by Lisa Topiol
So, you've got time on your side and you don't know what to do. I know that on those days I've spent lots of hours in front of the tv or the computer, and usually I feel pretty guilty for wasting away my time. A friend recently introduced me to this cool little book that turned my boring days into awesome moments of creativity. Do yourself a favor and go pick up a copy of Wreck This Journal today! I promise, you won't regret it. For less than 10 bucks you'll find yourself doing the most interesting things! Some of the activities found in this journal include pouring and drawing with coffee, covering a page in numbers, dropping the journal from a tall building, and finger-painting! You can make this journal as pretty or as disgusting as you please, but the point is to wreck it! Bring back those fun days of childhood as an adult with this creative journal that will keep your creative juices flowing!Where to Buy - Barnes & NoblePrice - $9.32Who Found It - Ltopiol was the first to add the 'Wreck This Journal' to the Hive.
Gazing at a piece of art can sometimes take you straight from the gallery into the frame. The postcard-like etchings of Evan Hecox are just those types of pieces, as many of his series' evolved from his travels to places like Tokyo, Mexico and Berlin. Using 2 to 5 tones, Hecok creates dramatic reproductions of his travel photo albums that tell Hunter S. Thompson-like stories; silhouetted and obscured, yet very emotionally descriptive. The skylines, vendor cabanas and other mundane yet illustratively defining images of the culture and cities of Hecok's visits are transformed from everyday images to captivating masterpieces by his unusual styling techniques. Newspaper print and Chinese character script are used in place of traditional smudging and hatching tactics to create shading, figures without so-much more than an outline beside ones that have been articulately detailed and selectively colored objects highlighted among the chaotically-depicted, sedated urban settings. The etch-a-sketch looking silk-screened prints are produced on renewable green energy and carbon-free paper so that Hecok's artistic expressions are sure to also make environmentally sound statements. Turn your home into an art gallery of graphically alurring travel souvenirs with Evan Hecok's prints! Get a feel for Hecok's work in this slideshow!