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Wreck This Journal : To Create is to Destroy, Now With Even More Ways to Wreck!(Paperback) - 2014 Edition Paperback – January 1, 2014
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When I got the book from Amazon I looked through it before giving it to my friend. As someone with anxiety issues, I was initially uneasy knowing this book was going to be wrecked by my friend! The poor thing didn't know what was in store for it.
As I began to look through the book and read some of the instructions inside (like dropping it from tall heights and stapling things inside) I was surprised to find that, even though I wasn't even DOING the activities, I was beginning to feel more and more liberated! I even thought about buying one for myself but was too poor at the time. I probably will when I have the money. It was therapeutic even just imagining being destructive and rule-breaking! Boy I'm really starting to sound like a wild child here...
In all seriousness, though, there is something about doing things you normally wouldn't, about wrecking things, about breaking the rules (however small the rules are!), that has a somewhat therapeutic effect. This book is GREAT for that and my friend really enjoyed it. She occasionally sent me pictures of the journal as she completed activities. I can't wait to get one for myself!
You have to begin with the understanding that you will not keep this book. Nobody will. It will be thrown away, if not by you, by someone who loves you, and cannot stand the smell any more. You can't buy the book with the idea that you aren't going to do any of the things that will seriously harm the book because you want to keep it; there is no point to that unless you want proof positive of your anal retentiveness and also that you are not really an artist. You have to buy it with the attitude that it is a 15 dollar lesson in how to let go of your fear of experimentation. The exercises are ridiculous and destructive and creative and exciting, and it will be far more important that you can make yourself do them than it is that the book records that effort.
When you are done, you will be proud of how awful the book looks. You will not look at an art journal the same way again, you will be more open-minded about what constitutes art and what qualifies as art media, and you will have an increased appreciation of art as a process as opposed to a product. You will also have more confidence in yourself as an artist... assuming you can bring yourself to actually do all the things the book asks you to do.
I bought this book off of Amazon for her and she is having a blast. I also bought 2 more Keri Smith books and I can't wait to get started on them.
Great book! Just beware, there is a page that says "Burn this page" and another that says "chew this page" so if you're planning on doing this with a kid, make sure they are supervised!