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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 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, cut-out 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.


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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 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, cut-out 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.

30 review for The Guerilla Art Kit: Everything You Need to Put Your Message Out into the World

  1. 4 out of 5

    Shelli

    Standing up remarkably well after ten years, I only wish The Guerilla Art Kit was a little longer and meatier. In this day and age, when speaking up and speaking out is more important than ever, I think this book is ripe for a thick new edition! Standing up remarkably well after ten years, I only wish The Guerilla Art Kit was a little longer and meatier. In this day and age, when speaking up and speaking out is more important than ever, I think this book is ripe for a thick new edition!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    The best part of the book is the beginning section with how-to recipes on making guerilla art supplies (wheat paste, homemade stickers, seed balls, stencils for fabric applications, etc.). The exercises are a good start to getting the creative juices flowing.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    Aw, that's neat. Kind of funny to have a book to tell you how to be creative, but it's full of neat ideas. My fave is the paper dice you cut out with arrows pointing in all different directions, and you take a walk rolling the die each time you get to a corner and go the way it points. I'll have to try it some time... Aw, that's neat. Kind of funny to have a book to tell you how to be creative, but it's full of neat ideas. My fave is the paper dice you cut out with arrows pointing in all different directions, and you take a walk rolling the die each time you get to a corner and go the way it points. I'll have to try it some time...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tristy

    Keri Smith always has a delightful approach to creativity and community art. There are some sweet ideas in here and as always, the design and layout of her books are wonderful.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    Mostly legal ideas for fun guerilla art

  6. 5 out of 5

    Trisha White

    LOVED it! apparently i've been experimenting with guerilla art without knowing it had a name. like, i leave books around and even did a #bookhunters thing while i was in detroit. then i did a thing called #keysintrees where i make a small hanging string art thing with a key on the end and a cute saying like "the key to happiness isn't getting what you want, it's wanting what you have." this little book gave me some new ideas like hidden fortunes and a wish tree. FUN! LOVED it! apparently i've been experimenting with guerilla art without knowing it had a name. like, i leave books around and even did a #bookhunters thing while i was in detroit. then i did a thing called #keysintrees where i make a small hanging string art thing with a key on the end and a cute saying like "the key to happiness isn't getting what you want, it's wanting what you have." this little book gave me some new ideas like hidden fortunes and a wish tree. FUN!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sayraphim Lothian

    I really loved this book. It influenced my creative practice and my ideas about Guerilla Kindness, which lead me to create and write my book, Guerrilla Kindness and other acts of Creative Resistance. Thank you SO much Kerri, your books, creativity and whimsy are an amazing gift to us all!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Three words: fun for change

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sara Rogers

    Great beginner idea book! I love it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    This book would be awesome if I weren't old and curmudgeonly. Still, the Moss Graffitti sounds awesome: Bascially blend moss with buttermilk and paint it on a damp and cool wall. Moss will then grow. Also I like 'The Unexpected Object' though sounds a lot like geocaching without GPS. AND I like 'Miniature Environments' which is where you made a little diorama in a surprise place. Ok, nevermind. I really like this book. But I don't know if I could get away with some of the bolder projects. Or, if I This book would be awesome if I weren't old and curmudgeonly. Still, the Moss Graffitti sounds awesome: Bascially blend moss with buttermilk and paint it on a damp and cool wall. Moss will then grow. Also I like 'The Unexpected Object' though sounds a lot like geocaching without GPS. AND I like 'Miniature Environments' which is where you made a little diorama in a surprise place. Ok, nevermind. I really like this book. But I don't know if I could get away with some of the bolder projects. Or, if I would want to get away with some of them. Your trash collector is a person too.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shilpa

    Should art only be accessible to the select few who can afford it? Should creative expression be hidden away in an art gallery? Creativity inspires us. Art evokes emotion and makes us #ThinkBlink. It engages us to challenge the status quo. So, why should art be relegated to just a gallery? Keri Smith’s book The Guerilla Art Kit, gives you some insight into what you need to know before putting your message out into the world. Full review: http://thinkblink.ca/blog/?p=858 @ShilpaRaikar @SukasaReads Should art only be accessible to the select few who can afford it? Should creative expression be hidden away in an art gallery? Creativity inspires us. Art evokes emotion and makes us #ThinkBlink. It engages us to challenge the status quo. So, why should art be relegated to just a gallery? Keri Smith’s book The Guerilla Art Kit, gives you some insight into what you need to know before putting your message out into the world. Full review: http://thinkblink.ca/blog/?p=858 @ShilpaRaikar @SukasaReads

