Ever After Book Blog Hop

Hello everyone! 


I have some wonderful & exciting news! Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts has written a 2nd book! It's called 'Ever After: Create Fairy Tale-Inspired Mixed-Media Art Projects to Develop Your Personal Artistic Style' and I get to give away a copy! 


Let me tell you a bit more about Tam's new book in case you haven't heard about it yet! 


Let the wisdom and enchantment of timeless fables and fiction help you achieve your creative goals! From celebrated mixed-media artist and author of “Create Your Life Book” Tamara Laporte, Ever After is a rich collection of step-by-step mixed-media art lessons inspired by fairy tales, folk tales, and classic fiction. 


Based on one of Tamara’s popular series of online classes, Ever After addresses the most frequently asked question she receives from her students: “How do I develop my own creative style?” 


In addition to the beautiful art lessons created especially for this book by Tamara and eight other noted mixed-media artists, each chapter offers creative exercises that invite readers to explore stories, their symbolism, and a specific aspect of style development as they work toward and ultimately achieve their artistic goals. 

  • The Story of You. Explore the experiences, feelings, and ideas that stir your passion, and how to adapt and change motifs and other visual elements to make them your own. 
  • Inspiration: How to Find It, How to Use It. Examine how to stay open to inspiration, incorporate it into your art practice, and integrate it into your artwork. 
  • Comfort Zones & Productivity. Learn strategies for working through your fear and dedicating time to your artmaking. 
  • Dealing with Challenges & Deepening Your Voice. Find guidance for starting a mindfulness practice to help you deal with harsh feedback, and for allowing yourself the joy of continually evolving your story, your message, and your style. 


Ever After will teach you to tell your own unique stories through artmaking so that your wish—to become the artist you’ve always wanted to be—is sure to come true! 


Guest Teachers Includes lessons and tips from these renowned mixed-media artists: 

  • Kara Bullock 
  • Lucy Chen 
  • Danita Art 
  • Andrea Gomoll 
  • Annie Hamman 
  • Mariëlle Stolp 
  • Effy Wild 
  • Micki Wilde 

Fairy Tales, Fables & Fiction Featured stories include: 

  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland 
  • Bambi 
  • Beauty & the Beast 
  • Goldilocks & the Three Bears 
  • Mulan 
  • Peter Pan 
  • Sleeping Beauty 
  • The Little Mermaid 


This book is all that I expected AND so much more!  Not only will you learn more about different fairy tales, but you will also get to see several different artist's take on fairy tale choice!  I found it so interesting to read through each artist's thought process as she was creating her piece of artwork.  The book is also jam-packed with amazing, step-by-step photos, to help you follow along with the various art projects!  There is such a nice variety of projects, truly something for everyone in this book!


The book is now out (yay!) and can be ordered in the following places: 

US: Amazon | Barns & Noble | Indie Bound UK: Amazon | CA: Amazon | Indigo AU: Booktopia 


If you want a signed copy you can order it off Tam's site directly here: http://bit.ly/EABookTam 


Now then, onto the give-away and blog hop! 🙂 I can give away 1 copy of Tam's book to 1 lucky winner, yay! 🙂 And if you follow the blog hop (see below for links and dates) you can up your chances of winning by entering all the other give-aways also! 🙂 


How to enter the give-away:

  1. Share this give-away on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
  2. Sign up to my newsletter HERE
  3. Leave a comment below letting us know why you would love to get a copy of Tam's book! 


I will announce the winner on August 26th!

Here is the list of the other people on Tam's Book Launch Blog Hop – they too will be giving away a copy of Tam's book so go check them out and enter their give-aways! 🙂


