Wreck This Journal by Keri SmithFor anyone whos ever wished to, but had trouble starting, keeping, or finishing a journal or sketchbook comes Wreck This Journal, an illustrated book that features a subversive collection of prompts, asking readers to muster up their best mistake- and mess-making abilities to fill the pages of the book (and destroy them). Acclaimed illustrator Keri Smith encourages journalers to engage in destructive acts-poking holes through pages, adding photos and defacing them, painting with coffee, and more-in order to experience the true creative process. Readers discover a new way of art and journal making-and new ways to escape the fear of the blank page and fully engage in the creative process.
Wreck This Journal
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Canadian artist Keri Smith instructs users to take their journal for a walk, poke holes in pages, paint, draw, color, rip, stomp, freeze, throw, and so much more. These prompts encourage readers to embrace their own creative processes and reinforce a culture of finishing what is started. - Make it your page.
So, yay depression…? My girlfriend Heather works in the mental health field, and is often shown items that can help clients work through their issues, whether in a constructive, cathartic, or other way. I recognized at once the therapeutic yet playful nature of the book, and its status as conceptual art. The entire book is made up of instructions on what to do with the book or individual pages thereof. It is gently transgressive, especially for someone from a family of book lovers like me. Nothing suffers but the book which, being one copy of printing of an edition — the book has been revised and expanded more than once since its first publication in — is easily replaced.
I only brought it because I burned out from my nightmarish fashion degree and I really wanted something to get me back into drawing. I guess I prefer to do a serious drawing rather than doing Wreck This Journal pages. Illustrated a tea of cup and some of my favourite books. I know I know, it defeats the whole purpose of Wreck This Journal! But it just went a bit wrong.