Acrylics and Mixed Media

WELCOME! Thanks for stopping by.Here you will find creative inspiration, art making projects, and tools to aid you in your creative journey. Creativity is so much more than a pleasant activity, it's also a potent practice to awaken latent talents and fuel a renewed passion for living. An interest in developing creativity is all that's required to begin, and following that interest can lead to surprising and delightful awakenings!
Aligning with the creative flow opens the portal to the soul, which allows for fresh growth and a renewed intensity and vibrancy in all areas of life. Art making reveals not only unsuspected gifts, but can also lead to a greater understanding of yourself and your purpose in life. It is a doorway that facilitates spiritual practice by inviting us to move more deeply into our center and connect with the creative Source.


Working with archetypes is a fruitful area of art making. Carl Jung believed archetypal images were part of the collective unconscious and so are available to all. Part of 'waking up' is to become more mindful of the archetypes that actually govern our lives. Do they serve our best interests, or are they unconscious motivators? Do they demonstrate as shadow qualities, or as positive impulses? Art practice gives us the opportunity to reflect on and develop the archetypes that offer qualities that serve our overall wellbeing and growth.

What archetypal images are you drawn to create or enjoy looking at? They often hold a message important for your consideration. Does the archetype embody images you need at this time or that you would like to develop? Let the images which arise from within speak to you as they may contain messages from your soul.
Above from left are The Dreamer, Queen, and Magician. All were created with mixed media: handmade papers, acrylics and gold metal leaf.

The Queen, The Magician, The Healer, The Warrior, The Mystic, and Wisdom Keeper, for example, are a few of the feminine archetypes that are needed now in the world, but there are many others as well. Becoming familiar with these archetypes, meditating on them to penetrate beneath the surface to understand and embody their qualities, and crafting their images are wonderful ways to invite their energies into our lives. As we fill in our blank spots and heal ourselves, we raise our own light and, one by one, we aid in healing the world.

CLASS: June 15, 2024 In person ,Sacramento
ARCHETYPAL EXPLORATIONS: In this class we will dig deeply within to excavate images that are meant to be our allies on our journey through life. Using relaxation, meditative practices, and creative play we will unearth what is already part of you. Perhaps the images are familiar, or maybe a new and surprising form will emerge. There is always a sense of surprise and wonder at what presents.
No previous art experience is necessary as we will be working with mixed media materials. You may draw if you like, or bring images that represent aspects of yourself you've already uncovered, or that speak to you. I'll have a variety of images on hand. which can be painted over and altered to resemble your vision. The Dreamer, above far left, is an altered image. But it's not necessary to illustrate an identifiable form as it's the 'feeling quality' we are looking for. This is a relaxed and intuitive process of discovery.

Nature's Inspiration

In nature as well, we find beauty and inspiration that refresh the soul and replenish the well of creativity within. Drawing natural landscapes and wildlife, whether abstractly or realistically, are relaxing and enjoyable pastimes that connect us with life and it's rhythms.

Making prints of flowers, leaves and weeds is so much fun- no expertise is required and the results can be stunning!- even on the first try. By combining different hand made papers (one of my favorite things to do) wonderful compositions can be assembled into a beautiful collage. These can have added drawn or painted elements, or not. It's up to each individual. I like to incorporate old photographs, letters, and odd bits to personalize mixed media pieces. Art making is wide open for interpretation! It's such a pleasure to 'hold the door open' so you feel comfortable walking into the world of creativity and encourage you to roam and explore.

Image Gallery

About me: I'm Barbara Boren. As long as I can remember I've been an art lover- both as a student and teacher. I now offer women exercises and art activities designed to connect you with your creative source to rekindle (or find!) your passion.I left my art and language teaching position years ago for a career in business. But after many years in that career, I felt something inside of me was dying. So once again, I dove into my art practice scribbling, drawing, collaging, and painting. Through these practices I found my way home- to myself- my essence.Whether recalibrating after leaving a career, the initial sense of loss and disorientation of an empty nest, the end of a relationship, or dealing with the death of a spouse, I have experienced these states and it's always art practice that pulls me through both uncertainty and grief. I know from experience that creativity is a great healer which can knit parts of us back into wholeness. And this can lead to exciting growth and transformation. Today I am living my best life and I would like this for you too! I would be honored to be your guide as you walk the creative path.Over the last several years I've been exploring and experimenting with different materials and techniques and sharing what I learn. This is one of my favorite activities. For over thirty years I've been practicing qigong and tai chi and often incorporate simple exercises in my classes to loosen up and get the qi flowing (and it's fun!). For more info on classes contact me at:, or find me on Instagram @BARBARAABOREN or on Etsy at BARBARABORENSTUDIO

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Please return as I will be adding online classes in the near future demonstrating some of my favorite techniques: making papers from foraged materials like flowers and weeds, creating unique hand stamped and stenciled papers, and creating vibrant papers with metal leaf (gold, silver, bronze) and acrylics. Then, I'll show you how to incorporate these papers into your pieces.I will also be adding a class on diving deep within to access your personal archetypes.Thanks again for taking the time to visit my site.