Have you seen altered art poetry yet?! It’s also called blackout poetry or blackout art or book page art. I am crazy about it! There are some incredibly talented folks out there making gorgeous pictures. I am definitely NOT one of them, but (and this is the really cool thing) mine still look kinda cool.
I just happened to do mine on Harry Potter pages, but you can obviously do it on any page of any book. I’ve even seen them on dictionary pages! And, it all looks really amazing!!
Here’s another I tried with some color. It seems to me that it is a little harder to read the words when they aren’t outlined in a darker color. But, that’s just my preference.
How-To Make Your Own Altered Art Poetry
So, if you are interested in trying this on your own, here’s a few tips:
- Before you go ripping up your books, copy the pages and work on the copies. Copy paper absorbs the ink a little differently than book paper, so for me, it seemed to work better.
- Use fine or even ultra-fine tip markers. Here are the ones I used on these pictures. I have seen them done in watercolors, colored pencils, even crayons. But, for me, the fine tipped images really seem to pop.
- There seem to be two camps as to the “how-to”. One side says draw your image first and choose words that are left. The other side chooses the words first and creates the design or image around that. Doesn’t seem to me that either side is right or wrong, just two different approaches for you to try!
- Check out Pinterest and see what others are doing. Here’s my Pinterest board to check out.
- Play around and try different styles, colors, words. See what you like. And, most importantly ~ HAVE FUN!
Remember, there are no right or wrong rules when you create! Enjoy the process and let yourself be creative!
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