Lauren’s Reading List

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Click the hashtag link to watch a short video featuring the covers of all these books.

And please post a photo of your own bookshelf to Facebook or Instagram. Tag it #whatsonyourbookshelf. I’d love to know what you’re reading!

List of Titles and Authors on my Bookshelf






Few and Far’s 5th Anniversary Block Party

Few and Far began 5 years ago when Meme, their founder, organized a massive mural project bringing together a group of women to paint a wall in Oakland. Since then, they have continued to paint collaborative murals and host events to empower women to paint and skate on the streets!Screen Shot 2016-06-06 at 1.26.28 PM

“Few and Far is an assemblage of women who beautify the streets.  In a shared commitment to creativity, education and social justice we draw, paint, skateboard and teach all over the globe.” (excerpt from their website)

Collective member DJ Agana invited us to set up a booth to share our book with the Sacramento community and to watch these amazing women paint!

IMG_1053                                                                  (Mural in progress, painted by Agana)

We arrived on the second day of their three day project. They had primed the wall a bright blue and it was ready for the artists to begin their individual pieces.

Throughout the morning, artists arrived from Florida, Nepal, the Bay Area to name a few and started to paint. Primarily they were using aerosols but some used bucket paint or markers. One artist sketched her piece in charcoal before she began painting.

IMG_1023(Left: Diety’s charcoal sketch, Center: Imagine redefines the Nepali Alphabet, Right: Sheva’s guidelines)

The theme for the day was India. During the welcome blessing, Meme mentioned that Sacramento has a large population of people from India but not one mural dedicated to this rich and dynamic culture. After this weekend that will no longer be true!IMG_1049(Mural in progress, painted by Ursula X Young)

The best part of the day was watching these incredible women paint. As an aspiring muralist, to watch their creative process was inspiring to say the least.

IMG_1031 (Left: Money paints. Right: LaMakina150 Paints)

IMG_1027 (1) (ITSY Paints)IMG_1033 (Imagine contemplates her next move)

We also had the pleasure of seeing a new friend, Les, who was wearing earrings made by LikMi, a women featured in our book. They are both from Bogotá, Colombia. She painted a beautiful and colorful elephant for the mural. Photo below in progress.



Despite hot temperatures and no shade these women worked well into the night and finished their murals the following day. I had to leave before seeing the finished mural but check out their facebook page for updates and photos of the complete mural.






Street Art Chalk Painting

At various locations on our book tour we will be popping up in public spaces with sidewalk chalk paint!


I experimented in Oakland this weekend and it was a huge success!


It is so easy and fun! And it washes off!

Here’s the recipe:


  • 2 Tbsp Chalk dust
  • 1/2 cup Cornstarch
  • 1 cup Warm Water
  • Squirt of dish soap.


  1. Divide chalk into piles of like colors.
  2. Using a mortar and pestle (or a smaller bowl inside a big bowl) crush the chalk into a fine powder.
  3. Whisk the cornstarch into the water slowly to avoid clumping.
  4. Whisk the chalk dust into the water & cornstarch mixture.
  5. Mix in the dish soap.
  6. Volia! You have chalk paint!


  1. The ingredients separate over time so use a container with a tight fitting lid and shake vigorously to recombine.
  2. For thicker paint add more cornstarch.
  3. Some websites encourage using tempera paint, in an early test we found that it does not wash off the pavement.

XO, Lauren



Mendocino Event Report

We’d like to say a huge thank you to FlockWorks and Gallery Books in Mendocino, CA for hosting our event this past Thursday.

We had a small but interested group of women artists. A few painters, a bookseller and a women who works with paper!


We put aside our prepared presentation, a step by step breakdown of the creative process behind making our book, and opted for a storytelling session about the adventures Rachel and I had traveling in Latin America meeting the women street artists in our book. (like the 7 day bus trip we took from Cusco, Peru to Cartagena, Colombia or the time we went looking for work trade passage to Panama and tried to talk our way onto an ocean liner)

We passed around some items from the Art without Fear archives. Including a notebook from our initial crowdfunding campaign and the homemade rolodex I created to keep track of publishing houses we were querying while on the road in areas with no wifi.


Our presentation was a part of a month long program dedicated to celebrating letters, words and books!

Thank you Mendocino!


xoxo – lauren