from the weekend: workshop photos


it’s not very often that I share photos from workshops, but these were just too good not to! this class of ten students was put together by nancy walter and hosted in deanna h.’s beautiful home in the san diego area. deanna is also the talented photog that took these photos! it was a wonderful day of art making and a solid group of students. both experienced and non-experienced journalers dove right into the prompts I set forth and walked away with some really exciting pages…

honestly, it’s student groups like these that make me truly excited to teach art…thank-you all who attended for such a kick ass day!

more photos after the jump: Continue reading

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!

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

dream digger studio: interview


I was recently interviewed by Tracie Hanson of Dream Digger Studio – hop on over here to read the feature! this is all leading up to the Creative Nomad Retreat happening january 2016. hosted by Tracie, join myself and artist Brian Kasstle for a four day art journaling workshop at the ace hotel in palm springs, ca.

sign ups begin july 21st and space is limited, so snag your spot early! I would love to have you in class…

21 Secrets Art Journaling Workshop!


I am SO SO SO excited to finally make this major announcement!

this spring 2015, I will be teaching a class as part of the 21 Secrets Art Journaling Workshop! 21 Secrets (founded by Dirty Footprints Studio), is a workshop constructed by 21 different artists and is accessed entirely online. here’s a little bit about the course I’ll be teaching:

Fragments & Mysteries

Throw your plan out the window, and lose the ‘big picture’ you’ve been consistently mapping and overworking in your journal pages. Fragments and Mysteries is about embracing the idea of art making with zero constraints. As an artist, I believe that in stepping away from pre-existing plans, true and personal meanings will emerge. Deep within layered materials, found objects and imagery, your subconscious will reveal its own theme. In this workshop, I will guide you step by step. These small steps, small phases, and fragments will ultimately piece together a meaning lying within you. A meaning which until this point, had only been a mystery…

the exciting part of this workshop, is that you have the ability to experience 21 different classes and teachers all in one place, and all focusing on art journaling. it’s also entirely online, so you have instant access to videos and downloadable material! I will be teaching alongside a great group of artists (and you can find the full list of artists here).

if you’re interested in signing up, click here! by clicking specifically on my link, I will receive credit for the sales generated through it. pre-sale kicks off today, so snag your spot now (and the earlier you sign up, the better the rate!).

hope to see some of you in class! xo

workshop weekend


as usual, I was too busy hosting & teaching to take photos from last weekend’s journal workshop. but I will say it was a very successful class! it was so wonderful to see how inspired everyone was and how into their journals they became. this group really did trust the process, and it was apparent in the creative result.

thank-you to those who attended last weekend’s workshop, and I hope to host more in the future!


+ top photo via bettina
+ second photo is student work from ali

new artshop date: april 13th


it’s been a while since my last artshop, so what better time than spring? new season, new beginnings, and a wonderful time to create. this workshop is going to be all about art journaling (pretty much one of my most favorite things ever).

+ NEXT ARTSHOP – Sunday, April 13th 9am-3pm in Redondo Beach, CA. $45 per person. think of this class like an intro to journaling. in this workshop, you’ll learn to jump start your very own mixed media journal. majority of art supplies, snacks (hello mimosas!), and ALL DAY instruction is provided.

+ WAIT, WHAT IS ARTSHOP? – it’s an all day art workshop (that I host from my home in redondo beach) where you’re allowed to let go, get creative, and learn a thing or two you didn’t know going in. there is no prior art training required- just an open mind, and the desire to be creative for an entire day. focusing on one project (through step by step instruction), you’ll learn about new techniques & mediums, exercises to break creative blocks, walk away with some bitchin’ artwork, and most importantly – have fun!

+ EMAIL ME IF INTERESTED – (or comment below with your email addy). – space is limited. I prefer to keep these workshops intimate to encourage creativity and more one on one instruction. spots will be reserved on a first come first serve basis.

come journal with me won’t you? xo

a journal update.


I feel like I don’t share my journal spreads enough here. I’ll work on fixing that. to note – a lot of these pages (in my mind) are unfinished.

my journal is a continuous work in progress, and something I use as an outlet when I’m feeling trapped in my usual day to day (both in life and in art making). now I find that a journal is almost always in my backpack.

journaling allows me to move past creative frustrations or struggles in my work. I might feel ‘stuck’ (as much as I hate using that term) or like things aren’t panning out when drawing or illustrating. but when I’m journaling, those walls don’t seem to even exist…

maybe it’s because I never allowed them in this particular mode of creating to begin with? maybe it’s because I know this isn’t a specific project or bound to a deadline? maybe it’s because its only purpose is to function as a physical capsule of these random and (often momentary) expressions?

something I’m still working out I guess…

here’s to new creative discoveries.

ART SHOP featured on The Kinas!


I was so excited when Bettina (one of my sorority sisters from UCLA…yes- I was once in a sorority…shocker) joined in on my first ART SHOP class last weekend. not only was it great to catch up, but it was really wonderful seeing her work progress throughout the day (Bettina- you have quite the eye for color my dear!). you can check out the full post here on The Kinas!

(*thanks again Bettina for all of your super sweet kudos on your blog!!)

xoxo bun.



there’s been a little hamster in my brain spinning away this idea for about a year now: ART SHOP. basically- it’s an art workshop taught in my home (or yours!) or in a studio for special events, parties, birthdays, or just a reason to get together with a group of friends…

ART SHOP is an all day workshop where you’re allowed to let go, get creative, and learn a thing or two you didn’t know going in. there is no prior art training required- just an open mind, and the desire to be creative for an entire day. focusing on one project through step by step instruction, you’ll work with a medium or technique you have never used, learn exercises to break creative blocks and stay motivated, and walk away with one (maybe two) finished pieces…

this weekend was my first trial run of the idea and had a few friends willing to put the workshop to the test. while I will get into more detail and share legit photos (and a VIDEO!) soon, I will summarize in saying: IT WAS A FABULOUS TIME! I think the girls really enjoyed themselves- and it was SO FUN seeing everyone’s final work!!

naturally- I still have more work to do for ART SHOP, but wanted to give you a little glimpse into the first workshop. you’ll see more updates on this blog going forward- but if you’re interested in hosting a workshop at your pad, or want to attend one I might host again this summer…shoot me an email! (

xoxo bun.