Have you seen any altered art 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 recently tried this with copies of Harry Potter book pages and tried my hand at some Harry Potter book page art. Here’s one of my “masterpieces” that I was able to create.
Harry Potter Blackout Poetry
For some inspiration, here are some really amazing blackout poetry examples.
Harry Potter Book Page Art
These pages don’t use any of the blackout poetry, they just use images for their art.
Altered Art Books
Check out these amazing examples of using the whole book to create altered art.
How-To Make Your Own Altered Art Poetry
So, if you are interested in trying this on your own, here are 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. 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!
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Becki is the author and founder of A Book Lover’s Adventures. She has a degree in elementary education, has worked and volunteered in libraries for years, and spent several years in the travel industry. All of this has led to a love of books and travel. Becki loves to share her love by finding literary escapes to share!