Prompt 12 – Hour 23

Found Poetry – 6:00 – 8:00 a.m.

Its The Final Countdown! 😀

“Found poetry is a type of poetry created by taking words, phrases, and sometimes whole passages from other sources and reframing them as poetry by making changes in spacing and lines, or by adding or deleting text, thus imparting new meaning.” How nice of the wiki to define it this way… LOL

I’ve really personally struggled with this art form and finally found some examples of styles of found poetry that appeal to me!

The most popular method of creating found poetry right now is to find words still on a page of text from a book and black out or create art over and around the words not chosen, usually flowing down or across the page in a shape in the same order as they were originally presented as if the genius of the artist was simply waiting for this page and in meeting some sort of magic happened.

Google it and click “images” and you’ll find dozens of types and styles, mostly all circled words on a page.

Here is one that one of my co-hostesses created for me in a Round Robin journal we did together.


I suck at this entirely.

And then I found photos of collage pieces, and ransom note style poetry that leapt off the page all grungy and amazing… FINALLY… something that spoke to me personally and that excited me about this art form!

So I cut up a pile of words… all from a single page of text… and I selected the ones that I liked best. I’ve worked to replace them from text in different forms or sizes and shapes and I’ve otherwise altered the ones I have here.


And now they are my flow and my words. Not entirely unlike Dr. Seuss who first wrote the Cat in the Hat using only a list of 220 vocabulary words then being challenged to write a whole book using only 50 words, and turning out one of the most favorite children’s books of all time, Green Eggs and Ham.

No, I do not compare my art to the master of the wacky rhyme, I simply point out that limiting my list is as good as it gets, because I do not see poetry in words already published on a page until the page has been deconstructed again. Creativity is in part the finding of a way to express yourself regardless of your limitations. Particularly when they are your own.

I find poetry in the flow of things around me. And in words piled on a desk. Or in text here… maybe. Come on, if you’re out there and awake and hanging around… post some words in the comments here or on the Facebook group feed and let’s see what I can make of them with the time we have left after I complete this canvas.

Here is a poem written on the bus going home night after night past the same signs and advertisements until they formed a story in my mind… sometimes it isn’t so much that we find a poem as that we see that it has found us…

*hint: think beat poetry and read aloud*

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I’ll take pictures for you of the piece of artwork I’m creating now as a close to this fantastic experience with everyone… please, if you’re not interested in finding poetry on a page the way that so many people are so beautifully capable, think in your mind of a poem that you could say you “found” inside yourself or from your life, or that found you from someone else’s experience… illustrate your poetry and tell the story of how you “found” it. Post it.

This piece of art will be one of the prizes offered up today, and it is a little different… because you can’t win it, you can only trade for it. You must trade it for the one YOU create.


NOTE: When wingeing to my co-hostesses that I was afraid I’d bomb this thing I got some exceptional advice that I would like to share. As a student in school Rhonda did a found poetry piece that was so good that her teacher featured it on the first page of the class poetry book. Her exact words, “Grab something and read it. Write down the most interesting words. Put them on individual small pieces of paper. Like tiny rectangles. Mix those up in something and drop some on the floor. Compose those into a sentence and continue until you are happy with the results. You will need to add a few connecting words. I prefer to keep those to a minimum, but use as needed.”

Beauty. I’ve asked her to share her poem in the feed below when she’s able to log in today.

Prompt 11 – Hour 21

Something using yarn. 4:00 – 6:00 a.m.

Now we’re burning the midnight oil!

We are tasked in the wee hours with this great and fun challenge.

Make something from yarn. I’ll have been doing THAT for the past 20 hours, give or take. In one way or another. I’ve been sort of yarn addicted of late, so yarn is making its way into journal pages, jewelry, fashion accessories… kind of a little bit of everything.


Scarves, Sugar Skull Lolita Hair Comb, Star Purse, Serenity Garden Yarns, Quickie Arm Knitting Yarn and Sassy Cloth Yarn

I like to learn something new every day, I didn’t know I’d be learning something new at o’dark:30 in the morning and documenting it for you all… maybe this can be fun without the stress.

This is roving weight yarn made specifically for arm knitting by Lion brand yarns and the other two fabric yarns I’m using.

Fruity Quickie       Red Heart Sassy Fabric Newsprint       Red Heart Sassy Teal Panther

Here is the tutorial by Maggie Weldon that I used for my materials and will use for the pattern and the tutorial by Chandi of Expression Fiber Arts that I am actually following for my method, particularly on the cloth scarves I’ll be wearing to work since she is working with sari silk which also does not stretch.

I have not done any arm knitting yet… I have wanted to do some for about 4 weeks. I am going to document my journey and I’m secretly hoping that Alex (my insomniac son) is awake tonight just so that he can take pictures for you. I want to do a 5 minute time lapse for you from start to finish. Of both projects. And this is going to be harder if I have to try to stop, take a picture, upload it and then move on. MUCH easier if my cameraman does it for me!

The first project; a fluffy cowl that can be worn stretched over the shoulders and covering the chest and back or that can be pulled up to protect the head as well as neck and shoulders. Something soft and yummy for my most beloved Stephanie who loves “tu-prises”, particularly when they manage to come off as actual surprises! (are you surprised?)

The second project is the same as the first only not… NOT fluffy yarn… NOT stretchy and warm… made from cloth strips is for me, for wearing to work. Because I’m a big girl and finding pretty things long enough, or just wide or narrow enough, or in the right weights is sometimes more of a challenge than it is worth, and so sometimes we just have to make it for ourselves.

