Today, I'm sharing my first attempt at book page poetry. I love using book paper in my art journals. I usually collage them into backgrounds like this.
I also use them with my Gelli Plate, as you may have noticed in last week's post.
I wanted to do something different with book pages so I tried book page poetry. The art of making poetry by using only the words you find on a page from a book. I've been using Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms.
First, I created an abstract background.
I started with Dina Wakley Mixed Media Heavy Body Paints. I applied Blackberry Violet, Sky an Turquoise and Ruby with a palette knife.
Then I stamped all over the page with the Tim Holtz Mixed Media stamp set. Just because.
Then I added some scribbles a la Jane Davies.
Then I added my words. It was fun but not easy to make something that made sense. I cut phrases and words that spoke to me and then tried to put them together in a way that felt right to me.
As always, my perfectionist self wanted to find the perfect words. I'm not sure I did but I'm pushing back against the expectation of perfection on the first try. After all, this is an experiment. Trying something new is usually uncomfortable. The more often we try new things, the more comfortable we become with that uncomfortable feeling, right?
So, have you tried book page poetry? Do you have any tips, tricks or ideas to share? Do you have a favorite book page poet? If yes, please leave a note in the comments. I'm looking for ideas and inspiration and would appreciate your help.
Thanks for stopping by today!