Nope, it's not poetry you find on the Internet and adapt for your own purposes!
The Found Poetry technique involves skimming the text on a page you are altering, and isolating certain words to form a new message. As one altered artist said, "The book becomes a partner in the art I create."
How to Use Found Poetry
- Skim your page, identifying words, phrases or sentences that you want to use to create your new message.
- Mask these words. You can mask in various ways. I use ordinary, cheap Painter's Tape, available wherever housepaint is sold. There is a down side to Painter's Tape, however. You must take care to remove it carefully or you risk tearing the paper underneath. Other products used for masking include Post-it Correction, Cover-up Tape, or even Sticky Notes. If you're using Sticky Notes, you will have to use temporary adhesive to stick down the "other" three sides.
- Coat your entire page with a color. You might use Gesso, acrylic paint, rubber stamping inks or dyes, etc. Allow to dry.
- Carefully remove your masking substance, exposing the words. Your new message is visible.
Alternate Methods for Creating Found Poetry
Method 1: Cut text out of a book and glue the words on a page to spell out your new message.
Method 2. Highlight the words or phrases with markers or paint, using translucent color. OR underline the words.
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