Gifts of Friendship

September 23, 2009 at 10:21 pm (Wreck This Journal!) (, , , , , , , )

Wheeee!!!!!  A few days ago (sorry it took me a while to post) I got some fabulous treasures from Kavindra! We did a page swap because we had so many similarities with our journal wrecking experience.


Isn’t this fabulous – right down to the wrapping paper? I can’t believe all the wonderfulness this little package contained!

There’s two (sorry, gotta use this word again – you know, when you find the perfect word, why stop?) fabulous journal pages from dear beloved Anjara – a beautiful sparkly-glittery one and a very intricate “back of the envelope” doodle page. I could stare into that doodle page for hours, there’s so much to look at. It has kind of a hypnotic effect, like when people get those spinning loopy eyes in cartoons.  (That part just above the center makes me think of that).

Gosh! And there’s just so much other wonderful stuff!  A Kali sticker, a neat little stick-pin button, an incredibly wonderful postcard (not shown – I chose to leave that private and also it is probably copyrighted), a special pristine feather, a cheerful note, great mandala-like wrapping/tissue paper – and I think my favorite item of all (but how can I pick?) – one of Kavindra’s painted rocks!


Is this my lucky day or what?

How wonderfully fabulous it all is!  Kavindra’s blog is called “A Clear Path to Happy” – she definitely delivered!

© (text only) amateur-in-art, 2009


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New Wrecking Crew

August 22, 2009 at 9:57 pm (Creativity, Jamie Ridler, Wreck This Journal!) (, , , )

Just found out that Grammy has created a space for us to continue our Wrecking adventures – or to start a new one.

It’s based on the Next Chapter group originally developed by Jaime Ridler, which spent over a month walloping our way through the book, Wreck This Journal.

I’m still on Wrecking hiatus, myself, but wanted to be sure and point folks in Grammy’s direction if they are looking for a group to join or wish to continue the wreckage.

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End of Week 8 – The End?

August 5, 2009 at 10:38 pm (Creativity, Jamie Ridler, Wreck This Journal!) (, , , , )

As usual, I’m posting late, again. Jamie said for us to do this in our “own time” – and my time, is “late.”  But here I am.

I really wanted this to be a big week of wrecking, and I still have more ambitions, but here’s a run down of the semi-grand finale:

I started with a list for future wreckings:


It’s probably hard to read, so I’ll write it out here.

1. Shoot it out of a cannon

2. Shoot it with a gun.

(going with a theme here)

3. Shoot it with a paintball gun.

4. Put chewed bubble gum all over front cover.

5. Hit it into the outfield with a metal baseball bat.

6. Run over it with the lawnmower.

7. Throw it into the ocean.

8. Bury it in the sand.   X marks the spot – buried treasure.

9. Feed it to a tiger. (grrr)

10. Send it to the dump.  (stinky)

11. Drive a stake thru it.

12. Flush a page down the toilet.

Some of these, like shooting it out of a cannon, or feeding it to a tiger, I’d really like to do!

Now for a few other pages; no commentary.


Colored ink and very old food coloring

Colored ink and very old food coloring

I didn't do a thing to this - this is all just soaked through

I didn't do a thing to this - this is all just soaked through

Grocery receipts instead of grocery lists

Grocery receipts instead of grocery lists

This next one is one of my favorite pages from this week. It is my “before” picture of the “white things” page. I love that it is so dirty, already, at the start. Most of the “dirt” is a really good dousing I gave it of “liquid smoke” for the “scent” page.


Here’s the finished page – junk mail, cotton ball, cotton swabs, toilet paper (clean, of course!), kleenex, lots of stickers from CDs and DVDs, and even a wadded up plastic bag.


This is another fun page I like a lot. Circles from milk cartons.


And a warning to myself for the future:


Added an entire newspaper page

Added an entire newspaper page

And now for the grand finale, and a little perspective:





And now, let’s see just how far Rex and I have come on this Wrecking Journey:



And here’s where we started, on our very first day together:


First day

Like any good relationship, it has its ups and down, and sometimes gets a little rocky (literally) – but in the end, it gains its own unique personality, and becomes a comfortable old friend.

See more of my fellow Wreck Stars and meet Jamie Ridler, the mastermind behind this Wrecking Journey.

© amateur-in-art, 2009

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End of Week 7

July 28, 2009 at 8:59 pm (Wreck This Journal!) (, , )

Well, once again we are nearly in the middle of Week 8, and I have barely done anything to my journal during Week 7.

My sched. has changed and darn it! I just can’t get my act together to go wrecking, or wrecking or posting on time. Not at all. Oh well. Once again the “no rules” line is saving me.

Anyhow. So here’s what I ended up with, belatedly, for this week.

First, I suppose, I should mention that I am finally begining to see that Rex is actually trying to teach me a lesson, about resiliency.That was a bit of a breakthrough because I really hadn’t been catching much in terms of “wider issues”. Just straight wrecking for me, please.

So – here’s a quick run down on the actual wreckage for the week.


I drew some bugs but then got bored. Don't really like bugs, anyway.


“Pretend you are on the phone, doodling on an envelope.” Well, I figured if I was doodling, then I must be bored. I don’t doodle when I’m on the phone unless it is a very boring conversation or I’m on hold. (Good thing I didn’t do that latter one – although there probably would have been some good quality Wrecking energized by anger and impatience if I had.)


This one is funny. My “non-stop” line stops at the Stop Sign. (see it, faint? – the dip in the lake made the ink soak through from other pages. If you look close, you can see “God’s hand” there, too.)


Evil words to ignore from my inner critic.

Of course, I don’t want to pay much attention to those kinds of words, so I wanted to be sure and obscure them.  Dripped candle wax.


I actually like this. It looks like a bunch of grapes!