Blog Post Date Name Blog URL
14th August 2019 Tamara Laporte https://www.willowing.org/blog/
15th August 2019 Andrea Gomoll http://www.andrea-gomoll.de/blog/
16th August 2019 Carla Sonheim https://carlasonheim.wordpress.com/
17th August 2019 Danita Art http://blog.danitaart.com
18th August 2019 Effy Wild http://effywild.com/
19th August 2019 Kara Bullock https://karabullockart.com/blog/
20th August 2019 Lucy Chen https://www.lucychenfineart.com/blog
21st August 2019 Marielle Stolp https://mariellestolp.wordpress.com/blog/
22nd August 2019 Mick Wilde https://thesecrethermit.blogspot.com/
23rd August 2019 Toni Burt https://www.toniburt.com.au/blog/
24th August 2019 Jane Davenport https://janedavenport.com/blog/
25th August 2019 Marieke Blokland https://www.bloknote.nl/tag/blog/
26th August 2019 Cinnamon Cooney https://theartsherpa.com/blog
27th August 2019 Pamela Vosseller https://pamela-vosseller.squarespace.com/subscriber-studio-blog
28th August 2019 Galia Alena https://www.artismagic.online/musings
29th August 2019 Annie Hamman https://www.anniehamman.com/blog


Have fun following the blog hop and look out for my newsletter on August 26th to see who my winner is!






  1. Dia Letendre on August 19, 2019 at 12:04 AM

    Well, first, this is the most beautiful book I’ve ever seen. Second, thank you so much for your contribution to it and for the giveaway opportunity! Much more importantly, Tamara is such an inspiration to me and her spiritual-creative approach to art has helped me, as a disabled artist, branch out and explore new areas of creative expression after losing many outlets due to illness. It’s like therapy to help me manage my pain and all the emotional consequences of living with chronic illness. I’m learning to reconnect with that wounded part of me so that I can constructively and healthfully work through it all, and I’m eternally grateful. I would adore a copy of my very own. My medical expenses are intense, so this would be truly the greatest gift. This book is the one thing that can help me do better at dealing with my feelings. The lessons will help me find my voice and feel whole within my creative self, and I really need help with that. I fell in in love with with mixed media and I love all things magical and fantastical, and I think fairytales are a perfect way for me to regain my confidence and find joy! I’m ready to be free of the obstacles and physical limitations that make their way into my mind and, far too often, nearly convince me that I won’t be able to do this, either. I know this book can help me! It’s come at the perfect time. Thank you again!

    • Tanya Phenis on August 25, 2019 at 7:06 AM

      I would love to win a copy, I think it will help me improve my artwork. Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. Kim Morris on August 19, 2019 at 3:06 AM

    Such a fabulous giveaway this month! My particular fairy story is Little Riding Hood. Neither of us can remember why I became Riding Hood and he the Wolf but at the beginning of our relationship I painted him a stone of the two characters either side and for twelve years he has carried this stone in his pocket every day!

  3. Eleni S on August 19, 2019 at 3:11 AM

    I would like to win a copy of this book because it looks amazing. It’s not only about Tamara’s gorgeous art and techniques but also includes lessons and tips from all you awesome and generous artists?! So yummy! Love…Love…Love! ???

  4. Noreen Winogradoff on August 19, 2019 at 8:18 AM

    I would love to get a copy of Tam’s Ev er After book because it would be a great learning tool for me as I journey forward with finding my own style of art work and getting to know me better. (On a side note: My Hubby wanted to buy it for me for my birthday but because it’s sold out here in the book store, he couldn’t get it for me-he knew I wanted it because I put it on my list of things I need on the family wall bulletin board here at home under my name 🙂 ha! ). So thank you for the opportunity for such a gift! <3

  5. Laura N on August 19, 2019 at 8:36 AM

    I love the art I’ve seen from Ever After and would love being able to enjoy having the book.

  6. Deb Dalton on August 19, 2019 at 8:45 AM

    Kara, love your art. I’m signed up for your newsletter and hoping that I am one of the lucky one’s picked to receive Tam’s Ever After. Thanks for the opportunity.

  7. Kathie on August 19, 2019 at 9:09 AM

    Shared it & signed up for your news letter!
    I’m really enjoying this HOP, even if I’m not lucky enough to win a copy of Tam’s book I think I’ve still won as I get to know all of you ?

  8. Marjon van den Bos on August 19, 2019 at 9:29 AM

    This book is the icing on the fairytale cake. I am a big fan of the Ever After workshops and fairytales. The Style development part I included in 2017 was really unique and learnt me a lot about myself. This book will complete the collection.

