As an artist, we all wish to wake up in the morning, and create art as and when we please! Like Akshay Khanna in Dil Chahta Hai, where his ideas know no bounds and he seems to paint master pieces every day. Well the reality isn’t the same, and often times I have found myself in a creative rut. This isn’t something new and unheard of.
Plenty of writers, musicians and content creators deal with this mental hurdle of not being satisfied with the work that they are putting out into the world. In many cases, it feels like Mary Poppins’s words, “Well Begun is Half-Done.” Most artists start of strong but lack inspiration mid-way and ultimately give up. There is always this constant need for perfection in everything that we do.
Growing up I would always ogle at the big, beautiful sketchbooks and journals that would be line up at the book-store. But every time I would purchase a book I would manage to ruin the very first page. And there began my terrible habit of ripping out any page that I believed was imperfect. I have trashed plenty of my artworks and drawings purely because I disliked something on the page. This obsession with perfection led me to giving up on the whole, and not creating art for the longest time.
However things took a turn for the better, when I came across the Wreck this Journal towards the summer of 2014. This journal was no ordinary book; each page came with instructions on how to ultimately destroy the book. Imagine that! A book that is asking to be wrecked!
But there is more than what meets the eye! Each instruction can definitely wreck your journal, and it is up to you to turn the mess into a masterpiece. This book tells you to colour outside the lines, splatter some paint, tear and poke holes in the pages and even break the spine of the book (which is an absolute crime, otherwise).
This book helped me grow as an artist, I eventually realised that art doesn’t always have to be perfect. The quote ‘to create is to destroy’ which is written on the first page of the book, leaves you to believe that true creativity lies in finding beauty in all the imperfections.