We are living in a golden age of self-expression. The explosion of user-created content on blogs and social networking sites moved Time magazine to name "You" their 2006 person of the year. But while we may be spending a lot more time in virtual worlds, we have not lost the urge to make our physical world more meaningful. By leaving art and ideas in public places, you can affect someone's day--change their mood or their mind--and maybe even change the world in the process!
The Guerilla Art Kit shows how small artistic acts can start a revolution. Keri Smith, noted author of Living Out Loud and the blog Wish Jar Journal, uses her unique drawing and handwriting style to help anyone find and release their inner artist or activist. This visually exciting activity book--full of step-by-step exercises, cutout projects, sticker ideas, and more--has both fun assignments and handy tips to help you unleash your creative energy into the streets, where you can really make an impact. From the quick exercises--leaving books for strangers to find, chalking quotes on the sidewalk--to the more involved--making a "wish tree," guerilla gardening, or making your own stencils--The Guerilla Art Kit contains everything you need to put your message out into the world.
Keri Smith is an author/illustrator turned guerilla artist. Her books including Living Out Loud: Activities to Fuel a Creative Life and Tear up this Book! :The Sticker, Stencil, Stationery, Games, Crafts, Doodle, And Journal Book For Girls.
She is the author of the popular weblog the Wish Jar Journal which attracts over 10,000 readers daily, and writes on occasion for How Magazine. Keri spends her days putting stickers up all over North America, collecting found paper clips, and searching for the perfect cup of tea. She will continue to put out books, draw, write in journals in dark cafes, and dance on street corners for the rest of her life. Follow her adventures at kerismith.com.
The Art Shelf, The Midwest Book Review:
"A top pick for any DIY business or advertising student."
— Diane C. Donovan
"The Guerilla Art Kit shows how small artistic acts can start a revolution. Release your inner artist or activist using the step by step excersizes, cut out projects, sticker ideas and more."
Make It Yourself,
"Some people join Greenpeace and throw themselves in front of assive whaling ships.. which is a good thing, but not all of us are destined to become committed social activists. Inspired by the philosophy that great change can begin with smal steps, The Guerilla Art Kit is about inventive ways to not only take a stand on issues about which you feel passionate, but also contribute to the world creatively."
— Frances Atkinson
The Brunswick St. Bookstore:
"The Guerilla Art Kit contains everything you need to put your message out into the world. "
You say you want a revolution, Time Out Chicago:
"the perfect gift for your socially conscious, No Logo-loving friend who is too polite to throw a trash can through the window of Starbucks. Smith never turns preachy as she explains hwo to transform your environment and get other people thinking with simple tools like chalk, wheat paste, yarn and found objects."
Penescola Independent News:
"...a collection of step-by-step projects and idea-inducing tips for aspiring creatives and activists alike....Get ready to leave things way more interesting than you found them. "
Art, Fore Word:
"The most apealing feature to this new work is its whimsical apearance. The small 6 x 7.5 manual looks as if the author has just finished asembling it with a particular reader in mind.... The thrill of anonymity and adding to the environment creatively is quite appealing."
— Beth Hemke Shapiro
Guerilla Gardening, Whole Living:
"author-turned-guerilla artist Keri Smith describes a basic formula for a seed bomb that incldes two parts native seeds, three parts compost, five parts red or brown clay(find this at a ceramic supply store), and some water. Form together in a small penny-sized ball, dry for 24 to 48 hours, and drop at will. "