  12. 4 out of 5

    Angelica Grace

    creative and innovative ideas and concepts are found right here in this book! there's never a dull moment in reading, and scanning through this book :) I recommend this to who wants to try creating guerilla art, to the rebel free-spirited artist who wants to make a change in his/her neighborhood, town, city, and to the world! :D It may be a little pricey but hey, it's worth every peso :) creative and innovative ideas and concepts are found right here in this book! there's never a dull moment in reading, and scanning through this book :) I recommend this to who wants to try creating guerilla art, to the rebel free-spirited artist who wants to make a change in his/her neighborhood, town, city, and to the world! :D It may be a little pricey but hey, it's worth every peso :)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Suj

    1) As expected, I don't like it so far. Seems the older I get the more cynical I become towards new concepts. I will continue to read because I usually end up liking the new activities (foreshadowing my own future?). 1) As expected, I don't like it so far. Seems the older I get the more cynical I become towards new concepts. I will continue to read because I usually end up liking the new activities (foreshadowing my own future?).

  14. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    Humorous(at least I found it humorous) and interesting how to be a guerilla artist, making art in public places, art including graffiti, signage, performance, and decoration). "Public Art says, the human spirit is alive here." Humorous(at least I found it humorous) and interesting how to be a guerilla artist, making art in public places, art including graffiti, signage, performance, and decoration). "Public Art says, the human spirit is alive here."

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kenar

    This book really doesn't have a plot at all. Its just mainly this book of these random activites that you can do to express your ideas in public. I thought it was pretty cool, and i planned on doing some with a few of my friends. Hopefully they turn out well! This book really doesn't have a plot at all. Its just mainly this book of these random activites that you can do to express your ideas in public. I thought it was pretty cool, and i planned on doing some with a few of my friends. Hopefully they turn out well!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    The author just took a lot of other people's ideas and compiled them in a "things to do" book. Maybe this would seem original to kids/young teens and I'm showing myself to be too elderly and jaded to appreciate what is in fact a pretty cute little book? The author just took a lot of other people's ideas and compiled them in a "things to do" book. Maybe this would seem original to kids/young teens and I'm showing myself to be too elderly and jaded to appreciate what is in fact a pretty cute little book?

  17. 5 out of 5

    brown_bear

    Easy-to-follow instructions on common guerrilla art methods (eg- stickers, wheat paste, stencils, seed bombs, etc). I would have liked to have seen more examples and historical context. FYI it had a very Pinterest do-good feel (not very guerrilla lol).

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shawn

    templates for moustaches to post on billboards! instructions on how to make wheatpaste! trouble in a book!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Brandi Rose

    Hey, if anyone wants to commit acts of guerrilla art with me, lemme know!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Laura G

    Inspiring in some ways. In others, seems confining- but after all, it calls itself a "kit" - so what's to be expected? Inspiring in some ways. In others, seems confining- but after all, it calls itself a "kit" - so what's to be expected?

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bs385

    This book inspired and taught me. Adorable illustration for a good cause, and something I love: Guerilla Art

  22. 4 out of 5

    Barrett

    courtesy of Chris for my birthday... lovely, fun and inspiring. now to get out there and do some of the projects...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amie

    Great Ideas...You just may have to be careful with whom you share them.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sabra

    Not only is this book filled with wonderful ideas and techniques, it also sparks new ideas in the reader.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Megan Jackson

    LOVE IT!! All rebels activists and artists Need to read this!

  26. 5 out of 5

    epstuk

    I was inspired. Interesting, doable ideas coupled with basic how-to's for the fledgling guerilla artist. I was inspired. Interesting, doable ideas coupled with basic how-to's for the fledgling guerilla artist.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Inspiring.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jocelyn

    Inspiring. A book I'll return to regularly for creative inspiration, and ideas for looking at my world in a new light. Inspiring. A book I'll return to regularly for creative inspiration, and ideas for looking at my world in a new light.

  29. 4 out of 5

    NayDoubleU

    not what i expected. wish it was bigger. a lot of cool ideas. seems like a fun idea for a bored day.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kate Green

    Keri Smith can do no wrong. All hail Keri.

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