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Curious Creatures – A Transformative Experience

I recently took part in an online journaling class taught by artist and illustrator Roxanne Coble, also known as By Bun. Her class is called Creatures and encompasses various mixed media techniques to guide us in creating a 2 page spread in an altered book, regardless of your experience level.

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I was a bit intimidated to begin since her unique style is such a departure from my own but I decided to just go with it and take it slow. I ended up working on it a little each day over the course of a nearly a week.

The book that I worked in for this spread is one that I picked up at a used book store for a couple of dollars, called “Legends; The Century’s Most Unforgettable Faces”. It’s available on Amazon, HERE.

Below is the evolution of my first “Creatures” spread, enjoy.

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The creatures are coming, the creatures are coming!

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I have to say that I’ve never been a doodler, but I really enjoyed all of the doodling and mark making that went into this spread. I found it to have a meditative / centering effect on me, which I didn’t expect.

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My finished Creatures spread. I called it “Curious Creatures” because rather than these creatures seem dark and scary, they look to me like they’ve been dropped into someone’s crazy colorful dream unexpectedly. They appear to be looking around, wondering where they heck they are. They’re a little nervous but a whole lot curious and ready to explore just as soon as their other buddy arrives, he hasn’t landed yet.

This was such a fun and transformative process for me. I felt so out of my element at the start. To feel myself loosen up and begin to just roll with it as my spread developed and revealed itself to me was such an empowering experience and I’m so thankful to have had it.

I encourage you to check out Roxanne’s class and take part if you can. I think you’ll be amazed at what you can create when you embrace the creatures within.

Thank you for reading. I wish you a beautiful week.



Intentional – My Little Box Of Inspiration

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A while back I picked up a few kits from Art-C that contained a small accordion book and a mini tin to store it in. I thought they might be a fun and easy project so I gave some away and kept a couple for myself.


The other day I thought it might be nice to create a little box of inspiration to remind me of my OLW for 2016. Something that I could just toss in my bag and carry with me. So I grabbed some supplies and set about to have some fun.

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I added some texture using modeling paste and a stencil then sponged and brushed on some grey, silvers & blues.

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Additional layers of magenta, more blue and my absolute favorite, Quinacridone Nickle Azo Gold helped created some great depth of color and helped the textured bits pop.

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I added some stamping, paint splatters and distressing then edged the accordion book with a black ink pad. Using my labeler, I added a few words that I want to be reminded of whenever I open my little booklet.

I did the same basic process on the outside of the tin, added my One Little Word for 2016, INTENTIONAL, and Voilà my little box of inspiration was complete.

Thank you for reading. I wish you a wonderful week.






In Class With Roxanne Coble // By Bun

Yesterday, a wonderful group of friends and I got to spend the day in a private class with Roxanne Coble, a mixed media artist, illustrator, & maker of things. If you aren’t familiar with her work, definitely check out her site!

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Our class, held at the lovely home of my dear friend Jana, was devoted to altered book art, something I’d not previously done. Oh man, let me tell you, it was uh-mazing! We spent 6 jam packed hours with Roxanne learning about composition, a little basic color theory, some of her awesome art techniques and of course getting our art on. She even shared with us her personal method for keeping that ephemera stash we all have, down to a manageable level! Ahem… I uh, I hear some people struggle with that.

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Some in our group our worked on 3 spreads and some on 2. With the size of my books, I limited myself to 2 and it was plenty enough for me.

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Roxanne spent her time supporting us, offering helpful suggestions when we asked for them and working in her own spreads. The hours just flew by. Before we knew it, it was after 2pm and no one had wanted to pause long enough to even have lunch, we were That into our art groove. But a girls gotta eat, right? So we ate while we worked.

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We learned so much in class that I’m really still processing it all. My 2 spreads are still works in progress, but I really like where they’re going. They’re a huge departure from the usual brighter than bright spreads I do, but I’m SO into them When I look at them I can’t help but see the By Bun influences, smile and think, OMG, I did that!

My friend, Angel, joked in class that I was playing with my “dark side” and I have to agree. I’ve decided to call that bottom spread, “Dancing with my Darkness”.

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Roxanne brought the regular class to a close with enough time to share something super Awesome that she’s got in the works. We’ve all been sworn to secrecy, so you wont get a peep out of us, but you can follow her on IG @bybun or on Twitter @madebybun for upcoming classes and projects. Oh, some other great news, Roxanne has just announced that she’ll be teaching as part of Life Book 2016! Be sure to check that out.

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As if the day wasn’t already amazing enough, our lovely host Jana, who introduced me to the world of art journaling many years ago, sent us each home with a bottle of her famous, hand-crafted Pomacello…yum!

This was a day for the books… Life is good.

Thanks for reading and sharing in my experience.



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