Tuesday, November 27, 2007

wreck this journal


I bought this book a while ago and only decided to play with it the other day when Hubby was off work. We both needed some cheering up after the burglary and it really did the trick! It is possibly the most fun I've ever had with a book! I took photos of my journal before I began to wreck it, so, once it's finished I'll post the before and after pictures.
Here's what the website says about the book: 


This book was created for anyone who has ever had trouble starting/keeping or finishing a journal/sketchbook. By forcing ourselves to wreck it on purpose, the “journal as an object” loses it’s preciousness, and allows us the feeling of completion. This book was created for every person who has looked at other artist’s journals and said, “I wish I could do that. I’ve started dozens of them but didn’t stick with it.” or, “But the journal itself is so beautiful, I don’t want to wreck it with my ideas/handwriting/drawings.” Or, “I feel pressured to write something good.”

In this book good does not exist. The goal is to fill it up, to shift your perception of the blank page and the journal itself into a place for experimentation. Into a place where you just get stuff out onto the page. A place to start working against your better judgment. To do those things you were taught to never do (make a mess, destroy, fold down pages, write in books, play with dirt). This book IS the place. Each page of Wreck This Journal is filled with prompts telling you how to systematically ‘destroy’ the entire book.

Off to wreck my journal some more...

2 comments:

  1. lol............i will definitely wreck one or two when i get home tonight

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  2. What a neat idea, I have the problem sometimes where I get stuck on wanting it to be perfect but as of recently I've thrown that notion out the window and have just put whatever I feel like putting in there.
    I'm on my third journal/scrapbook - the first one was given to a friend but never returned and ever since I've been trying to make up for it.

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