought of a more creative title with this item, but ‘bag of miscellaneous’ was just easier. this gallon ziploc bag holds just a few items, primarily ephemera! I also usually throw in my paint brushes, mini journals, and a glue stick. the glue stick replaces my gel medium…obviously not the greatest thing – but it works when traveling. and yes, I could very easily scoop some gel medium into a separate smaller container…but that would just be too much work wouldn’t it?

…cheers to creative travels! xo