And finally:



That’s it for Week 7.

Gosh! I can’t believe this is going to be over with in just a few days. I know I won’t finish mine until the middle of next week – but I may keep wrecking for a while, anyway.

I will definitely miss all of the fun and festivities – esp. Kavindra who is so hilarious!  Remember when we both said we were bored?

I’m not sure what I will do with Rex when this is all over, anyway. I really would like to let him take a plunge off of a bridge into the river – but my “don’t litter” environmental consciousness makes me a little worried on that one – plus I’m not sure I could say good-bye to him that way. Although, I never did do the “give away your favorite page” page – so maybe I need to “let go” of the whole thing.

We’ll see.

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Wrecking and Resiliency

July 21, 2009 at 10:08 pm (Wreck This Journal!) (, , , , )

I reviewed a few of my recent posts, and was thinking about how much abuse Rex has taken – all without a whimper! In fact, I remembered that I actually ran over him with my car last week – and I forgot to write about it because it turned out to be such a “non-event.”  He didn’t even whimper. Just laid there on the asphalt and took it.

And I’m realizing – Rex is quite the resilient little journal. He’s taken so much – but still goes merrily along – and is ready for more!

I wasn’t sure of my spelling so I got out my dictionary. Here’s what it says for “resilience“:

1) the capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation caused esp. by compressive stress

2) an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change

and then, for variation – resilient:

capable of withstanding shock without permanent deformation or rupture.

Wow!!! I suppose, then, maybe I really am learning something from this whole wrecking process. I had seen other’s blogs – and Jamie, too, of course – where they had talked about bigger kinds of “life lessons” they were learning from their journal. But not me.

But now, I think maybe I really can take some of this to heart. Rex is just “living his life” as a journal, destined for wrecking. He’s being a good sport, and taking it all in stride. He is definitely a concrete example of resiliency. So maybe I need to start paying closer attention to the lessons he wants to teach me.


Learn your own lessons – learn how at Jamie Ridler’s.

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Week 5 & 6 Wrap Up

July 19, 2009 at 7:17 pm (Wreck This Journal!) (, , )

I didn’t post last week, and I’m late this week. But I made up for it today.

Last week, all I did was give Rex a dip in a paint bucket


and added a few leftover leaves from a flower bouquet:


(there were more leaves than this, but after today's wreckage they fell out)

And that was all I did on Week 5.

But today, Rex and I went to the park by a lake. We went “fishing” and then took a walk. After his dip in the water, he tumbled along rocks on the shoreline, stumbled across warm ashes leftover from a bonfire last night, scuffled across the trail, bumped along on an asphalt trail, wandered off into some pine needles, and carefully avoided dog poo. He was looking a little battered by the time we got home.


While we were at the park, I did the “scribble while walking” page, and also found a really neat leaf to keep.



Once we got home, I decided to do the “imbue with a smell” page – but I couldn’t find the specific page, because everything was wet and sticking together (again).  So I just doused a few random pages with liquid smoke. Funny – one of them was my “dinner” page from a while back – and now it really looks wrecked!


Well, that’s all the wrecking for this week. Rex and I have an on-again, off-again relationship. Seems the weekend always gets here faster than expected, and I find I’ve neglected Rex all week. I can’t say what the upcoming week will hold. But we’re not done yet!

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End of Week 4

July 4, 2009 at 11:53 am (Wreck This Journal!) (, , )

Most of my wrecking I did in a flurry of activity at the end of the week.

I started the week by sending it through the mail. (a disappointment, although the fun part was I used a lot of “Simpsons” stamps, which were cool!)


Then I christened my journal Rex (was debating proper spelling – should it be Rex or Recks? Hmmm….maybe the latter, in hindsight), traced some things from my purse, and reiterated my opposition to instructions and rules.


Following up on my drilling from last week, I decided to take some tools to my journal and this week’s theme was “beating.” I discovered to my surprise that Rex is a tough old bird, and hardly flinched.


Finally, in honor of the Fourth of July, I decided to do the “burn” page. Not as exciting (=dangerous) as I thought it would be, but it gives a nice little affect.


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Burn, Baby, Burn

July 4, 2009 at 11:37 am (Wreck This Journal!) (, , , , , )

I deliberately waited until today to do my Week 4 wrapup (still to come) – because I wanted to do my “Burn” page on the Fourth of July.

I was too scared to try to burn it while it was still attached to the book (esp. since I had used an acrylic sealer on my food page – didn’t know how flammable and dangerous that might be) so I ripped it out, rolled it up (we used to make fireworks “punk” and firestarter sticks like this from old newspaper) and set it on fire. I was well prepared with plenty of water on hand in case things got out of control, and I was prepared to instantly drop it in the expectation that flames would race up the page and burn my hands. No, no, nothing that exciting at all. I suppose, had I remembered, I would have realized that it would turn out to be a very slow burn – duh, that’s why we used to use those rolled up pieces of paper that way in the ol’ days.

So I ended up with a lot of smudgy smoke, and very little fire. And plenty of large bits of ash.


Now, if I was a smoker, in hindsight, I’m thinking, gee, I coulda “rolled my own” here. That would have been interesting.

So after about five minutes of slow smoldering, I decided to douse it. All the loose ash fell off (the ash was the cool part) and so now I just have a stubby little burned-on-the-end thing.


I’ve set it out to dry (after its dunking) in the sun, and I still haven’t decided if I want to leave it as it is, rolled up, or if maybe after it dries (or before, I guess, since it would dry flatter) if I want to unroll it and see what kind of shape the page has. I think I may try that.


Well, why wait? Here it goes. Nice. I like this. A cool shape with fluffy (burnt) trim.

That’s all for today. Want to find a place for your incendiary ideas? Wreck a Journal with Jamie Ridler.

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