Secret Sauce

A podcast about secret ingredients in art, work and life.

The Art of What You Hate

Hello Creative Friends,

In this episode we talk about our propensity (and when I say "our" I mean YOU, ME, EVERYONE's) to create the things we purport to deeply dislike in the world. AKA "Hate."

Hate is an overused word, but I think in this context it's good to talk about. I tell a few stories about how I've witnessed this play out in my own life (yup, steps down off the pedestal over here, I'm guilty of this all the time.) We all are guilty of it. 

Art isn't just creating beautiful stuff. Art is a model for creating the coolest artwork of all... Our Lives. We don't need to do anything with the stories in this episode either. Just the knowledge that we're all wired to make what we don't want, can be incredibly powerful in reversing that trend when it comes up in the future.

SPONSOR:
 
This episode was sponsored by The HeART School: Art isn't what we MAKE. The Art is YOU. Join to see how making things with others creates more calm, peace and presence in your life. Discover the joy of being embraced by others on your creative adventures.
 

ABOUT THIS PODCAST

Welcome to Secret Sauce, a podcast about the secret ingredients in life and work, hosted by Becca Borrelli.Secret Sauce explores artistry as a helpful framework for inspiring meaning and understanding in our everyday lives. 
 
ABOUT BECCA
 
Becca is an illustrator-educator and part founder of Austin-based female maker collective: Lemon House. She spends most of her time designing adult coloring books, interactive murals, and speaking to organizations about mindfulness, meditation and the benefits of art-making. Clients include Visa, Dell Children’s Hospital, Austin Independent School District, University Hospital- Cleveland, the Austin Downtown Alliance and the Anti-Defamation League. 
 
Becca is most inspired by the invisible connections between all things. Her work aims to be a playful, bright, and hopeful interpretation of the world's whimsical and magical sides. She has fallen in love with her hometown in Austin, where she spends free time exploring nature and hunting for breakfast tacos with her husband and their super-pups Layla and Rose. 
 

Art Without at Audience

Hello Creative Friends,
 
Comedian Bo Burnham famously said: "If you can live life without an audience, you should do it." In this episode we talk about sharing our art with an audience. Sharing art and our creative lives online has become almost as ubiquitous as breathing or eating. It happens so often it feels normal... but is it normal? Or is sharing with a large audience of potentially millions of people day in and day out very abnormal? What is lost when we extract an image for consumption, branding or capitalization? 
 
SPONSOR:
 
This episode was sponsored by The HeART School: Art isn't what we MAKE. The Art is YOU. Join to see how making things with others creates more calm, peace and presence in your life. Discover the joy of being embraced by others on your creative adventures.
 

ABOUT THIS PODCAST

Welcome to Secret Sauce, a podcast about the secret ingredients in life and work, hosted by Becca Borrelli.Secret Sauce explores artistry as a helpful framework for inspiring meaning and understanding in our everyday lives. 
 
ABOUT BECCA
 
Becca is an illustrator-educator and part founder of Austin-based female maker collective: Lemon House. She spends most of her time designing adult coloring books, interactive murals, and speaking to organizations about mindfulness, meditation and the benefits of art-making. Clients include Visa, Dell Children’s Hospital, Austin Independent School District, University Hospital- Cleveland, the Austin Downtown Alliance and the Anti-Defamation League. 
 
Becca is most inspired by the invisible connections between all things. Her work aims to be a playful, bright, and hopeful interpretation of the world's whimsical and magical sides. She has fallen in love with her hometown in Austin, where she spends free time exploring nature and hunting for breakfast tacos with her husband and their super-pups Layla and Rose. 
 

Making Art is Intuitive

Hello Creative Friends,
 
In this episode we talk about using our Intuition to make things, whether it's art or a LIFE. Over the last centuries the logic and analytical mind has been valued in art (and the culture) far more than the intuition. Intuitive styles of art-making were viewed as "low art," or not art at all. I share a story of how I reclaimed my own connection to intuition through my time as an art educator, and the way that 8 year olds blew my mind open around what it means to be an artist. Most of the time the art isn't the art. The art is YOU. 
 
SPONSOR:
 
This episode was sponsored by the  Intuitive Drawing On-Demand Series.

In this course explore your inner world through drawing. Go at your own pace and savor the material. You’ll have access to activities that re-build the creative trust you had as a child. Remember how to draw without thinking, and to tap back into the style that is uniquely and purely yours. You’ll have links to inspiring stories, workbook prompts to spark creativity, and video demos on a variety of intuitive processes with simple materials. 