  9. Kathy George on August 19, 2019 at 9:54 AM

    I have been art journaling my way out of depression. The perfect solution for me. I would love to continue this practice with “Ever After”

    • Chantelle Venter on August 30, 2019 at 12:01 AM

      I keep looking at the flip through of the book and I’m in awe of all the amazing art projects in the book. I’ve been trying to get my own style for a while now and this woukd be such an amazing bonus to art to the last Ever After course we are doing. I’m crossing my fingers and toes for a beautiful copy with your artwork in Sending live from South Africa xxx

  10. Chantellé Venter on August 19, 2019 at 1:10 PM

    Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy. It would mean the world to me. I’m trying to find my own style at the moment between being a mom and working full time from home. Being able to have a copy of the book means I can spend some time in my downtime to get to myself and all the amazing artists in the book. Looking forward to seeing what you have to offer in these beautiful pages. Much love from South Africa xxx

  11. Lin Powell on August 19, 2019 at 1:26 PM

    I have put the link on FB and have signed up for your newsletter…the interesting thing about these bloghops is finding new artists, seeing their style and hearing their stories. If not for this amazing giveaway of Tam’s book, that I’d so love to win by the way, I might never have found your site to explore.

    • Kara Bullock on August 19, 2019 at 4:11 PM

      Hi Lin! I am so happy to meet you and hope you find something that you are interested in! Great to meet you!

  12. Diana Caruana on August 19, 2019 at 2:53 PM

    It would be amazing to have one of Tam’s books, and this new one looks so inviting

  13. mermaidgenie on August 19, 2019 at 3:21 PM

    I really enjoyed the 2 years of Ever After I did and would love Tam’s book to further the journey. I have always been sooo fond of fairytales!
    Read every fairy tale book in our library as a little girl. Shared on FB and already get your newsletter. Thanks for the chance!

  14. Analia on August 19, 2019 at 6:56 PM

    Hello!!! I’d love to win a copy of Tam’s2nd book, because…I love fairy tales, it is a therapy for me read and draw/paint about mermaids, fairies, dwarfs, elves, dragons, worldwide folk stories!…I fly away and left my problems away for a while!!! Fingers crossed!!! Thanks

  15. Joy on August 19, 2019 at 11:00 PM

    Being able to hold the book, see the pictures in multiple settings instead of just on the computer, would be so inspirational. I would love to study and learn from each of them! It would be motivational, too! And I could do a lesson with a friend. Thanks for sharing your gifts and for this opportunity!

  16. Meena on August 20, 2019 at 5:32 AM

    I would love a copy of this book because of its brilliant idea of combining symbolism storytelling, art and psychology to a wonderful and fun healing modality. I find Tamara’s work directly work with my wounds.
    Now this book is also introducing me to more number of artists!
    I would love to win a copy of this book as mixed media and whimsical art are out of my comfortzone.

  17. Patricia on August 20, 2019 at 5:50 AM

    There are amazing artists featured in this book, I love Fairytales. And I’m still learning what my style is.

  18. Tenia Mason on August 21, 2019 at 11:07 AM

    I would love to win a copy of “Ever After” because, not only is Tam herself an inspiration, but she has managed to gather several of the most talented and inspiring artists in the world The stories they tell transcend the fairytales represented in the pages and uplift and inspire the souls of women throughout the world searching for answers or an outlet for their own voice. Participating in and or several of the “classes” is truly a soul-freeing experience.

  19. mermaidgenie on August 22, 2019 at 2:14 PM

    I have done Ever After twice and would love to have the book to continue my journey. I have always been a fairy tale girl since childhood. Never could get enough. I walked to the library every Saturday morning and read every fairy tale book they had right down the shelf. 🙂 Shared on FB and get your newsletter. thanks for the chance!

  20. Deanna Hogan on August 26, 2019 at 7:38 AM

    I would love the opportunity to win this beautiful book. Thank goodness for the link to your site – what gorgeous art you create!

  21. Cindy Bassett on August 26, 2019 at 9:02 AM

    I would love a copy, doing these kind of things with my granddaughter….creating memories

  22. Rosie on August 26, 2019 at 5:54 PM

    I love everything LifeBook and Tam. She’s been such a huge inspiration and mentor in my life. I can’t wait to get my hand on her latest beautiful book especially since it’s geared at style development, yummy!
    Thank You for the opportunity Kara, you rock!

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