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Wreck This Journal: To Create is to Destroy Paperback – 14 Oct 2010

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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (14 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846144450
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846144455
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,561 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"No matter where you start or where you end, there's always something interesting to do...The book is an exploration into creativity."
Buffalo News"

Praise for Wreck This Journal
Wreck This Journalencourages you to stop fretting about quality and start relishing the artistic process. Oprah.com
I love this book and the playful way that Keri Smith teaches people the act of creating by putting you right on the spot.Wreck This Journalis a fun, interactive book that you will want to work in every day. To create is to destroy, and this book delivers. D*I*Y Planner
No matter where you start or where you end, there's always something interesting to do. . . . The book is an exploration into creativity. Buffalo News

The ideal gift for artistic minded people, or not, for that matter, as what I love about this book is that there is no right or wrong. Neat, messy, colorful, dark, you can wreck however you want. Hawwa, etc.
I've kept journals before, but have never written in them as frequently as I write in myWreck This Journal. Itis great for inspiration; it gives you tasks that are thought-provoking rather than pages of endless blank lines. It is a great way to pass the time and a great gift for anyone, no matter how young or old. Teen Ink
Wreck this Journalmakes a great gift for someone who's going through a stressful time, needs a form of release, or anyone who could use a few minutes of fun. Jactionary
Wreck This Journalencourages you to experiment and have fun. . . . Flip to any page in the book and you will find a prompt: fun prompts, destructive prompts, creative prompts to help your creative juices flow. Craft Critique
Calling all bookworms and creative doodlers, Wreck This Journalis the perfect book to spruce up your summer. . . .It s a wonderful stress reliever and brings out the inner childish behavior we are so often told to get over.You won t be disappointed. Kristine Marie Babauta, Marianas Variety

Praise for Keri Smith
Keri Smith may well be the self-help guru this DIY generation deserves. TheBeliever
A conceptual artist and author luring kids into questioning the world and appreciating every smell, texture and mystery in it. TIMEMagazine" --This text refers to the Diary edition.

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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Keri Smith is the master of encouraging you to see things you usually wouldn't see in life. Just flicking through this book I wanted to race out and start doing everything she tells me to do in it.

There are 59 exploration ideas/activities from creating a survey and documenting peoples answers to experimenting with different items as a writing utensil. It takes you out of your box and makes you think like a child again, when creativity had no boundaries.

You're highly encouraged to write/draw/paint in the book and glue things you've collected in to it. I love this idea, but I have such a bad notebook obsession that I couldn't help but open up a new one for my 'explorations'. For me, that means I can keep coming back to some of the ideas and do them again, but some people might prefer to just throw caution to the wind and get stuck in gluing everything you find into the pages of the book. Whatever floats your boat.

I highly recommend this to anyone who is ready to be a child again and start exploring the things in the world we'd forgotten to look closely at.
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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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Nothing wrong with the book just disappointed my dog got here before me😞
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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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It's a great book for quite artistic people as it forces you to see beauty in literally everything. I'd say it's not really aimed at children under the age of 13 as the ideas are sometimes a bit complex, but I'm 15 and I absolutely love it.
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I bought one of these journals last year and had a thoroughly wonderful time being outrageously silly. I even took it for a drag round a park...much to the bemusement of the people walking their dogs. I was a tad anal about journalling up to usig this book, which I found incredibly liberating.
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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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If you like art, destruction, mess, abandonment, doodling and creativity, this is the book for you.

This is absolutely bursting with activities, most of which are entirely open to interpretation meaning the possibilities really are endless. The pages are reasonably thick and of good quality, but even so, many art materials such as paints do soak through the pages. Then again, this is supposed to be wrecked. Just go with it.

The brilliant thing about these is that there seems to be a real online community who are bursting with talent and eager to share, meaning you can seek inspiration and also display your own art to the world on platforms such as Pinterest and Instagram.

Take it everywhere you go. Jump up and down on it. Throw it. Decorate it. Fill it and love it.

This is Wreck This Journal and it's a 5/5 from me.
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