Weekly Collagerie: Texture Relief and Time to Reflect

Happy Friday, everyone! I didn’t get a Weekly Collagerie post up last week because, to be totally honest: I’ve been insanely busy and not feeling the greatest. It’s been a challenging couple of weeks – I’ve been taking on new contracts, and am realizing that I can’t just keep adding to my schedule without taking some things out. I feel so grateful to be doing a job that I love, but sometimes that passion results in me taking on everything I possibly can. A big part of my job is encouraging others to prioritize their mental health and wellness, and sometimes I need to be reminded to do the same thing for myself.

Art Therapy 

One project I did with my adult group this week that I really love is Texture Relief Mandalas. We used cardboard circles covered in spray glue, and added textural elements like lace, woven ribbon, string, and different types of leaves. After adding a little more spray glue, we put a piece of aluminum foil on top and “massaged” it until we started to see the texture come out. Then I covered the foil with a coat of black spray paint, and my group members used steel wool to burnish the surface, making all the textural elements pop out. The results were so beautiful! I’ve seen this art activity a couple of different places before, but Cassie Stephens has the best video tutorial for explaining it, hands down. Here’s an example from her blog:

Art Studio

In the last post I talked about the September art prompts that I wrote. While I haven’t been able to keep up with daily art making, I wanted to share a story with you. A lovely person messaged me on Instagram to share a piece of artwork she created based on one of the prompts. She was struggling with some strong emotions, and tried the prompt without being sure of what the outcome would be. She said that she feltl better after, and that she wanted to share her artwork with someone who wouldn’t judge it. I was so inspired by her honesty and her bravery, and so honoured that she shared her art with me. It prompted me to take some time to reflect on emotions in my own artwork, and this is the sketchbook page that I created in response.


I first heard about Rebecca Schweiger on the Don’t Keep Your Day Job podcast. Her story really struck a chord with me; she pursued teaching art because she wanted to share the transformative power of art with others. She has an amazing book called Release Your Creativity, where she shares 15 step-by-step mixed media art projects, as well as beautiful, empowering writing that encourages you to create. I got her book for my birthday, and I love it – the mixed media projects are so enticing, and the lessons show you how to work with the materials. It has given me some major inspiration for a workshop that I’ll be running next weekend (!), called Journal Your Art Out (click here for details if you’re interested!).

As always, thanks for reading and please feel free to leave a comment and share whatever arty things you’ve been up to!


  • Carol September 15, 2017 7:15 pm

    I love your ideas, your art and the links you shared, Brianna. Since I’m now working full-time at a job not related to art therapy 🙁 and finishing the masters part time, I’m exhausted most of the time and I’ve been really bad at keeping regular art in my life. You are inspiring me in many ways!

  • Drew September 15, 2017 9:09 pm

    Oh string is such a great addition to the reliefs!

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