The HeART School: Art isn't what we MAKE. The Art is YOU. Join to see how making things with others creates more calm, peace and presence in your life. Discover the joy of being embraced by others on your creative adventures!

ABOUT THIS PODCAST

Welcome to Secret Sauce, a podcast about the secret ingredients in life and work, hosted by Becca Borrelli.Secret Sauce explores artistry as a helpful framework for inspiring meaning and understanding in our everyday lives. 
 
ABOUT BECCA
 
Becca is an illustrator-educator and part founder of Austin-based female maker collective: Lemon House. She spends most of her time designing adult coloring books, interactive murals, and speaking to organizations about mindfulness, meditation and the benefits of art-making. Clients include Visa, Dell Children’s Hospital, Austin Independent School District, University Hospital- Cleveland, the Austin Downtown Alliance and the Anti-Defamation League. 
 
Becca is most inspired by the invisible connections between all things. Her work aims to be a playful, bright, and hopeful interpretation of the world's whimsical and magical sides. She has fallen in love with her hometown in Austin, where she spends free time exploring nature and hunting for breakfast tacos with her husband and their super-pups Layla and Rose. 
 
Hello Creative Friends,
 
I'm thrilled for you all to meet Jade. She has a lot of wisdom to share, and I love listening to her, because when she drops knowledge you know that she earned it through living courageously. 
 
In this episode we talk about the origins of her jewelry making at Volta Joules, racism, social justice, metal music, being yourself and so much more. Jade's Secret Sauce is her ability to be truly unapologetic in her expression... artistically and in her life. Just being around Jade is like getting a huge permission slip from the universe to be as wild and as spacious as I can possible be. We all need that energy in our lives, and for that reason (and so many more) you will be so glad you checked out our conversation. If you want to follow Jade on social media, or purchase some of her work to adorn your beautiful bodies, you can find her at the links below:
 
 
SPONSOR:
This episode was sponsored by the  Intuitive Drawing On-Demand Series.

In this course explore your inner world through drawing. Go at your own pace and savor the material. You’ll have access to activities that re-build the creative trust you had as a child. Remember how to draw without thinking, and to tap back into the style that is uniquely and purely yours. You’ll have links to inspiring stories, workbook prompts to spark creativity, and video demos on a variety of intuitive processes with simple materials. 

SUPPORT THE PODCAST

We have been overwhelmed with wonderful messages from you all about the future of this relatively new baby podcast. She was endeavored during the beginning of the pandemic, and I'm excited to say that my work is mostly back to it's pre-quarantine levels. For that reason, we decided to make a Patreon that you might consider to support if you feel called. $3 a month might not sound like much, but will make a world of difference in this podcast. We realize the invitation isn't for everyone. If you would like to support us in other ways, please consider leaving a five star review, or click subscribe.

Secret Sauce Patreon 

ABOUT THIS PODCAST
Welcome to Secret Sauce, a podcast about the secret ingredients in life and work, hosted by Becca Borrelli.Secret Sauce explores artistry as a helpful framework for inspiring meaning and understanding in our everyday lives. 
 
ABOUT BECCA
 
Becca is an illustrator-educator and part founder of Austin-based female maker collective: Lemon House. She spends most of her time designing adult coloring books, interactive murals, and speaking to organizations about mindfulness, meditation and the benefits of art-making. Clients include Visa, Dell Children’s Hospital, Austin Independent School District, University Hospital- Cleveland, the Austin Downtown Alliance and the Anti-Defamation League. 
 
Becca is most inspired by the invisible connections between all things. Her work aims to be a playful, bright, and hopeful interpretation of the world's whimsical and magical sides. She has fallen in love with her hometown in Austin, where she spends free time exploring nature and hunting for breakfast tacos with her husband and their super-pups Layla and Rose. 
 

Criticize Art Not Artists

Hello Creative Friends,
 
It's been a minute. I've been navigating some big new changes over here that I'm excited to share very soon. This is episode three of season two, and something I've been mulling over for weeks, as I think about my place in this space and time as an artist. In this episode I share one of the most artistic things I've very witnessed in my life... and it's not a painting, or an art show, or even a cool movie. 
 
SPONSOR:
This episode was sponsored by the  Intuitive Drawing On-Demand Series.

