Book Of Days 2019 – Meet Your Teachers + Win A Seat!

Good morning, loves! I am so excited to announce that Book Of Days 2019 is in the works and will be opened for registration on November 1st. This year long art journaling e-course will feature full length lessons by me, Effy Wild, but for the first time ever, it will also include a delicious assortment of my favourite art journaling teachers, including both some names you might recognize, and hand-selected emerging teachers that you might not!

I’ve been teaching this program since 2012, and it has morphed quite a bit over the years in order to accommodate my ability to teach other programs as well. This year, 2018, I finally hit a wall and knew that I couldn’t teach this alone anymore. The enormity of it is just too great for one person to sustain.

Switching gears and inviting guest teachers means you not only get everything I offer, but you get everything *they* offer, too, making for a total immersion in art journaling that will provide you with plenty of new techniques to try, and new ways of approaching the journal. It also means I can work more deeply on my other programs, like Moonshine 2019 (coming soon) and A Year of Rumi (coming soon!)

Alumni in Book Of Days will be happy to note that despite the increased amount of content and value, the price will remain the same! WHAT?!?! Yeah!!

Get more details by clicking here, but remember that registration doesn’t open until November 1st!

Every day between now and November 1st, I’ll be introducing you to my guest artist teachers so you can get to know them before we begin.

Not only that, but every time I come here to introduce you to a new teacher, I will also be offering you the chance to win a seat in class! YES!! Details on the giveaway will come after the introductions. Think of it a little like opening the card before you unwrap the present. ;)

On deck this morning are Sarah Trumpp, Kiala Givehand, and Shai Bearden. Sarah and Kiala are ‘main’ guest teachers (my all stars) and Shai Bearden is a bonus guest teacher (a rising star).

Sarah Trumpp

Sarah Trumpp is a weird muppety girl living in the wilds of New York with her husband and an increasing gaggle of children that may or may not actually be hers.  She is a mixed media artist, yoga instructor, volunteer firefighter, and all-around goofball.  Sarah thinks you’re awesome, and she’s always right.

“My art journal is the place I try new things, keep track of things, and work through things.  It’s also the place I do magical things, mystical things, and straight up weirdo things.”

Sarah will be featured in January of 2019, and throughout the year with water-colour tutorials (three of them!). In the meantime, you can find her on her website here, on Etsy, where she sells her incredifabulous stencils here, and on Facebook here.

I love her because she encourages me to embrace and explore imagery that might be off the beaten path. She inspires my inner weird girl AND she comes up with innovative ways to combine and use different mediums in the journal.

 Kiala Givehand

Kiala Givehand is a published poet, printmaker, bookbinder, fountain pen collector, and radical nomad. She believes in surrounding herself with ordinary humans who live extraordinary lives, gathering with people who make her laugh & love uncontrollably, and living a life intent on cultivating happiness.A double Capricorn, ambivert who grew up on the Gulf Coast of Florida, Kiala learned to appreciate and respect hurricanes, humidity, and the transformational powers of the sun, the moon, and the ocean.

She holds six academic degrees in various subjects from various Universities, but the one she cherishes most is her M.F.A. from Mills College where she found and fell in love with Book Art.

Kiala says… “Stories connect us and highlight what is unique about us. I’ve always been a storyteller, relying on words to convey feeling, energy, and information. Learning to make handmade journals changed how I connect & communicate and gave me a way to empower others and encourage them to share their stories. The scribbles in my journals always begin or end with words. I add color and imagery to visually share how I see the world. Art can look multi-layered and complex while being extremely simple and approachable. I use paper, color, mark making, and wordplay to create tangible versions of my stories in hopes of inspiring you to do the same.”

Kiala will also be featured in August 2019! In the meantime, you can find her on YouTube here, on her website here, and on Instagram here.

I love her because she beautifully combines several of my loves – tarot, mysticism, and magical record keeping with art journaling in ways that inspire me to ohh and ahhh. She is a super thorough teacher, too, leaving no stone unturned in ensuring that her students make the most out of her classes.

