The subtitle of the book is: 'To create is to destroy' and the aim is pretty simple. All you have to do is fill in the pages of the book, following the prompts, and by the end of it, you should hopefully be more free-minded when it comes to art, able to think outside of the box and not be such a perfectionist. As my art teacher says, 'happy accidents' sometimes make the picture 100 times better than if you were to try and make everything ''perfect'' with nothing out of place.
"WARNING: During the process of this book you will get dirty. You may find yourself covered in paint, or any other number of foreign substances. You will get wet. You may be asked to do things you question. You may grieve for the perfect state that you found the book in. You may begin to see creative destruction everywhere. You may begin to live more recklessly."
Having already used one of Keri Smith's books i was pretty sure that she was joking here, but i didn't know to what extreme i'd be asked to wreck this book! Prompts like, 'take this in the shower with you', 'crack the spine' and 'hang this page outside and let people do what they want to it' made me cringe, which is why i haven't done them yet!
The instructions are simple:
1. Carry this with you wherever you go.
2. Follow the instructions on every page.
3. Order is not important.
4. Instructions are open to interpretation.
5. Experiment. (Work against your better judgment.)
One slight problem i had with the book was how thin the pages were. Considering the amount of things you are asked to splatter this book with (food, tea, paint) you'd think the pages would be durable but i found that even the slightest of thinks imprinted on the back of the page too, i was surprised to find. Maybe because the aim is to 'wreck', so you have to take everything in your stride, but for me, the 'nice wrecker' i found it painful to see my art work ruined by ink soaking through the page onto it.
Another slight issue some people may have with the book is, if you don't have much patience, this may not be the book for you. I know people who have finished the entire book but it took them around 4 years. So for people who like to see results quickly *cough* me *cough* , they may it hard to motivate themselves to try and complete this if they know it is going to take too long.
Overall however, I found Wreck This Journal to be a perfect pastime to unleash my inner 'recklessness' (to a point!) and had fun wrecking the pages of this book. It would 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, you are free to interpret the prompts however you want. Neat, messy, colorful, dark, you can 'wreck' however you want!
*Thank you to Spinebreakers for sending me this book free in exchange for an honest review.