I have always had a soft spot for poetry. It can be soul touching for me in a way that other writing isn’t. But apart from some angst ridden dribble written when I was a wee slip of a teenager I have always felt too intimidated to write poetry. I have wanted to explore it a little. I thought about it more seriously still and bought a book, but I was always a little afraid.
And then I began doing the found poetry that I shared last Friday. I love it. It is so much fun and not intimidating at all. Thankfully I found dreadful books that have great words in them. I tried reading the books before I began hacking them up and they seem to be custom made for cutting up.
I have nearly finished the first board book. I will continue throughout August using Tammy’s prompts for my background starts. I am just loving the exploration. Seeing the difference my mood has on the words I find as well. One day I swore there were no words left I could choose, the next day I found potential everywhere. Here are my latest offerings.
Daily Paper Prompt #3: Fire
Drips, I love how they branched out at the top when I sprayed the water on, so I left it alone. :)
You may notice that this has become my header everywhere, here on my blog, on my personal Facebook page, on my Facebook art page…I love the flowers. And I am always partial for some splatter. It is my version of glitter. :D
Daily Paper Prompt #5: Heard
I wasn’t in love with this. I used my Pentel Color Brush to create a continuous line and my original plane was to spray the page and do a wet wash with some india ink colours. However the pen is not permanent, and so I mopped up the water quickly before I had no line left and just a black page. I decided to try a couple of circles and then decided to cover the page. Found the poem and there it was…
While I was doing the next page, and looking at this photo above, I suddenly say the red circle.
I like it much better now.
Daily Paper Prompt #6: Quiet
It was written with my Neocolors, so I added some gesso for the first layer. With some more acrylics and even some embossed butterflies I was happy with it. The circles at the bottom are stamped with gold iridescent paint which contrasts nicely on the page.
I have been using airbrush acrylics for the drips, and I love that stuff. Like ink almost. Stunningness and vibrant and makes wonderful drips.
Daily Paper Prompt #7: Meaningless
The background was started with the left over paint from my denim journal page (which is coming up :)) I just kept the book out and wiped my brush on the page when I was changing colour, or if I had too much paint on my brush. Then I started to see some shapes so I began filling them in. Afterwards I added a light gesso wash over the whole page to fade it back a bit and unify it somewhat.
I am so inspired by this introduction to poetry, I have even taken some steps to explore it a bit further, and I am adding a poetry category to the blog! It still feels very vulnerable, and while I will be completely up for critique when I begin sharing. I accept you need constructive critiques to get better, I would ask for very gentle critiques, because even the idea of sharing any poetry that I actually write has made my heart beat faster and a glow appear on my brow!
And this is where she is now. I love this journal, and I love doing portraits with my non-dominant hand. Both the other portraits in this journal coincidentally were done with my non-dominant hand as well, so I have decided to fill the book with non-dominant hand portraits. :)
And that is me, now off to fold a pile of laundry (sexy exciting I know), because the laundry fairy got lost on her way to my house, or someone else captured her and has her bound somewhere doing their laundry.