Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Connect with your Favorite Art Book by Sandee Setliff

Hi everyone, Sandee here today. 
As a Creative/Artist I would like to share with you a new endeavor of 
self expression: knowing your archetypes.

While I love art technique books and yes, I admit to owning quite a few, Art Journal Your Archetypes by Gabrielle-Javier-Cerulli is one of my all time favorite books. Not for the art techniques that she shares but for learning what makes us art they way we do. For me it was an epiphany..my own 'aha moment' when I realized that I draw/paint/journal certain things for a reason and I was blown away. I even made a chart of my archetypes which I keep for easy referral in my
 art studio.

So the first question you may be asking is...
What is an archetype?
"An archetype is a symbolic representation of the repeated patterns of behavior that make you who you are, the driving forces behind your being. Archetypes are used in literature, script writing, marketing, branding, self-help, psychology, sociology, mythology and even the tarot."
Once you discover your archetypes ( through the 33 question quiz in the book ) you might be amazed at how many stencils that you own, that you are naturally drawn to collecting, which represent those archetypes. You will come to a better understanding of why you continually draw certain things and even in a particular style.
And since I am a continual seeker of knowledge this book is at the top of my must haves!

Even the small leaping girl stamp by Rubbermoon is an archetype, do you find yourself drawn to the female form?
 Find out why in the book!

 The stencils I used in order of the video and the archetypes they represent:

Fallen Leaves Stencil by Jessica Sporn

JournalArtista Stacked Books Stencil by Paula Phillips

Creative Halo Stencil by Pam Carriker

Words to Live By Stencil by Carolyn Dube

other supplies:
Rubbermoon stamp "Be an artist"
Gwen Lafleur Studio's Washi tape - Crystals
DecoArt acrylic paint

 I hope you enjoy the process video I made while I played around incorporating my archetypes in my art journal. I began with a premade background (I think I must have been bored one day and just played with color because it looks pretty random, I confess.) and from there I began layering my stencils and building my story around some of my core archetypes.

Knowing what makes you unique is highly valuable to you as an art journaler.
 Art journaling is a great way to express yourself using symbolic representation 
where you are free to create with no rules.

Discover and embrace your archetypes!


  1. I love how you did this! So many fun stencils!!

  2. I love that book! ( got it since we talked about it, quite a while ago) Was amazed by the archetypes but did not fully made the connections with my supplies ...yet...
    Love your artwork and hope to get my hands on some of those stencils soon!

  3. I need that book.. and those stencils.. its amazing the pages you can create with just partial bits of a stencil.

  4. thanks for stopping by my blog, and for your kind comment! You've created a stunning page with your collection of stencils, and the book sounds quite interesting. fun stuff!

  5. this is a stunning page Sandee...you are truly a seeker !!

  6. Loved your video! Now I am putting that book (and several of the stencils!) on my “must buy” list!

  7. You’ve inspired me to go get the book Sandee! Whatever your style is I love it. What a fun page. I love your tea inspired stencils and that cup works well with that stack of books.


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