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Wreck This Journal [Paperback]

Keri Smith
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Book Description

19 Nov 2009

Think of this as the anarchist's Artist's Way -- the book for those who've always wanted to colour 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 that features a subversive collection of prompts, 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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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (19 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039953346X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399533464
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.9 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (554 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,681 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

Keri Smith is the author of popular weblog Wish Jar Journal, which attracts 8,000 readers daily. A freelance illustrator by trade, she has illustrated for the Washington Post, The New York Times, Ford Motor Company, People, The Body Shop and Hallmark. She is the author of Living Out Loud and the children's title Tear Up This Book.

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149 of 154 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic gift 4 Jan 2012
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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16 of 16 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute godsend. 14 Jan 2014
By Acathla TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I bought this for my 17 year old daughter who has severe obsessive compulsive disorder by recommendation of a friend who has it too and it is, to put it bluntly, fantastic. She is pushing herself to do things that she thought she wouldn't be able to do when she first read through it. That in itself is an amazing thing but to see her really push the boundaries of what she thought she was able to do and surpass them is fantastic. I think it is a great journal for any teen, artistically inclined or not. It really is something very very different from any book/journal I have seen before and giving it five stars really doesn't do it justice. I know it is trendy and will probably be a bit of a fad but it has helped one very upset daughter laugh for the first time in so long. So much so that I have bought one for me to help her do the things that she is going to struggle with so that we can do them together.
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11 of 11 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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130 of 138 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Teenage book 9 Nov 2012
By Tracy
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This book was bought for my daughters 14th birthday, it was recommended by a friend. It is a really fun book and has loads of great things inside the covers. I bought this book with the other titles in the set. Great pressie for teenagers
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Xmas present 29 Nov 2013
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This is to be a xmas present for my 9 year old granddaughter. It looks fine to me and I'm hoping she will like it when Santa gets around to delivering it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ems Review 13 Jun 2013
By bev66
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Really fun journal
This is a really fun journal that is easier to actually complete I find, as you have instructions rather than having to think blankly about your life, you also don't need to be... Read more
Published 16 hours ago by Caity
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
i loved it, it was everything it said in the description! amazing quality and kept me busy for hours, brilliant!
Published 19 hours ago by jennie577
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing product. Fun and interesting
Such a good, fun and interesting book. Unique and different from anything else, great to do when your bored, makes you think outside the box and be creative. Read more
Published 1 day ago by vanessa mcara
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative destruction.
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. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Hannah
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow !
Amazing full of things to do 😝 1000000000000000000% amazing trust me best buy in years 😂 please buy I am wreck less now
Published 4 days ago by Millie Gould
5.0 out of 5 stars Says used but not really!
I absolutely love my wreck this journal, it says used but none of the pages are used or bent, the book has no damage whatsoever, the book is asif it has never been opened! Love it.
Published 6 days ago by Ellie-Jo Blakeman
5.0 out of 5 stars wreck this journal
keeps young and old entertained for hours. My daughter has enjoyed filling it in. I would recommend this to any parent
Published 6 days ago by M. Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Wreck This Journal
You will not be disappointed with this. It's a fabulous way of getting the "creative juices" flowing. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Yorkie
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
My 10yr old daughter loves it, got her creativity working and have ordered a 2nd one to give to her best friend!
Published 8 days ago by Mary Yore
3.0 out of 5 stars 10 year old boy
Quite simply he's just not got into this book- I thought it looked good - but maybe that's because I'm a kid at heart :-)
Published 9 days ago by Sparks
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