Wreck This Journal

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Wreck This Journal: To Create Is to Destroy by Keri Smith

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"Amazing! Great for teen girls"
5 stars"

This is 100% an amazing book and great teen choice if your looking for a journal. Every page is full of an idea of what to do with it. That is creative and exciting. It makes your creative juices flow and is a good time consumer. I used to spend a lot of time on my computer or watching TV because I didn't have anything else to really do. Got this and now I'm always working from it and rarely on the computer now. Love it and recommend it as a Birthday OR Christmas gift for a teen girl.

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Got this for my friend, who is now enjoying channelling her creativity destructively.

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"Great book"
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Loads of fun activities to wreck the journal, really enjoyable

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Think of Keri Smith's “Wreck This Journal” as the anarchist's Ar­tist's Way – the book for those who've always wanted to draw outside the lines but were afraid to do it. For anyone who's ever wished to, but had trouble starting, keeping, or finishing a journal or sketchbook comes “Wreck This Journal”, an illustrated book featuring a subversive collection of suggestions, asking readers to muster up their best mistake – and mess-making abilities to fill the pages of the book (and destroy them).

Through a series of creatively and quirkily illustrated prompts, acclaimed artist Keri Smith encourages journalers to engage in ‘destructive’ acts – poking holes through pages, adding photos and defacing them, painting with coffee, colouring outside the lines, and more – in order to experience the true creative process. With Keri Smith's unique sensibility, readers are introduced to a new way of art and journal making, discovering novel ways to escape the fear of the blank page and fully engage in the creative process.

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"…You see, I made a promise to myself: Follow the instructions and wreck the journal, no matter what my better judgment told me. It took a few days to get started. In fact, I spent those first few days grieving over what I had to do to the journal (yes, I started by reading through some of the instructions). When it comes to my books and journals, I'm a perfectionist and damaging any of them makes me uneasy. Even the sight of someone else damaging a book makes me uneasy.

But, when I finally let loose and did one of the tasks in the book, suddenly it didn't seem so bad. (Plus, it helped that I started with such an innocuous task – sticking a sticker from bought fruit on a page.) Before long, I was flinging the book at the walls, ripping pages, drawing with glue, showering with it, and a bunch of other interesting (yet highly suspect) activities. At the end of the day, my family members may think I'm a little nuts for buying a journal I would eventually destroy, however, it's incredibly fun, liberating, and therapeutic. Enough so that I enlisted the aid of a Starbucks barista for my recent experiment (and I think he liked it too).

Truth be told, it exceeded my expectations. Usually, I'm not a guided-journal girl, but Kerri somehow transformed what could be a boring task into something amazing. Kudos to her for it. (Between you and me, I'm strongly contemplating getting one just for my journal collection. It's that good.) T. Adlam

Author Biography

Bestselling author Keri Smith is a freelance illustrator by trade, and has illustrated for the Washington Post, The New York Times, Ford Motor Company, People, The Body Shop and Hallmark. She is the author of Wreck This Journal, How To Be An Explorer of the World and Mess. She lives in Canada.

Author Biography:

Keri Smithis a bestselling author, illustrator, and thinker. Her books include Wreck This Journal, The Wander Society, This is Not a Book, How to Be an Explorer of the World, Mess, Finish This Book, The Pocket Scavenger, Wreck This Journal Everywhere, Everything Is Connected, and The Imaginary World well as Wreck This App, This is Not an App, and the Pocket Scavenger app. She enjoys spending time with her husband, experimental musician Jefferson Pitcher, and two children.
Release date Australia
February 21st, 2014
  • General (US: Trade)
Country of Publication
United States
Penguin Putnam Inc
All-time sales rank
Top 2000
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