As I mentioned in my Juicy Pens and Thirsy Paper post last year, I don’t write in my books. I don’t dog ear. If I do for some odd reason need to markup a book, I’ll do it very lightly… in pencil. It goes without saying that Wreck This Journal poses a challenge for me! Author and artist Keri Smith urges us to roll up our sleeves and get messy with challenges like take the book in the shower with you (are you kidding me?!) or cut through several layers of the book (yikes!) or lick the page (gross). Hmm, I may need to ease myself in with more innocuous activities like writing on the grocery list page or tracing my hand.
Fortunately, my intuitive painting classes encourage me to get messy, make ugly art and just be in the creative process. I’ll definitely be tapping into that as I work my way through Wreck This Journal.
I did give myself a head start by buying a used version. It’s still blank inside, but it’s already a little run down and it’s got a black remainder mark on the edge. I needed to have it broken in rather than cracking open a pristine copy. Perhaps that’s cheating a bit, but it’s what worked for me! 😉 I even loved how the envelope it came in has seen better days.
Given that during the 12 Secrets Next Chapter adventure, I shared that I could use more fire in my life, I chose to kick off wrecking my journal by doing the “burn this page” page. Here’s a video of my first attempt.
After I got the hang of it and wasn’t worried that the whole book would go up in flame, I got bolder and played around more with the burnt edges. I actually like the effect.
I’m looking forward to meeting other Next Chapter wreckers this summer and playing together! Here’s to wrecking!