In this course explore your inner world through drawing. Go at your own pace and savor the material. You’ll have access to activities that re-build the creative trust you had as a child. Remember how to draw without thinking, and to tap back into the style that is uniquely and purely yours. You’ll have links to inspiring stories, workbook prompts to spark creativity, and video demos on a variety of intuitive processes with simple materials. 

SUPPORT THE PODCAST

We have been overwhelmed with wonderful messages from you all about the future of this relatively new baby podcast. She was endeavored during the beginning of the pandemic, and I'm excited to say that my work is mostly back to it's pre-quarantine levels. For that reason, we decided to make a Patreon that you might consider to support if you feel called. $3 a month might not sound like much, but will make a world of difference in this podcast. We realize the invitation isn't for everyone. If you would like to support us in other ways, please consider leaving a five star review, or click subscribe.

Secret Sauce Patreon 

ABOUT THIS PODCAST
Welcome to Secret Sauce, a podcast about the secret ingredients in life and work, hosted by Becca Borrelli.Secret Sauce explores artistry as a helpful framework for inspiring meaning and understanding in our everyday lives. 
 
ABOUT BECCA
 
Becca is an illustrator-educator and part founder of Austin-based female maker collective: Lemon House. She spends most of her time designing adult coloring books, interactive murals, and speaking to organizations about mindfulness, meditation and the benefits of art-making. Clients include Visa, Dell Children’s Hospital, Austin Independent School District, University Hospital- Cleveland, the Austin Downtown Alliance and the Anti-Defamation League. 
 
Becca is most inspired by the invisible connections between all things. Her work aims to be a playful, bright, and hopeful interpretation of the world's whimsical and magical sides. She has fallen in love with her hometown in Austin, where she spends free time exploring nature and hunting for breakfast tacos with her husband and their super-pups Layla and Rose. 
 

Nothing and Everything

Hello Creative Friends,
 
This is episode two of season TWO! We are kicking off our first guest of season two with wildlife photographer Mark Anthony Munoz.
 
Y'all I'm very excite for this episode. Mark is a fantastic storyteller, and has tremendously valuable insight on being an artist, monetizing work, and my favorite topic of all... BEING YOURSELF. Mark's beautiful work is (in my option) anchored into his ability to be authentically himself. You'll see what I mean when you listen. Park of Mark's Secret Sauce is his ability to be himself, and I promise you'll leave feeling warmer and shinier after an hour with him. Give it a listen and follow him over on Instagram. I am continually amazed at the birds and other animals he captures there. His good energy is felt by humans and animals alike. 
 
SPONSOR:

Make things for yourself and for others during the holidays through joyful, meditative processes. In this holiday card-making workshop, I have selected three of my favorite mixed media techniques and combined them to show you how to make unique cards this holiday.  

In many other workshops the art is the product... in this class the art will be YOU. We will focus on simple steps and techniques. Card-making will be a tool to center, soothe, and reconnect with yourself for this holiday season. 

 

SUPPORT THE PODCAST

We have been overwhelmed with wonderful messages from you all about the future of this relatively new baby podcast. She was endeavored during the beginning of the pandemic, and I'm excited to say that my work is mostly back to it's pre-quarantine levels. For that reason, we decided to make a Patreon that you might consider to support if you feel called. $3 a month might not sound like much, but will make a world of difference in this podcast. We realize the invitation isn't for everyone. If you would like to support us in other ways, please consider leaving a five star review, or click subscribe.

Secret Sauce Patreon 

ABOUT THIS PODCAST
Welcome to Secret Sauce, a podcast about the secret ingredients in life and work, hosted by Becca Borrelli.Secret Sauce explores artistry as a helpful framework for inspiring meaning and understanding in our everyday lives. 
 
ABOUT BECCA
 
Becca is an illustrator-educator and part founder of Austin-based female maker collective: Lemon House. She spends most of her time designing adult coloring books, interactive murals, and speaking to organizations about mindfulness, meditation and the benefits of art-making. Clients include Visa, Dell Children’s Hospital, Austin Independent School District, University Hospital- Cleveland, the Austin Downtown Alliance and the Anti-Defamation League. 
 
Becca is most inspired by the invisible connections between all things. Her work aims to be a playful, bright, and hopeful interpretation of the world's whimsical and magical sides. She has fallen in love with her hometown in Austin, where she spends free time exploring nature and hunting for breakfast tacos with her husband and their super-pups Layla and Rose. 
 

Hello Creative friends,

Welcome to Season Two!

This episode is sponsored by the Holiday Card Making for Comfort Workshop happening December 19th from 1-3 pm CST.

