Monday, July 14, 2008

Another exercise in creative freedom

Have you heard about this book?

Wreck This Journal, by Keri Smith. According to the author, "It is about absurdity. A creation. Evidence that you exist. Using materials. Destruction. It is about FUN. Doing the opposite. Breaking the rules. It is about ideas. Getting dirty. Making mistakes. I'm going to ask you to make a mark and it's going to be messy. Don't worry about that. That's the point."

Basically, it's an art journal - a journal that's a combination of writing, scrapbooking, art, and photojournaling. This one, however, has a different twist. Instead of a staring at a blank page in your journal and wondering what to do/write/draw on the page, this book comes with instructions for each page. And most of the instructions have to do with "wrecking" the journal. For example, one page directs you to poke holes in it using a pencil (see below). Another instructs you to tear the page out, crumple it in a ball, and kick it around. It's all about being silly, playing, having fun, and not worrying whether or not you're going to do something wrong and "wreck" your beautiful art journal.

So here's my first page, filled with holes made with colored pencils. Really, it was quite fun poking all those holes. Mark even helped. I'll post more pages as I work through the book. Should be a fun ride!

Have a great week! L


Sarah Z said...

How fun! Where did you find that?

Becky said...

This is too fun. What a great thing to do with the grandkids each time they come to visit - work on another page! Can you just see my 5-7 yr. olds who are just coming into the stage of "doing things right" being instructed by their Grandma to tear up a page and kick it around the room :0! I love introducing my grandkids to something new. Can't wait to get it.

Thanks for the idea.


Melynn said...

That is pretty creative. Where did you get it?