el segundo workshops this sat/sun!


"Cacti" art journal workshop with artist Roxanne Coble (aka BY BUN)

Mini Art Journal Workshop with artist Roxanne Coble (aka BY BUN)

happy monday! I just wanted to let you know that if you’re in so cal, I’ll be teaching two in-person workshops this weekend in the south bay. these classes are being held at a private residence located in el segundo this saturday & sunday. here’s a look at the line up:

“CACTI” *new!*
saturday, march 25th – 10am-4pm
Art journaling meets illustration in this mixed media workshop “Cacti”. This class takes you through the process of creating a two-page art journal spread that uses succulents and cacti as a visual focal point. Through guided step-by-step instruction, you will build up a mixed media foundation layer using ephemera and acrylic paint. With a foundation layer complete, the class then further explores: planning a composition, the use of a split-complimentary color palette, observational drawing, and unique illustration techniques using both acrylic paint, ink, and/or watercolor.

sunday, march 26th – 10am-3pm
This art journaling class takes you through the process of creating a miniature, two-inch, mixed media art journal. Through step-by-step instruction, we will begin by binding and constructing our mini journals by hand. Once our mini journals are assembled, the class will then take you through a variety of individual techniques, prompts, and illustrations to apply within each 2-page spread! At the completion of the class you’ll have a fully altered mini journal featuring eight different miniature art spreads…

space is limited, but there’s still a few open seats! I would love for you to join me. shoot me an email to scope out the supply list and get more info: madebybun@gmail.com


+ not local or cannot attend in person? join me online! I’ve got two online classes that you can join at any time and do at your own pace: ‘Creatures‘ & ‘Lyrical‘. and yes, the rumors are true…I have a new one in the works 😉 stay tuned!

Pug Party Podcast Ep01


The Pug Party Podcast — where art, creativity and writing go off the leash.

YAAAAASSSS. that’s right, you read it…we’re launching a podcast! and I say ‘we’ because it’s hosted by myself and James…

as I’ve mentioned on the vlog, we’ve been talking about the idea of starting up a podcast for a while now. well I’m happy to report that episode one of the ‘Pug Party Podcast’ is here for your listening pleasure!

so what’s the Pug Party Podcast all about? well, art stuff. writing stuff. creative stuff. geek stuff. (you know, the usual podcast banter). I hope you get a kick out of it – as we definitely enjoyed recording it and hope to continue this series for as long as we can.

we are working on getting the podcast up on iTunes (update: it’s now up!), but for now you can listen to episode one below, or over on my youtube channel. enjoy!


In episode one, we dive into creative planning and brainstorming, go deep into X-Files, and get personal with Star Trek TNG.

Mentioned in this episode:
+ Our pugs Mr. Behr (left) and Olive (aka GEEBS, right)
+ Rick and Morty Art Book
+ Joseph Cambell’s book The Hero With a Thousand Faces
+ Watchmen
+ The Boys
+ Saga, Vol. 1
+ The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
+ Buzzfeed’s ‘Which TNG Character Are You?’ quiz

**UPDATE: you can now subscribe to the podcast on iTunes!***

studio playlist: february


creative monthly playlists curated by artist Roxanne Coble on Spotify

I don’t know what it was about this month, but I seemed to have experienced a bit of a music dry spell. typically, I am able to fill up a playlist rapid speed with new and old finds. but for some reason, I just struggled to get this one to the finish line. maybe it was my schedule, maybe I just wasn’t really in any sort of mood. who knows!

I do find however, when I’m in a funk like this – that I default to sort of chill-hop instrumental stuff (and that genre consumes a lot of this playlist). and honestly, it’s the best kind of tunes if you’re in any sort of ‘creative zone’. ps: definitely listen to this playlist in order (and not on shuffle), it mellows out towards the end…

+ need more tunes? each month I curate a creative playlist on spotify! you can follow me, or check out last month’s playlist here.

mini journal #9


mini art journals by artist Roxanne Coble (aka BY BUN)

mini art journals by artist Roxanne Coble (aka BY BUN)

mini art journals by artist Roxanne Coble (aka BY BUN)

mini art journals by artist Roxanne Coble (aka BY BUN)

mini art journals by artist Roxanne Coble (aka BY BUN)

mini art journals by artist Roxanne Coble (aka BY BUN)

as promised, I’m bringing you some photos and a video tour of mini journal #9! hop on over here to watch the video…

+ reminder: this fully altered mini journal, along with 3 others, will be available for purchase in my etsy shop TOMORROW MORNING @ 9am PST!



mini journal #8


mini journals by artist Roxanne Coble (aka BY BUN)

mini journals by artist Roxanne Coble (aka BY BUN)

mini journals by artist Roxanne Coble (aka BY BUN)

mini journals by artist Roxanne Coble (aka BY BUN)

mini journals by artist Roxanne Coble (aka BY BUN)

I’m starting to realize that this week is going to be all about minis!

