[tips, tricks and inspiration] wreck this journal

24 September 2014

I barely ever get time to do my WRECK THIS JOURNAL. But when I do, I go all out. I do at least one prompt page. How is that 'all out' you ask? Well, you're probably only asking because you've either never completed a prompt page, or you're just a whirlwind of artistic talent that works at mind-blowing speed. Because these prompts take time. Especially if you're a perfectionist like me who tries to wreck 'nicely'.
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Page markers are your best friends. Once you've decided what you want to do for a certain page mark it, because if you don't have time right then, when you do, you will have a good few pages to automatically get working on without having to waste time brainstorming. I also mark the pages i have already done, just so I can look back on them and decide if I think they're really finished. And if nothing else, they remind me that this book is not impossible to complete: it just takes time.
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 Inspiration is vital. If you have no idea what to do, you won't do it. If you're stuck for ideas, you'll leave it. So search people's Wreck This Journal's; take inspiration, gain ideas; it's allowed. I think I've probably seen a good twenty versions of the same prompt on Google Images, each one was different, each one was unique, but each one gained inspiration from the one done before. There's even a WRECK THIS JOURNAL Flickr group solely made for people to share their prompt pages to give others ideas.
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Bring out all the supplies you think you will need before hand. Don't sit at your desk and see what happens, plan what you think you will do. Why? Because, if half way through, you realize you need paint but it's downstairs and then you need tissue paper and a paint brush and water in a jar - Well. You might just decide to pack away and carry on tomorrow. Tomorrow will never come. Or if it does, it will take a good long while. Instead, make sure everything is at hand so your inner laziness doesn't shine through at the wrong time. Always try and finish at least one prompt page fully once you're sat down. Key word: try.
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The pages are relatively thin, which means some markers and pens and paint will just soak through. Therefore if you do want to use these pens/paints, be careful. Your best bet is to use acrylic paint as when it dries it becomes stiff and gives you the perfect thickness of page for your other side, and it doesn't soak through. If you do want to use watercolour paints, I'd advise you to dry it with a blast of the hair dryer, as then it dries quicker and stiffer and does not dry so the page is soft and slightly 'damp'.
If you were expecting tips and tricks you had never heard before, and are disappointed, I'm sorry. But at the same time I'm not. Because usually, the most basic things help. And even if you've heard all this before, you may never have implemented it. Now I'm telling you - do it. Right now I have absolutely no motivation or inspiration to blog due to having just started college, so if you also think this post is lame, you're probably right. I haven't read a book in at least two weeks; because I'm still on the same one and I just do not want to pick it up. Send me rainbows and cake please. Please? Also free time, I need lots.
p.s i take no credit for the final image prompt idea, i saw someone else doing this same prompt and really loved how they have done it so i tried to re-create it. you can see the original here.

24 comments:

  1. Your drawing of Hermione is soooooo cute!
    I have a Wreck this Journal too lying somewhere in the house - I haven't picked it up in ages. I'm really bad at drawing so it has turned out to be some kind of scrapbook :p

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    1. PICK IT UP PICK IT UP PICK IT UP


      without using your hands. ;)

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  2. These are actually really helpful tips ;D I have one of these, but...I'm actually thinking about just buying another one. My other one is...well, I didn't plan it out like you suggested, haha, and it doesn't reflect me anymore because it's so old! XD I love your pictures! ~RosieReads

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    1. Yay I'm so glad!..Awwh well why not? And maybe you can use the first one as your test page, I wish I had multiple copies of each page as I have so many ideas for one prompt I want to do them all!

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  3. I've never heard of a wreck this journal-love this idea!

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  4. I've been debating getting one of these journals for ages and I think I will now, your drawings have given me an artistic boost! Oh and amazing drawings, especially mini Hermione, she is adorable!

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    1. THIS IS WHAT I LIKE TO HEAR! Haha. Thank you. :)

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  5. I've given this book as a gift to a whole heap of friends and they absolutely love it! I''ve been considering getting my own copy, but I'm not artistic in any shape or form. Your drawing of Hermione makes me so jealous, it's soooo cute!!!!! Great tip about the acrylic paint!

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    1. You must! If you've been giving it to other people then you should treat yourself and get your own! And you don't have to be artistic! Just brave enough to wreck! ;)

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  6. Hawwa,
    I know I've been out of the blog game for a bit, but I see you've changed your blog design - it looks really good! Can I ask who did it?
    And this post is full of great pointers, especially when you said about some pens and whatnot leaking through the pages - I wouldn't realise that until it was too late!
    Amy;
    The Blog Hermit

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    1. I have indeed, thank you! And two people actually, one designed [The Paper Sea] and one coded [Stay Bookish].
      Yay, do you own one yourself?

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  7. "Wingardium Leviosa" page = perfect, perfect, perfect! I love it, Hawwa :')

    Anyway, great post! I really want a Wreck This Journal!!

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  8. I think Wreck this Journal is the coolest thing. I saw my friend's one and was just in awe. Each of her pages are so unique and creative. It looks like a lot of fun too.
    I have plenty of my own "normal" journals for doodling but I really want a Wreck This Journal.
    Yours looks so full. I love your little Hermione. And great tips by the way!
    Marian ^_^

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    1. It's actually not! I've only done about 6 pages and there are SO MANY!! Thank you I'm glad I helped!

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  9. These are great tips! I've got my Wreck It Journal around somewhere but I haven't looked for it in FOREVER! I tend to neatly destroy it... I'm really not good at not being a perfectionist as well. I've barely done any of it to boot! :3

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    1. WHY THANK YOU. LOOK FOR IT THEN RACHEL. Merlin's beard! Why do you have it if you don't do it? :P But yes, I feel the pain.

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  10. I'm SO going to do this one day. I actually have a thing for journals/notebooks. I collect them but I never know what to actually do with them: SO THIS WILL BE IT. *nods* I love those pictures, though, ohhh, you've got some awesome skills there. And no shame in wrecking "nicely". These things must be done with careful but messy thought. ;-)

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    1. Cait you're like the crafty queen and you draw and create and YES GET ONE IT WILL BE FABULOUS AND THEN YOU CAN DO POSTS ABOUT THEM AND I WILL DROOL OVER YOUR PROMPTS. Good plan? Thought so. And yes, indeed they must.

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  11. This has got me so inspired to get out my journal and keep wrecking it, since I feel like I haven't in ages. I realise from this, though, that I'm quite tame, it seems, with how I fill in my notebook. I think it's so neat how people react different to each task set, though, and I loved, loved, loved seeing the work you'd done on your journal. Your art is so beautiful!
    Now I'm wanting to set up a painting, drawing, wrecking area full time, so I can just go at it whenever and it will all be ready. I think this sounds like an excellent idea.

    Very inspiring, lovely post! (And nice to meet you for the first time!)

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm glad this helped a bit - and I agree..seeing how other people interpret the same thing as you is so inspiring!

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  12. HAWWA THIS IS AMAZING. MY WRECK THIS JOURNAL IS TERRIBLE COMPARED TO THIS. I MUST SET OFF ON A MISSION.

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