Tam’s Book Launch Blog Hop & Giveaway! (giveaway closed)


Life Book book by Tamara Laporte, featuring artist Roxanne Coble (aka BY BUN)

oh snap, you guys!! I’ve got some exciting news for you all…

as you may already know, Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts has written a book! it’s called ‘Create Your Life Book: Mixed-Media Art Projects for Expanding Creativity and Encouraging Personal Growth’. and guess what, not only am I a guest contributor…but I get to giveaway a free copy here on the blog! here’s a bit more on this fabulous new book:

Life Book book by Tamara Laporte, featuring artist Roxanne Coble (aka BY BUN)

“Celebrate and honour your creative potential with Create Your Life Book!”
Based on much-loved mixed-media artist Tamara Laporte’s popular, multi-year series of online classes, Create Your Life Book offers mixed-media drawing and painting projects that can raise your awareness of and help you work through personal challenges and other obstacles to creating art and achieving self-fulfilment.

Each themed chapter presents 4 or 5 two-part projects: The first part of each project explores a common issue that hampers creativity and/or positive self-worth, and includes a worksheet or list of questions to be answered; the second part is a step-by-step mixed-media art project that provides a way for artists at all skill levels to contemplate and work through that issue. Also included are projects contributed by some of Tamara’s Life Book guest teachers–Roxanne Coble, Andrea Gomoll, Alena Hennessy, Mystele Kirkeeng, Ivy Newport, and Effy Wild–who are noted mixed-media artists in their own right. Along the way, Tamara shares inspirational photos and uplifting and encouraging affirmations. The final chapter presents a simple binding method for creating a keepsake book of your Life Book projects.

it’s officially published in January 2018, although many sites are now showing the publishing date as this month! I ordered a copy for myself on Amazon, and already got it! here’s where you can order it:
via Amazon (USA)
via Amazon (UK)
via Amazon (Canada)
via Fishpond (Australia)
via Book Depositary


Life Book book by Tamara Laporte, featuring artist Roxanne Coble (aka BY BUN)

okay, now onto the giveaway and blog hop! I’ll be giving away ONE copy of Tam’s new book to a lucky winner. be sure to also follow the blog hop (links & dates below) for more chances to win. to enter here on my blog:

+ be sure you’re subscribed to email list (in right sidebar), and leave a comment below letting me know why you would love to get a copy! I will choose one lucky recipient at random and announce the winner on December 16th 2017 +

Dec 1st: Tamara Laporte
Dec 2nd: Effy Wild
Dec 3rd: Ivy Newport
Dec 4th: Roxanne Coble (oh hi there, you’re here now!)
Dec 5th: Andrea Gomoll
Dec 6th: Mystele Kirkeeng
Dec 7th: Tracy Verdugo
Dec 8th: Wyanne Thompson
Dec 9th: Shiloh Sophia McCloud
Dec 10th: Alena Hennessy
Dec 11th: Lindsay Weirich
Dec 12th: Jane Davenport
Dec 13th: Carla Sonheim
Dec 14th: Mati Rose McDonough
Dec 15th: Annie Hamman

I would also like to give a special shout out and thank-you to Tam, for inviting me to be in her book and part of this wonderful experience!

good luck everyone…xo.

+ UPDATE: this giveaway is now CLOSED, thank-you to all of those who entered! congrats to the random lucky winner SHANNON HOGAN!! +

stencil launch & giveaway (now closed)!


BY BUN Stencils launch Oct 8th on StencilGirl!

after the live stream event last weekend (where I revealed my brand new stencils with StencilGirl), everyone has been so hyped about the news…that we decided to bump up the launch date up to october 8th!

so yes, you read it correctly – my brand new BY BUN STENCILS are now launching THIS WEEKEND on StencilGirl!

WOLF stencil from artist Roxanne Coble (aka BY BUN) made by StencilGirl

RAT AND BAT stencil from artist Roxanne Coble (aka BY BUN) made by StencilGirl

RABID RABBIT stencil from artist Roxanne Coble (aka BY BUN) made by StencilGirl

in celebration of the stencil launch, I’ve decided to giveaway two complete sets of stencils (so all three sheets)! I’m going to giveaway one set at random to someone who comments below, and I’m also going to giveaway a set to someone at random who shares a photo of the stencils on instagram. so there’s two chances for you to snag ’em before the launch! here’s the details on how to enter…

+ ENTER ON THE BLOG: simply comment below by this friday 12pm pst on how you plan to use them in your project! a winner will be selected at random on friday afternoon and will be notified via email.

+ ENTER OVER ON INSTAGRAM: re-post any of the photos from the #bybunstencils hashtag! be sure to tag me (@bybun) and also include the #bybunstencils hashtag in your post. I’ll choose a random winner on instagram this friday afternoon and will notify the winner via direct message on instagram.

the giveaway on both the blog & instagram will end THIS FRIDAY @ 12pm pst, so get those entries in! otherwise, all three stencil designs will be available for purchase this Saturday, Oct 8th over on StencilGirl!

+ + + UPDATE: THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. congrats to Courtney C. and @lynda1655 on instagram for winning! you will be contacted via email & dm on insta. thank-you to all of those who entered!! + + +

+ want to see a full tour of the stencils? watch me reveal them during the live stream event! the stencil reveal begins around the 24 minute mark in the video.

+ check out more photos of the stencils on instagram!

new blog series & a giveaway!



it’s no secret that I’m addicted to pinterest. I mean, aren’t we all? as a creative, it’s a great resource to gather ideas, brainstorm projects, and just get inspired. being that I’m constantly pinning, I thought it might be cool to share what’s inspiring me here on the blog every now and then. going forward I’ll be calling this series ‘pinned’.

this week’s pins are inspired by the class I have created for the LOVE ART HAPPY LIFE e-course (that kicks off january 1st!). if you remember my last post about the online course, my class is inspired by the artist egon schiele – who is both a personal favorite and a direct inspiration in my own artwork. there’s something so ugly-beautiful about his work that you can’t help but stare right at it, and embrace the unfinished sort of quality of his figures. naturally I’ll be fusing this into my love art happy life class, where we’ll be putting schiele-inspired figures right into our journal pages…

and while I’m at it, I’m going to giveaway ONE FREE SPOT FOR THE LOVE ART HAPPY LIFE E-COURSE! to enter, simply comment below and tell me why you want to take the class. a winner will be selected at random on wednesday, december 2nd by 12pm pst.

another FYI: the class is on sale right now at an early bird rate that ends on nov 30th! the giveaway will still be open for those who buy a seat in class (I don’t want you guys to miss on out a good deal!)

+ UPDATE: congrats to Amy Maricle, you’re the winner of the giveaway!! thanks to all who entered to win!!

+ images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

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!! +++

21 Secrets Workshop Giveaway!


this week I’m on spring break. although I’ll admit – it hardly feels like a break with the head cold I’ve been battling and TPAs I’m attempting to get done. my complaints aside, I come bearing some pretty rad news…

21 Secrets Spring 2015 launches tomorrow for those of you who have signed up for the workshop (woo-hoo!). but for all of those who haven’t, I’m offering you a chance to snag a spot for free with a little giveaway. TO ENTER – simply leave a comment below (be sure to leave your full name and email). I’ll announce ONE RANDOM winner at the end of this week along with the friday finds (so your last chance to enter will be THURSDAY 11:59PM PST)…

good luck! xo

***UPDATE: this giveaway is now CLOSED. congrats to SHAY KENT! I’ll be seeing you in class…***