Secret Sauce

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

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. 

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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.

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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. 
 

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. 
 

Hello Creative Friends,

To me, Art-Making is so much more than making a THING. Art-Making can be a micro-model for the grandest artwork we'll ever make... our lives.

This episode is about one of the specific tools we use to create our life... STORY. Stories are tremendously artistic. We can tell a 100 different stories about one experience, and the stories we pick will paint the experience in very unique and powerful ways. We can literally change our histories, by telling the stories in better ways. If this isn't the baddest art-form I don't know what is. 

I share a very recent story (something I rarely do), about a time I struggled to choose the better story around a challenging time.  

Choosing the story we tell about an experience is (for me), the same as choosing the color crayon we draw with. The story makes the experience, rather than the other way around. 

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 episode digs deeper into one of the goals of Secret Sauce: To talk about the intersection of artist and art. When I first began having relative success working as an independent illustrator, I noticed something: As my work expanded, it began tugging on ME. I couldn't sleep. I had anxiety. I was perpetually overwhelmed. Overtime it became clear, as my work grew the container from which the work came from had to grow... and that was me.

But try as as I might, I couldn't find anything online about how to deal with this set of personal challenges as they related to artistry and work. Most of the resources I found were about things like: "How to create a spreadsheet of your work," or "How to Price Art," etc, etc.

In this episode I talk about the often unspoken phenomenon of You as the Secret Sauce. You are deeply connected to your work, and as things change with your work, you'll feel it in your body, mind and soul. I tell a few stories of how I navigated this time, and what I think would have helped me to know then. 

 

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,

How do we make great art, when what we have to work with is meager? How do we create amazing new things, when resources are thin? This episode was inspired by the wise words of John Coltrane: "You can play a shoestring if you're sincere." Maybe shoestring music is exactly the kind of art the world needs right now. Maybe we don't need to have power to make powerful things. 

 

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,

 

Anyone here question their purpose during times of crisis? When the world is on fire, does what we make matter? In this episode I use a handful of stories to make a case for Artists during crisis. Not only do we need them... but they are imperative to moving forward.  

 

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

 

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