Yesterday was my 51st birthday, and I had a fun dinner with a couple of friends because DH is out of town for work.  Today I may go to the art supply store to buy myself a few supplies I need and something I don’t as a gift to myself!  I have been working on some unfinished pieces that I added some collage to using paper I had gelli-printed, but are still not “finished.”  Despite adding some more paint to them, they still don’t feel “finished” so I will keep working with them.  One piece I did finish is my first “found poetry,” which I have been thinking about trying for a few months.

“Found poetry” uses a published text as a base, and from there you select words from the text and circle them, making a poem out of the words available to you.  One thing I have already learned is that I am ambivalent about using fiction for this, because the author has chosen words carefully and it is hard to make a poem that does not end up as a summary of the text that’s there.  If the page is about a sunny day at the beach, it’s hard to make it have a different topic or to find unexpected imagery.  I will try a few different types of text though and see if I can find something that works better with MY creativity so I don’t feel as imprisoned by the text but can instead find something surprising in it.

IMG_0417After choosing the words by circling with pencil, I used unbleached titanium paint, which was similar to the color of paper from my source (an old book) and painted out the words that were NOT in the poem.  I used gel medium to adhere the book page to a A4 size gelatin mono-print page in my supply of studio paper.  I then experimented with adding some color to make the words stand out more and make the book page united with the patterned page.  I am happy with how that turned out.  Finally I used a couple of cards for mixed media art (Tim Holtz collection of “old” looking new things) to make a title.

I have found myself using blues and oranges a lot lately, and am still liking that combination.

I took the book from the bookshelf of my parents’ home (now my house–I bought the house and contents from my father).  The book is called “The Rise of Roscoe Paine” and I now feel guilty about using it in my art after reading on Amazon that “this scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world’s literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original.”  “

Well, at least the reproduction is available if I ever decide I need the book as a whole piece of literature again…

This piece will probably end up in an art journal, though maybe I will frame and hang it temporarily.  Hmm….Maybe I could rotate a variety of found poetry in a frame in my living room.  If I consistently used an A4 size, and it was fairly easy to change, that might be an interesting way to display it.  Maybe a notebook with page protectors for the poems not currently on display?

Perhaps since I have only made ONE, I am getting ahead of myself…


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