I spent a lot of time the last few months thinking about what this podcast wanted to be in 2021. This episode feels like the perfect initiation into a new season: December.

To me, December is the most artistic month of the year. It's the month that new things get born. It often doesn't feel that way of course. We're too busy shivering and mired in the commercial tribulations of the holidays. But if you think about the deeper stories happening in the holidays and with nature, there's  fascinating teachings about how artistic December is when it comes to making art, work or a life.

If you're thinking about birthing something new, December is the first wave of contractions inward, prepping for a huge expression in the Spring. Contractions are not by their nature... fun. In fact, whether they're literal birthing contractions of a human, or figurative contractions of a new idea, perspective or phase of life... they're usually downright scary.

In this episode I tell a few stories about how I came to view contractive-ness as supremely natural, wildly important to the artistic process, and decidedly less scary over time. In what ways are the cold, dark, and quiet times of our lives, the perfect breeding ground for wild, new, ecstatic life??

 

SUPPORT THE PODCAST

We have been overwhelmed with wonderful messages from you all about the future of this relatively new baby podcast. She was endeavored during the beginning of the pandemic, and I'm excited to say that my work is mostly back to it's pre-quarantine levels. For that reason, we decided to make a Patreon that you might consider to support if you feel called. $3 a month might not sound like much, but will make a world of difference in this podcast. We realize the invitation isn't for everyone. If you would like to support us in other ways, please consider leaving a five star review, or click subscribe.

Secret Sauce Patreon 

 

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ABOUT THIS PODCAST

Welcome to Secret Sauce, a podcast about the secret ingredients in life and work, hosted by Becca Borrelli.Secret Sauce explores artistry as a helpful framework for inspiring meaning and understanding in our everyday lives. 

 

ABOUT BECCA

Becca is an illustrator-educator and part founder of Austin-based female maker collective: Lemon House. She spends most of her time designing adult coloring books, interactive murals, and speaking to organizations about mindfulness, meditation and the benefits of art-making. Clients include Visa, Dell Children’s Hospital, Austin Independent School District, University Hospital- Cleveland, the Austin Downtown Alliance and the Anti-Defamation League. 

 

Becca is most inspired by the invisible connections between all things. Her work aims to be a playful, bright, and hopeful interpretation of the world's whimsical and magical sides. She has fallen in love with her hometown in Austin, where she spends free time exploring nature and hunting for breakfast tacos with her husband and their super-pups Layla and Rose. 

 

Website: beccajborrelli.com

Instagram: @beccaborrelliart

Hello Creative friends,

In this episode I tell the story of my art education thesis research at the University of Texas in 2010-12. I partnered with the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, TX to lead a summer art-making workshop with public school art teachers. During this workshop I led a study that wanted to answer the question: "How can art-making help art teachers reflect on their professional life?' The answers... like most Science... was not what I expected. 

 

SUPPORT THE PODCAST

We have been overwhelmed with wonderful messages from you all about the future of this relatively new baby podcast. She was endeavored during the beginning of the pandemic, and I'm excited to say that my work is mostly back to it's pre-quarantine levels. For that reason, we decided to make a Patreon that you might consider to support if you feel called. $3 a month might not sound like much, but will make a world of difference in this podcast. We realize the invitation isn't for everyone. If you would like to support us in other ways, please consider leaving a five star review, or click subscribe.

Secret Sauce Patreon 

 

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ABOUT THIS PODCAST

Welcome to Secret Sauce, a podcast about the secret ingredients in life and work, hosted by Becca Borrelli.Secret Sauce explores artistry as a helpful framework for inspiring meaning and understanding in our everyday lives. 

 

ABOUT BECCA

Becca is an illustrator-educator and part founder of Austin-based female maker collective: Lemon House. She spends most of her time designing adult coloring books, interactive murals, and speaking to organizations about mindfulness, meditation and the benefits of art-making. Clients include Visa, Dell Children’s Hospital, Austin Independent School District, University Hospital- Cleveland, the Austin Downtown Alliance and the Anti-Defamation League. 

 

Becca is most inspired by the invisible connections between all things. Her work aims to be a playful, bright, and hopeful interpretation of the world's whimsical and magical sides. She has fallen in love with her hometown in Austin, where she spends free time exploring nature and hunting for breakfast tacos with her husband and their super-pups Layla and Rose. 

