|Wreck this bible!|
Soon after acquiring this book I was hooked. The concept is very freeing, and it's got me doing art more often and keeping my skills sharp, which is always good. Also, the idea that you create the art naturally and by chance is very exciting to me. The more you work with the book, the more it develops in an often unexpected direction.
|Cover page of my Wreck This Journal. I love its mantra... To create is to destroy!|
|The instructions page, not yet in its final stage of development.|
|Speaking of incomplete metamorphosis, my journal is slowly shedding its cover like some sort of reptilian skin. I can't decide if I want to salvage the cover or make a whole new one! Hmm... better work against my better judgement.|
|The "materials" list has become a scavenger hunt. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!|
|Achoo! My take on the classic "rip up strips" page.|
|I had a lot of materials to use for this one, I work in an office.|
The daunting "bring this book in the shower" page. I actually brought the book in the shower with me on two different occasions, I didn't think it got wrecked enough the first time!
|I didn't realize this at first, but there sure are a lot of four letter words.|
|I really like these two pages, but they aren't going to stay "perfect" for long. |
The conjoining page requires me to sew through the paper, thus significantly changing them in the process.
|Escape the nets of oppression!|
|"Glue random items on this page." One of my favorite ones I've worked on so far.. there are just so many random things in this world to be glued!|
I checked out a lot of other Wreck This Journal stuff for inspiration and I came across the official WTJ blog written by the author. She has a lot to say about the philosophy behind this book. One thing she said particularly stuck in my mind. It was something along the lines of- "While working in your journal, you will naturally come across pages that are harder to complete than others. This is normal, it all depends on your personal concept of destruction. However, the pages you avoid represent aspects of your creative process that you probably need to work on the most."
I really took this idea to heart and have challenged myself to complete those certain pages that I struggle with. I haven't got to all the difficult ones yet, but I'm working on it. For example, I tackled this page:
|A tiny Jack Skellington sticker.|
|Check out all the supplies she got to work with! WTJ should always be worked on with this kind of childhood exuberance.|
|She's using this book to "break" the habits of the common OCD idea that things must always be perfect. I think this is the most important aspect of Wreck This Journal- learning to loosen up and appreciate things for the way they are.|
My Journey With Keri Smith's Wreck This Journal1) The Beginning.....
2) WTJ Part Two
3) WTJ Part Three - Vengeance
4) WTJ Part Four - The Reckoning
5) WTJ Part Five - Return of the Journal (Final)