Bonus Guest Artist Shai Bearden

Park hippie, part geek, part rocker chick with some serious Dolly Parton sass, Shai blends art, herbalism, self-love + spiritual musings with kickass empowerment + a hell-yeah attitude.  She is the spunky and spirited CEO of Wild Sister Magazine and the Wild Sisterhood, who has a fierce passion for helping women discover their unique beauty + strength + truth.

“My art journal is the place I, as an Aspie, sort out and express feelings I don’t always understand.”

Shai’s offering will pop up all spontaneous like at some point during the year, but in the meantime, you can find her on her website here, Facebook here, and on instagram here.

I love her because she is not just an absolutely gorgeous artist, but she is a fearless advocate for mental health awareness, not to mention the CEO of an inspiring magazine that provides incredible content to Wild Sisters like you and I! She also oozes optimism, and that is something I need a little more of in my life!


Every day for the rest of this month, I’ll be offering you the chance to win a seat in BOD2019! There are several ways to enter! Pick one or all of them. Each of your actions will get you one entry!

  • Sign up for my newsletter if you haven’t already, and come back here to reply with a comment letting me know you did it.
  • Share the link for this giveaway wherever you post (one entry for each share). Here’s the permalink to make your life easier: (just highlight and copy it)
  • Grab a button below and put it up on your website. Make sure it links back to (again, highlight and copy it!)
  • Leave a comment below telling me why you’d love to join BOD2019 next year

Do one, or do them all! Just make sure to comment below for each action. Every comment will be counted as one entry in the drawing, and I will announce the winner on November 1st! YAY!

And that’s it for today, loves! I will see you back here tomorrow with a couple more introductions and another chance to win a seat!! 

Life Book 2019 + Coupon Code

Hello, lovelies! I’m just popping in today with the news that Life Book 2019 is now open for registration!!

I know many of you already know what Life Book is all about, so if you can’t wait to sign up, make sure to click here to get your seat! See you there! :) Be sure to use this coupon code to get your 20% off early bird price!! (valid until end of December 2018):


More About Life Book 2019

“Life Book, a celebration and honouring of YOU” is a year-long mixed media art class organised by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts.

Tam is joined by 31 incredible art teachers who are all gearing up to share their mixed media techniques, tips and tricks with YOU! Life Book continues its bigger and better format this year by including a variety of fantastic artists and wellness guides who will focus on additional personal development practices and other art disciplines, like art doll making, basket weaving and sacred bowl making! Themed around self-development and healing, you’ll be creating several loose mixed media art journal pages per month which by the end of the year you will bind into a glorious journal (a Life Book)! You will have a wonderful keepsake that you can treasure for the rest of your life!

You will also be introduced to yoga, aromatherapy, mindfulness and other wellness exercises to help support your personal development journey more holistically.

I hope that many of you will join us on this fabulous journey!!

You get 85+ offerings throughout the one year for ONLY £99GBP (approx $130 USD)! The course/ content is valued at well over $3000+ USD – so you’d join it for only a fraction of the price!

Registration IS NOW OPEN and the class begins on January 1st 2019.

Don’t forget to use coupon code LOVEBOMB2019!



Hello From The Other Side

I figured, since so many of you have left lovely letters in my inbox, that I’d update you on where I’m at. :)

Since last we typed, I caught a virus which lead to an ‘exacerbation’ – basically, my asthma got uncontrollably worse due to the inflammation caused by the virus that had moved into my respiratory system. I’ve been on prednisone and a couple of new puffers in order to reduce the inflammation, and I am happy to report that I am *finally* seeing some improvement. I can breathe much better than I could last week, and though I am still coughing, it isn’t quite as all encompassing an experience as it has been. I can make it from the couch to the kitchen without gripping furniture for support (the shortness of breath has been off the hook) which is nice, and I actually managed to eat solid food yesterday.

