Friday, January 27, 2012

WRECK THIS JOURNAL


I wanted to write a little post about this amazing book I purchased called “Wreck this Journal” by Keri Smith. The journal was designed to encourage unstructured creativity while helping to escape fear of the blank page.
Each page contains illustrated, mess-making acts, which help guide you to see creative destruction everywhere. There are so many neat experiences in this book, including taking it with you in the shower, poking holes through pages, and collecting fruit stickers from your groceries. 
Some of the activities immediately make you stop and scream NO! – which is part of it’s brilliance. Being pushed outside your comfort zone is such an important part of the creative process.

One of my wrecking favourites is the back cover. You are instructed to tape up your book and mail it back to yourself. I haven’t done this one yet, but how fun to have your journal show up in your mailbox with stamps, postage marks, and just bangs and dings from running through the postal system!
Being an artist, my favourite style of art or creativity is to just jump in. With my creatures, this is how I usually work – grab some socks and just start cutting! I love letting loose and being surprised at what’s staring back at me in the end.
I purchased my copy on Amazon for about $12, I’ve only just started and am having a blast! Definitely check it out if you’re up for some mess making fun. Is anyone else already wrecking their journals?

It’s FRIDAY! and it’s stormy outside. I kinda like the wind.
J