get ready for inktober!



can you believe it, october begins this saturday. which means inktober starts in a only a few days! that being said, I thought that I would put together a little youtube vid reviewing over all of my favorite art supplies that I like to use for inktober. this video is also part of a series of spooky videos I’ll be doing for october!

if you’re unfamiliar with inktober, it’s a daily drawing challenge for the month of october. artist jake parker created this challenge with only two simple rules: draw every day for 31 days, and complete your drawings using ink. I’ve also recently learned that he’s made a list of prompts this year (in the case you need some direction or ideas on specific things to draw).

drawing challenges like this are fantastic. they keep you motivated, challenge you (duh), and stir up inspiration in a really positive way. regardless of your preferred medium or way you make art, it’s really important to keep up those drawing skills! I’ve been participating in inktober for several years now, and tend to stick with the same annual theme: halloween portraits! as you might have seen on my instagram…I’m already getting a jump start on my drawings.

so hop on over to my youtube channel to watch the video, or check out jake parker’s site for complete info on the challenge…

happy inking!

+ image via jake parker

live stream hang out this weekend!



join me this SUNDAY at 4PM PST on YouTube for a live stream event! we can hang out, countdown to the make it artsy premiere, talk art, I’ll answer questions, and even share a big secret with all of you! you don’t want to miss it.

subscribe to my youtube channel, or be sure to mark those calendars!
see you sunday…xo

studio playlist: september


september creative playlist from artist Roxanne Coble

now I will admit, the playlist for this month seems like it’s on the short side. but for whatever reason…it felt done to me!

this month’s playlist of course had to include empire of the sun’s new single. it’s also sprinkled with some random 90’s tunes, and a great cover of ‘howling’ by cathedrals. that howling cover is so good that I’ve been looping it non-stop all month…

stay tuned for october’s playlist, which is already well under way! I will also be sharing an additional playlist next month made just for halloween. otherwise, check out september’s playlist below!

+ need more tunes? each month I curate a creative playlist on spotify! check out the last two from august and july.

woman in blue


"woman in blue" - art journal spread by artist Roxanne Coble


"woman in blue" - art journal spread by artist Roxanne Coble

+ made in a small moleskine sketchbook, this was part of a series of sample spreads I created for a ‘lunar’ art journal workshop. if you’re in the southern california area, I’ll be teaching this same workshop at the pv art center on december 2nd!

+ psst! there’s also a new video up on my youtube channel that features my ‘summer favorites’ from july & august. hop on over here to watch…

shop update / new mini journals!


blank mini journals for sale in the BY BUN etsy shop

mini journals with velvet, handmade by artist Roxanne Coble

blank mini journals for sale in the BY BUN etsy shop

handmade blank mini journals are officially restocked in my etsy shop!

I’ve added a ton of brand new designs – including 2016 halloween minis and limited edition mini journals made with a velvet paper binding. yes…velvet. they are so spooky and rad looking, it was hard to not want to keep them for myself. not to mention, those velvet minis would make for the perfect miniature spellbook…

hop on over and snag one! xo

***UPDATE: velvet minis are now SOLD OUT! thank-you to everyone who purchased one! there’s still plenty more halloween & new minis up for grabs***

guest post on paperartsy


artist Roxanne Coble's guest post on the PaperArtsy blog!

journal spread by artist Roxanne Coble using PAPERARTSY PAINTS!

I am so stoked to share my recent collaboration with PaperArtsy!

man oh man…do I freaking love their fresco acrylic paint. I have to tell you that at this point, it’s almost exclusively the only acrylic paint I’m working with (and those of you who have taken an in-person workshop with me recently can totally confirm this). and to note, this is by no means a sponsored post…it’s a product I really have fallen in love with!

read about this journal spread and a ‘making marks’ technique I’ve created on the PaperArtsy blog!

upcoming workshops


well that holiday weekend flew by now didn’t it? happy tuesday everyone! I just wanted to pop in to share a new workshop I’m teaching in december at the palos verdes art center…

“LUNAR” ART JOURNAL WORKSHOP – Friday, December 2nd, 10am-4pm
This mixed media class takes you through the process of creating a two-page art journal spread – while specifically using lunar phases as an inspiration. Through guided step-by-step instruction, you will build up a cosmic background layer through acrylic paint, watercolor, and vintage photographs. With our background layer complete, the class then further explores: how to overlay a lunar phase in gold, embed a personal intention, additional layering techniques with paint, the use of a focal point, and how to apply fun finishing details – all leading you to a cosmically creative journal spread.

"lunar" art journal by artist Roxanne Coble

You can search for the LUNAR workshop online here (by using the ‘workshop’ filter), but I recommend just calling them directly to register -> 310.541.2479

I also wanted to remind you about my workshops in october & november happening at THE ART LOUNGE ON 101. see below for details, and stay tuned for more workshops coming in 2017!

Saturday, October 1, 2016 10am – 4pm
Sunday, October 2, 2016 10am – 12pm
*hop on over here for more info & to register

Sunday, October 2, 2016 1pm – 4pm
*hop on over here for more info & to register

Saturday, November 12, 2016 10am – 4pm
Sunday, November 13, 2016 10am – 2pm
(this is one of my most popular in-person workshops!)
*hop on over here for more info & to register

+ psst…don’t forget, I do private workshops too! if you’re interested, shoot me an email & let’s chat:

make it artsy premieres sept 29th!!


happy friday everyone! and oh boy, do I have a special treat for you today…

let the countdown officially begin: the brand spankin’ new show MAKE IT ARTSY with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer premieres september 29th! you’ll be able to catch me in four different episodes throughout the season. one segment of which, I’ve embedded right into this blog post!

as the season airs, I plan on doing some live stream events either on YouTube or via Facebook live. my thought was doing a sort of ‘watch along with me’ stream, where I film myself watching the episodes live! is this something you guys would be interested in? let me know your thoughts.

you can watch the show online, or contact your local pbs station to confirm they are airing the show! xo

psst! here’s a few other ways to stay updated on all things MAKE IT ARTSY:
+ follow the MAKE IT ARTSY show on social media! here’s their instagram and facebook page.
+ be sure to check out Julie’s blog for updates and fun behind the scenes stuff!