The idea is the same - each page has a set of directions on them and you have to complete whatever strange task the book asks of you, often times "wrecking" or "messing up" your journal in the process. Both beckon you to push the book itself to its physical limits. How much can you ruin the book without technically ruining it?
|Mess This Journal - Ink Drop Characters|
I think this page turned out super cute. I kind of want to go back and add more characters. There's still some white space left on the page!
|Mess This Journal - Draw an object by tearing it|
|Mess This Journal - Smudge Log|
|Mess This Journal - Document Various Scribbles|
|Mess This Journal - Disaster Area|
|Wreck This Journal - Random Things Here|
What a future this Mess page has to look forward to.
The "disaster area" page reminds me of another page from Wreck This Journal that required you to glue random items to the paper. I remember that page filled up super quickly for some reason - I guess I have access to a lot of random things to glue down?
|Mess This Journal - Abrasion Test: Sand this page|
|Mess This Journal - Cut out this image and rearrange it|
|Mess This Journal - Lose your balance|
|Mess This Journal - Color in with your eyes closed|
|Mess This Journal - Alter this image|
I'm thinking about making their hats into giant soup bowls.
One guy doesn't have a soup bowl hat though, how sad :'(
|Mess This Journal - Deface this room|
Honestly, this prompt freaks me out. After living in my own place for a while, I've come to realize the importance of a clean room. After all the time I've spent organizing, vacuuming, and decluttering, to mess up this room on purpose just seems wrong! That's why I think this page is really smart. I love the insightful ways that Keri Smith tries to get us out of our heads through simple works of art.
|Mess This Journal - Delete or erase something|
|Mess This Journal - Public Mess|
I randomly "planted" some flowers that were not waterproof and will probably smear and smudge over time whenever the book gets wet.
|Mess This Journal - Fill in with all the colors you have on hand|
Well, that's it for now. Stay tuned for more updates on my Mess journal, and a few little things I'd still like to share about my Wreck This Journal. By the way, if you haven't yet, check out my extensive coverage on WTJ here- start from the beginning, it's an epic journey.
What do you think, is Mess a book you would be interested in working on? Which of the pages are your favorites? Which would be the scariest to complete in your opinion? Let me know in a comment below.