What interested you to become involved with 21 SECRETS? I was looking for some structure and inspiration in my own art making. 21 SECRETS came along just as I was getting some new creative energy after taking a local painting class. The instructor introduced new methods and materials to me, and she was into art journaling which piqued my interest. I started poking around the art journaling websites and magazines, and liked what I was finding. When I read about 21 SECRETS, it was a bonus that there are several art therapists instructing! As an art therapist, I do a lot of facilitation of the art process for others, and need to make sure I am feeding and nurturing my own creativity!
What class are you working on now? I started with Gretchen Miller’s ready for a revo’lution and still have an altered book in progress. Erin Kenepp’s Becoming Brave is like a visual meditation- the video is gorgeous. Right now I’m in Playing with Patterns, which is just plain fun.
Tell readers more about some of the art journaling ideas, techniques, or concepts that you have learned in 21 SECRETS that you could incorporate into your practice as an art therapist and the population you work with? We work on art journals during my groups with women with eating disorders. I love being able to bring new ideas, inspirations, and techniques. I’ve never been much into stamping, and 21 Secrets introduced me to new possibilities with this material. I brought a bunch of stamps and inks to group and was excited to see what was created with them. Any suggestions or tips that you would like to share for the art therapist or art therapy student just beginning to explore art journaling? I love the idea of using kids cardboard books and reconstructing them into art journals. They are such a great jumping off point (and super inexpensive at thrift stores). So many things can become materials for journaling– bubble wrap, envelopes, junk mail… no need to acquire a bunch of fancy supplies. Just jump in. What are you looking forward to next in 21 SECRETS? It is great that the classes will be available until the end of the year. I am taking my time and enjoying the process.