Kendra struggled with depression and anxiety for as long as she could remember. A high school art teacher assigned a weekly art journal as part of her class work. Kendra wasn’t thrilled with the process. She didn’t like using other people’s journaling prompts and she felt inhibited knowing she was creating the journal for a grade.
She moved a thousand miles away from home for college, and her struggles got worse. She turned to art journaling again, this time on her own to make sense of what she was experiencing. She ultimately decided to leave college, partly from the clarity she had gained by working on her journals.
Her life continued – she got married and had a son. And her depression and anxiety continued. Her work with her art journals moved into a deeper phase. She’s come to believe that this way of connecting to herself is key to maintaining her well being through her ups and downs.
Kendra graciously shares her experience with art journaling and how it has supported her as she moves through her life with depression and anxiety. She shares how anyone can start a daily art journaling practice to support their own well being, no matter where they are and what they are experiencing.
In this interview, Kendra shares:
- how her personal art journaling style has evolved over time.
- the materials she likes to use for art journaling.
- her point of view about including words in your art journal.
- how her art journaling has supported her work in therapy.
- how she practices now as a stay-at-home and work-at-home mom.
- the process she went through to create her book of “Dear Self” poems.
- why she does her art journaling practice just before she starts her work.
- how art journaling has helped her release her desire to make everything perfect.
- her advice on starting an art journaling practice.
The Practice – Ideas and Inspiration for Art Journaling
Resources to Connect with Kendra:
- Kendra’s website – kendrakantor.com
- Kendra’s blog post with 15 tips to get started art journaling
- Kendra’s free art journaling workshop
- Kendra’s book “Dear Self”
- Kendra on Facebook
- Kendra on Twitter
- Kendra on Instagram – join her for her #MindfulMondayPractice challenge
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