Yesterday was the first ‘close to human’ I’ve felt since the virus hit on the 5th of September, and I pulled out a limited palette of things to play with in order to remind myself that I *could still paint*. Believe me, after ten days of doing nothing but moving from bed to couch to bed again, one can forget what one is made of, and that was definitely my experience.

I came into the studio and put on a movie on the lap top (Eat, Pray, Love), pulled out a journal a friend made me years ago, and made a solemn vow to myself that I would not judge the outcome. I would just *play* for the sake of playing. I reached for whatever delighted me (in this case, fluorescent pink paint, turquois pthalo, black pen, pink and blue Tombow markers, gold paint, a stencil, a couple of Faber Castell Pitt Pens, and a white paint marker) and I just made stuff for the sake of making stuff.

It was like getting reacquainted with my inner artist, who had been hiding in a blanket fort under a pile of Vicks scented Kleenex.

Oh, hello. Are you still in there? Think you might want to come out and play?

Painting while under the influence of NyQuil is really interesting. There’s something about this stuff that depersonalizes me – meaning, I don’t feel like myself at all while I’m on it. I feel like I’m outside of myself watching myself. It is very difficult to get in touch with what’s happening on the inside of the equation. Numb is a good descriptor, along with foggy, and pretty much ‘out of it’. Still, the flinging of paint without caring about outcomes let me reach through that fog so that I could shake hands with myself once more after ten or so days of being relatively unknown to myself. It was a bit like an archeological dig. Oh, yes. There I am, under the rubble of exhaustion and an overwhelming list of blown deadlines. There I am, still complicated as ever, still grappling as usual, still half bewildered and half determined, still somehow *here*.

I know that in the big scheme of things this ten day ‘down and out’ experience of mine is no big deal. I was able to adjust things, tweak things, beg off, switch out. I survived. My business survived. But it is *scary* when something like this happens and you have absolutely no control over it. There are no sick days to call in. There’s no one to pick up the slack. It’s just you and this alarming new normal wherein two hours of upright are too many, and you can forget about painting or writing anything coherent. You’re lucky if you can make tea.

It’s made me think. Made me wonder how I can create a life in which there is time for the inevitable frailties of the body. Made me miss being partnered up so that when the chips are down, there’s someone there to change the sheets and make the soup. Made me question the way I schedule myself down to the very last second of every single month, week, day, hour.

I’m still thinking.

Meanwhile, here I am, making the most of the time I have with you this morning by coming in here to share that I am alive and mending. I also wanted to share the journaling I did yesterday in my bid for freedom from the artless, NyQuil haze. Click through them to see them full size. They’re unusual for me. A bit on the psychedelic side, colour wise. Looser than my usual fare. Less concerned with outcomes. I like them a lot, and I especially like the honesty in the sentiment I included on gold paper. “I’m willing to find out…”


And that’s me for now, on the mend.



Summer Pay What You Can Sale!

Hey, y’all! It’s time for my annual OMG SUMMER IS SO SLOW SO LET’S HAVE A PAY WHAT YOU CAN SALE!

Here’s How It Works

Look over the list of self-paced e-courses below and see which ones you’d like to take.Once you’ve made your list, decide on what you can pay for each (min. $15, please). 

E-mail me at with PWYC in the subject line. Include your list of desired classes.

I will reply with your total and a link to my PayPal.Me page so you can make your payment.

Once your payment is complete, I will send you the link to access your class. If you are already a member in my teaching network, please say so, and indicate the email address you’re registered with, and I will just add you to the class instead.

Meanwhile, go ahead and join me in BODKIN Cafe, where all past and present students in my network play and commune and share.


These are the e-courses that are up for grabs!

Mixed Tape I – 12 Weeks

Mixed Tape II – 8 Weeks

Mixed Tape III – 6 Weeks

Facing Forward I – 8 Weeks

Facing Forward II – The Things We Need To Hear

Love you! xoEffy