Pictures are incoming… watch the Facebook or Twitter feeds. You might just like what you see.

If there is time I will make the second work scarf by this method, since I bought two different patterns of the cloth yarn. I will also post the ingredients and “pattern” in the Facebook feed for those of you who adore the colors and prints as much as I did. Alex will also get a fashion shot or two for you if he is still awake, or I’ll do it myself and post them as selfies!

Prompt 7 – Hour 13

Create Encaustic Art – 8 – 10:00 p.m.

Things are starting to get a little crazy around here.

Encaustic art is, at the simplest level, painting with wax. Or layering and painting with wax. As with any other art form it is open to interpretation and it is open to experimentation, so the answer to what is encaustic, as far as I’m concerned is art made by painting with wax. Particularly melted wax since, well, painting is hard with solids… I believe in fact that painting with solids is called drawing. 😛

Encaustic paints range in price from about $3.50 a stick bought in sets of 5 or more all the way to $30.00 per set of 2 in tiny blocks of highly pigmented beeswax. Irons, melting pots, special brushes and tools… the whole thing is something that incredibly appeals to me and has been sitting on a back burner for 3 years because, well, frankly, I live with other people, I have a full time job and a full time life and so, well… yeah. By the time I would get it all out and get it all going it would be time to clean it up, so I know me well enough to know I’d never do it. Or I’d do it too rarely to really love it and get good at it. So… what the heck do I do with this? I don’t even have the beeswax chips. And I really really want to do this thing!

So, color… I’m a nut and I love crayons, so $1.75 for a box of crayons… check

I have at least one or two more partially used boxes of crayons just in case I become a little obsessive, which can happen, and in the worst case scenario I will have to buy myself some new crayons, somehow this is not a hardship, so… check

I can draw and I’m not afraid of drippy crayon wax on me, my desk or anything else I might accidentally get it on… check

I have a heat gun, it WILL melt Crayola and many other things and it blows so I might be able to make some fun effects… check


I’ve got this covered. I might not have clear crayons and I bet I can find something that will work and I know I can buff the images when they’re done so that they shine like glass. IF I want them to, that is.

Keep checking back… I’m going to post to the Facebook and Twitter feeds between 8 and 10:00 p.m. this evening as I learn how this thing works, because I’ve never even tried it before today! (well, I HAVE used a heat gun to heat a wax image into a piece of paper, and loved the resist it created… and that was different than this because I did my painting on top of the wax, not under it or with it.)

If you’re not up for painting with wax, here are a couple of other ideas so that we’re at least on the same track, even if we’re going in separate directions…

Try coloring with a white crayon or birthday candle on a piece of paper and then dripping watercolor on it to reveal your artwork.

Have you ever made scratch art? You color an entire piece of paper with crayons in different shapes until the whole page is covered with different colors and then scribble over it with a black crayon or, even better, paint over it with some black acrylic paint. Once it is dry, scratch into it gently with a toothpick or other scratchy tool and watch how your art becomes a rainbow of revealed color in a field of black.

Now we’re cookin’ with gas. I’ve never even done this thing and I’m gonna do it while you witness me, success or failure. 😛

I’m so excited…

and I just can’t hide it… and I know… I know… I know… I know that I want you to come and play with us!

Ok… I’m only partly sorry for planting that song seed in your brain.

So I’ve been getting myself ready because I really AM that excited, and I wanted to share a little bit of how my brain works.

I have found with time that having a plan helps. Sometimes this means I only need a week with a single focus. And sometimes it means I need more than just a little box on a bigger page, and so a day will have TONS of information, as with the Art-a-thon which needs much more than one little box.

sometimes a day needs a whole page

sometimes a day needs a whole page

Sometimes ideas occur in the 10+ hours I’m not at home every day, and at those times I write on whatever I can find. I’m sure my co-workers think I’m nuts, and they might be right. I have 11×11 post it notes, and all manner of other papers around me all the time, I’m a receptionist, paper is kind of how I get my job done.

because 10 hours away from home looks like this on paper

because 10 hours away from home looks like this on paper

Working from the plan I start to compile the “ingredients” I need for certain projects, whether this means making them or buying them or just sorting them out of the wall of bins I have in my studio.

As I get items I need for particular projects I will put them together. Last summer I bought a bunch of baskets and now use them to organize my brain. Quite literally.

seuss cards, star purses, cabochons, 50 year old pearls, glass beads, pretty backgrounds… even a canvas and ALL of the paper plans and ideas. ALL IN THERE.

seuss cards, star purses, cabochons, 50 year old pearls, glass beads, pretty backgrounds… even a canvas and ALL of the paper plans and ideas. ALL IN THERE.

And because I really am SO excited… here are some little sneak peeks at what I’ll be working on during our time together on Saturday, March 21st…

sneak peek 1

sneak peek 1

sneak peek 2

sneak peek 2

sneak peek 3

sneak peek 3

And in the mail this weekend, some invitations. I’ve made a couple of different batches of cards and postcards from my old artwork over the past few years. I used up the original batch sending out invitations to some friends because I want them to come and play with us. I just used sharpie markers on the already printed cards. Homespun and still kind of cool looking, I think.

invites a'la my own postcards

invites a’la my own postcards

I can’t wait to see you there!

How does YOUR brain work? What projects do you want to work on with us? How are you organizing yourself to maximize your time? Do you organize yourself at all? Not everyone does. I’m jealous.