I’ve decided to sell a small batch of fully altered mini journals. due to the response of the last few I sold about a year ago – I want to keep you all in the loop for when they go up in my etsy shop! because I don’t really sell original artwork, the last time I sold altered minis they were gone in a matter of minutes.

today, I’m sharing mini journal #8 photos and a video tour! tomorrow, you’ll be able to check out mini journal #9 (both here on the blog, and again on my youtube channel). then these two minis (along with two others), will be on sale in my etsy shop THIS WEDNESDAY MORNING @ 9am PST!

stay tuned for another mini tomorrow, and be sure you’re ‘following’ my etsy shop for when they all go on sale wednesday…



instagram favs: vol 1


BY BUN shares her favorite artists she follows on Instagram

it’s no secret that instagram is my favorite social media platform, and I’ve been meaning to create a blog series highlighting some of these favs. I follow a lot of artists out there, and have found that sometimes just checking out my instagram feed can be a great source of inspiration.

as I mentioned, I’m hoping to turn this into a regular series – where I share some of my favorite instagram accounts and why I love ’em like I do. so here’s what I’m calling ‘volume 1’ of my instagram favs…

+ top left: @l0ll3_ (aka, Lolle)
Lolle’s instagram is probably my favorite out of any account I follow. no joke, I love love love her artwork. and if you know me, you’ll figure out why pretty quickly: the subject matter, her use of detail, and the overall style. be sure to also check out her etsy shop, where she’s got tons of stuff (including patches that she makes by hand!).

+ top center: @miles_art (aka, Miles Johnston)
Miles’ instagram is a newer one on my ‘following’ list, but his artwork is so fascinating and beautiful to me. the fact that he can capture so much detail and texture using pencil is absolutely mind blowing.

+ top right: @nomi_chi (aka, Nomi Chi)
can you fall in love with someone’s line work? is that a thing? well, I did with Nomi’s work. what drew me to her work is the way she shades her figures with such organic details. the fine lines she does looks like fur at times, and they dance around, giving her illustrations such a unique look and feel.

+ bottom left: @mabgraves (aka, Mab Graves)
chances are, you might already know about Mab as she’s got a pretty big following. and that following is justified – because her work, her style, her personal story, and just about everything she shares is so so wonderful. Mab also recently collaborated with Alvin, and I totally want one of those damn pencils!

+ bottom center: @light_witch (aka, Courtney Brooke)
‘light witch’ is one of the few photography accounts I follow. but when I stumbled into it a while back, it quickly became one of my favorites. her photos are hauntingly beautiful, and at times can truly transport you to another time/place/dimension (or spooky-witch cabin in the woods).

+ bottom right: @freeorgy (aka, Pony Reinhardt)
believe it or not – of all the types of instgrammers I follow, tattoo artists probably fill up my feed the most. and I must say, ‘freeorgy’ is one of my all-time favs. her subject matter, compositions on the body, and overall approach to tattooing is unlike anything out there. I would kill to get inked by her! even if you’re not into tattoos, you’ll be into these…because her work is incredible.

+ all photos found on each individual instagram account, and links are all included above!

make it artsy: ep10 online tomorrow!


in case you missed the last time it was up, make it artsy is putting episode 10 back online! this episode features my segment on how to create mini journals out of matchbooks. this was actually my favorite project and segment I did for the show…

the episode will be up starting at noon tomorrow and will remain available for the following 7 days. hop on over here to watch (again, tomorrow @ noon!) and scroll down to the bottom of the page to play the video!

+ want to binge-watch more videos? check out my youtube channel where I post DAILY!

upcoming san diego area workshops!


san diego area workshops with artist Roxanne Cobleniches and mini journals workshop with artist Roxanne Coble

if you’re in the southern california or san diego area, I have several upcoming private art journal workshops with an open registration. the hostess of these classes (who is absolutely wonderful) has opened up her home to whomever might be interested in attending!

what’s great about the first two weekends offered in february, is that they can be taken individually as a one-day or together as a two-day workshop if you wanted to make a weekend out of it. then in march, I’ll be teaching one of my most popular one-day workshops: ‘Fantastical Fauna’…

here’s the complete class line up again:

+ Feb. 4th: House of Voodoo 10am – 4pm
+ Feb. 5th: Book of Shadows 10am – 3pm
+ Feb. 11th: Carved Niches 10am – 4pm
+ Feb. 12th: Mini Art Journals 10am – 3pm
+ March 18th: Fantastical Fauna 10am – 4pm

if you’re interested in joining me for any of these workshops, send me an email! I’ll provide you with all of the details…email me at: madebybun@gmail.com