What My Kid is Reading Wednesday
This week, eager to channel the “creativity” vibe, I have decided to pre-empt my own feature and encourage YOU, dear reader, to go out and obtain a book for the sole purpose of destroying it.
Yep, you read that right.
This bibliophile highly suggests Keri Smith’s “Wreck This Journal" as an outstanding way to a. get out of your own head for a bit, b. open yourself up to new creative endeavors, and c. adjust your perspective on what art is, could be, and how it doesn’t have to be the least bit perfect, contrived, organized, or even very hygienic, for that matter. Consider it adult play therapy.
The pictures above are from my own journal (I chose the brown paper bag cover but there are several others available) and I have not, admittedly, completed it yet. I have, however, completed pages that have asked me to:
- write my name six different ways,
- poke holes in the page several times,
- scratch a black page up with a sharp object,
- make a tongue painting with colorful candy,
- write one word over and over,
- collect grocery lists, and
- doodle over text.
I have yet to bring the book into the shower or sew a page yet, nor have I felt comfortable leaving it somewhere public for others to draw in it. I haven’t yet summoned the courage to bury a page in my neighbor’s yard nor have I figured out a way to wear the journal. But this should give you a pretty good idea of the way the journal challenges you. It also asks you to deface a photo of yourself you don’t like, to journal what your inner critic tells you (I *really* like to confront this page), and to “lose a page” simply to confront the loss.
Keri Smith has other odd and intriguing books out and several are even designed with kids in mind—quite a few for girls, in fact. Teachers have reported using “Wreck This Journal” in the classroom to encourage creativity and courageousness in their students, which is pretty cool in my humble opinion. And, yes, it turns out there’s an app for it too.
You can even search Tumblr and find some really amazing “Wreck This Journal” creations via the book’s title hash tag. If you have one, we’d love to see some of YOUR pages!
Happy creating, friends.
~Marci aka Mamamusement
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Awesome! I didn’t know this was a thing :) Great suggestion Marci.