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Wreck This Journal: To Create is to Destroy [Paperback]

Keri Smith
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14 Oct 2010

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.

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: The Manual of Accidents and Mistakes. She lives in Canada.



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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (14 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846144450
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846144455
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (653 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Keri Smith is an author/illustrator turned guerilla artist. She is the author of several bestselling books about creativity including How to be an Explorer of the World -the Portable Life/Art Museum,( 2008 Perigee), Wreck this Journal (2007 Perigee). Her newest book, This is Not a Book will be released fall 2009 by Penguin Books. She is the author of the popular weblog the Wish Jar which attracts over 10,000 readers daily, and writes on occasion for a variety of magazines (including How Magazine). Keri spends her days playing with her husband and son, and divides her time between upstate New York, and the countryside of Canada.

As a free lance illustrator she has worked for a wide variety of clientsworldwide. Most recently Random House, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Ford Motor Co., the Boston Globe, Galison/Mudpuppy Press, and Hallmark. In the last few years she has given lectures and workshops on the topic of "living creatively" for the How Design Conference, the OntarioGraphic Artist's Assocation, UC Davis, and schools across North America.She has been featured in How, Step by Step, Print, Bust, Wired and many more.

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About the Author

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.

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172 of 177 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic gift 4 Jan 2012
Format:Paperback
I bought this as a Christmas gift for my girlfriend and she was absolutely delighted with it. I would definitely recommend this as an ideal present for a friend or loved one who is a bit of a 'doodler' or often finds themselves at a loose end. One word of warning though...I was sitting minding my own business when the book was sent rushing centimetres past my head. Apparently the page my girlfriend had opened instructed her to do something spontaneous and unexpected with the journal. You have been warned
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To create is to destroy 23 Nov 2012
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So much fun to take part in, it allows creativity and something to do. I would recommend it to anyone who is easily bored.
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143 of 156 people found the following review helpful
By Austin
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I bought the 'wreck this journal' showed it a friend and she's going to get one for herself and each of her daughters. What it isn't, is a model for an art journal e.g. day pages, representation of an event, scrapbook etc. For me this is more about breaking the normal rules of what you do with a book, see pages on 'flickr'for examples/ pictures of what other people have done with their journals. You can also go on the authors website to see ideas/ examples. Each page has an instruction on a way to alter/wreck a page/ the cover/ binding, for example doodle on the cover, tear a page out, put it into the pocket of your clothes and put it in the washing machine, when you've done that stick it back in the book. It reminded me of an art installation I went to see some years ago of some flowers in a case that were left in a window for weeks. The artist actually wanted to see the process of decay and how that would look. The flowers were dried up and crumbling when I saw them, but had their own kind of beauty.
If you are a bit of a perfectionist and are scared of the blank page or don't like to break the rules this should free you up a bit. The book isn't that expensive so it's kinda liberating to take it in the shower with you and see how it looks when you're done. I'm taking pictures of the process and will put it on my facebook page when I'm done. It's a fun exercise in loosening up and I would recomend it on that basis.
It's also interesting to note which instructions you are resistant to, I'm really struggling with the idea of tying a string round it and taking it for a walk - not least because the neighbors will think I'm mad LOL. And I really don't want to give a page to a friend to wreck it. Tells you a lot about yourself and what you are prepared to let go of and what you are not. It may also unblock you creativitly speaking - that's what I'm hoping for.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ems Review 13 Jun 2013
By bev66
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This journal is good and passes away spare time. Fun book to have. Excellent. Would buy as a present for teenager :-)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 18 Dec 2012
By velux
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Purchased this for my daughter who loves to doodle. The book contains page after page of doodling and has kept her amused for hours especially during school lunch breaks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I don't really know.. 19 April 2014
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I like it, I do.. but somehow I can't make myself "wreck" the book. the task are funny and silly..like a very chaotic coloring book..
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative destruction. 16 April 2014
By Hannah
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I think this is a brilliant idea, although I'm an avid book reader and it did take some building up to destroy a book. For creative, expressive people, this is a brilliant and out of the ordinary way to pass the time. It is a working process kind of art piece, that can always be added to, pages can always be revisited and there's always more room for recklessness! I find it quite therapeutic, and interesting to see how your interpretations turn out differently to everybody else's; there's method in the madness!
I bought this for myself, I'm 18. But this would make a great gift for anyone, although I'd say it was more targeted to teens/20's.
Anyone who enjoys art/creativity is bound to love it.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book 18 May 2013
By lou
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Fab! My daughters had endless hours on this, bought for friends also!!
Would recommend for ages from 10-16 even older!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A cool idea!
I really like the concept behind this journal. I looked on YouTube for ideas of how other people completed it which made it even more fun to do.
Published 22 hours ago by EHM
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for boredom and short attention spans
I bought this as a something to do over the summer because I have a tendency to get bored easily and my attention span is awful and I've just flicked through and all of the... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Charlie Hammond
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great item. Ordered on Saturday, despatched on Sunday, arrived on Monday. Super fast delivery and very happy with item.
Published 2 days ago by Mrs M Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Great present for 6-14 year olds
Great fun, bought this to keep my daughter entertained during the summer holidays. Lots of images on the internet to give inspiration.
Published 2 days ago by Andrew R Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to pass the time!
Very interesting book to pass the time, although it was kind of heartbreaking when you first come to destroy it. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Adelaide DeLuna
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
brilliant idea! kids loved it.
Published 5 days ago by Mrs Deborah D Saunders
5.0 out of 5 stars I've never had a book like it but mine is well wrecked at this point
I've never had a book like it but mine is well wrecked at this point. Fab as a gift for anyone age 11+
Published 5 days ago by M. Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good gift for teenage girl
Published 5 days ago by h l rogers
4.0 out of 5 stars great quality book and provided hours of entertainment for a ...
Came really quickly, great quality book and provided hours of entertainment for a teenager!
Published 6 days ago by Rachel
5.0 out of 5 stars my friend who I gave it to was over the moon and said this is the best...
came on time well packaged.i cant comment on useage of this book as I got 2 for gifts.my friend who I gave it to was over the moon and said this is the best book she ever received... Read more
Published 6 days ago by glenn
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