 

Website: beccajborrelli.com

Instagram: @beccaborrelliart

 

Hello Creative friends,

In this episode I dive into one of my biggest fears that I think prevents a lot of makers from going directly into a fine art career, or working for themselves... the very real concern of marrying my deep love for making art with the often brutal concerns of capitalism.

In regards to this concern: I've found a lot of solace in an unlikely place. That place was the question: "Why do I Make Stuff?" As I have learned to authentically answer that question, I found that baked into it was another answer. The answer of how to protect one of my most precious assets, when putting it out into the world and market economy at large.

Video Reference: Sean Wes- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wghih3H27E 

 

SUPPORT THE PODCAST

We have been overwhelmed with wonderful messages from you all about the future of this relatively new baby podcast. She was endeavored during the beginning of the pandemic, and I'm excited to say that my work is mostly back to it's pre-quarantine levels. For that reason, we decided to make a Patreon that you might consider to support if you feel called. $3 a month might not sound like much, but will make a world of difference in this podcast. We realize the invitation isn't for everyone. If you would like to support us in other ways, please consider leaving a five star review, or click subscribe.

Secret Sauce Patreon 

 

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ABOUT THIS PODCAST

Welcome to Secret Sauce, a podcast about the secret ingredients in life and work, hosted by Becca Borrelli.Secret Sauce explores artistry as a helpful framework for inspiring meaning and understanding in our everyday lives. 

 

ABOUT BECCA

Becca is an illustrator-educator and part founder of Austin-based female maker collective: Lemon House. She spends most of her time designing adult coloring books, interactive murals, and speaking to organizations about mindfulness, meditation and the benefits of art-making. Clients include Visa, Dell Children’s Hospital, Austin Independent School District, University Hospital- Cleveland, the Austin Downtown Alliance and the Anti-Defamation League. 

 

Becca is most inspired by the invisible connections between all things. Her work aims to be a playful, bright, and hopeful interpretation of the world's whimsical and magical sides. She has fallen in love with her hometown in Austin, where she spends free time exploring nature and hunting for breakfast tacos with her husband and their super-pups Layla and Rose. 

 

Website: beccajborrelli.com

Instagram: @beccaborrelliart

 

Hello Creative Friends,
 
This is episode TWENTY! We are kicking off our twenties with the first guest to the podcast: Jordan Goetz, Founder of Austin based Custom Furniture and Metal Fabrication business: Growler Domestics. 
 
You are all in for a treat. Jordan tells plenty of stories about starting a business. You'll be able to tell from this conversation, part of Jordan's Secret Sauce is his ability to connect with people. His storytelling is engaging and fun, and I think you're going to love what he has to share. We talk about his origin story, fear, courage, how he came up with the name "Growler," to name a few. Give it a listen and then follow him over on Instagram. We love his good-natured daily stories about shop-life and inspiring feed. 
 
IF YOU ARE A PATRON you are able to direct message us here, or email questions for Jordan to beccajborrelli@gmail.com. He will answer them in a special Q&A Roundup coming soon!
 

SUPPORT THE PODCAST

We have been overwhelmed with wonderful messages from you all about the future of this relatively new baby podcast. She was endeavored during the beginning of the pandemic, and I'm excited to say that my work is mostly back to it's pre-quarantine levels. For that reason, we decided to make a Patreon that you might consider to support if you feel called. $3 a month might not sound like much, but will make a world of difference in this podcast. We realize the invitation isn't for everyone. If you would like to support us in other ways, please consider leaving a five star review, or click subscribe.

Secret Sauce Patreon 

ABOUT THIS PODCAST
Welcome to Secret Sauce, a podcast about the secret ingredients in life and work, hosted by Becca Borrelli.Secret Sauce explores artistry as a helpful framework for inspiring meaning and understanding in our everyday lives. 
 
ABOUT BECCA
 
Becca is an illustrator-educator and part founder of Austin-based female maker collective: Lemon House. She spends most of her time designing adult coloring books, interactive murals, and speaking to organizations about mindfulness, meditation and the benefits of art-making. Clients include Visa, Dell Children’s Hospital, Austin Independent School District, University Hospital- Cleveland, the Austin Downtown Alliance and the Anti-Defamation League. 
 
Becca is most inspired by the invisible connections between all things. Her work aims to be a playful, bright, and hopeful interpretation of the world's whimsical and magical sides. She has fallen in love with her hometown in Austin, where she spends free time exploring nature and hunting for breakfast tacos with her husband and their super-pups Layla and Rose. 
 

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