Originally Published May 2012
Hey guys! Some of you may remember a previous post I did a little while ago about my beloved Wreck This Journal. Well, it’s back, and it’s more wrecked than ever. One thing I noticed right off the bat is how drastically the journal changes over time. I had to hurry up and take pictures before it evolved into a completely different creature again!
Needless to say, I’ve been working with my WTJ a lot lately. It’s become my new “busy project” that I do during my idle time (very similar to my “Blue Footed Boobs” piece, now that I think of it!) I feel like I have the freedom to work on more than one page at once, so that keeps things interesting for me. I’m constantly doodling and doing weird mini craft projects now.
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In the spirit of recklessness, I challenged myself to get more people involved in the process of my book. I got a great opportunity to do this when I went over to my relatives’ house for this past Easter. I have a lot of little cousins running around that literally jumped at the chance to help mess up my WTJ. They were already playing outside in the yard, so it was the perfect setting to complete some pages which involved getting your hands (or feet) dirty. I definitely got what I wished for, and was soon overwhelmed by piles of dirt clods and patches of dried grass that were donated by my little cousins to put in my book. I have to give them credit for not only their enthusiasm but their creativity as well. At one point they were just using the dirt clod chunks as crude coloring utensils… brilliant. Wreck this Journal was made for kids, they have such a free spirit when it comes to art.
Two of my more stylish pages. Instead of making paper chains, I decided to make paper braids. I also added some laminated bananas to my fruit stickers page…There’s five of them I think, and they’re super cute. I was going to make them into bookmarks but I like them better this way. Oh and also, if you didn’t notice, I whip my hair back and fourth.
This one’s a twofer. I decided to be a little different when it came to my interpretation of the “color outside the lines” page. Instead of coloring outside the lines, I cut along the lines. In result, I was able to do this cool peephole effect. I used good ol’ reliable crayons, pens and sharpies for the colors and detail.
I am nowhere near finished with my Wreck this Journal, but I’m savoring it while it lasts. It’s been a very inspiring experience so far, and I can’t wait to get into even more zany journaling adventures. Expect even more updates from me in the future about this subject. There are still so many pages to go until my goal of completely filling up the book…
In the meantime, is there anyone else out there that’s in the process of wrecking their own journals? I’d love to see your techniques and interpretations of the directions.
P.S If you don’t have a WTJ yet, go out there and get one! It’s a great exercise for big and little kids alike.