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Blackout Poetry (USA)

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Blackout Poetry (USA)
Swap Coordinator:krumbling (contact)
Swap categories: Handmade  Letters & Writing  Paper Crafts 
Number of people in swap:17
Location:Regional - USA
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Rating requirement:4.88 (unrated swappers allowed)
Last day to signup/drop:February 26, 2019
Date items must be sent by:March 5, 2019
Number of swap partners:1
Description:

I stumbled across blackout poetry in a swap here a long time ago, and I am surprised that there are no blackout poetry swaps currently running! This activity is fun, creative, and pretty gosh-darn cheap. All you need is a piece of text (book, newspaper, magazine article, etc.), a permanent marker (or other art supplies if you want to get creative), and your brain!

For this swap, you will create a one-page blackout poem and send it to your partner. Feel free to create an entire image out of the page if you want to be extra artsy, but all that is required is simply to black out a majority of the words on the page you chose, and leave a few that create a poem.

The steps to blackout poetry can be found here: https://www.powerpoetry.org/actions/5-tips-creating-blackout-poetry but I will also list instructions below.

Step 1: Find one page of text from a book or newspaper

Step 2: Skim the page for any "anchor" words--words that jump out at you or strike you as particularly deep or meaningful

Step 3: Circle any words you think you'd like to use to construct your poem

Step 4: Black out or otherwise draw over all of the other words on the page, so that all that is visible is your poem

This swap will be available to swappers with a 4.5 rating and up, as well as newbies and unrated swappers. This is a pretty simple craft which costs relatively nothing to make, so I'm confident that a variety of swappers will be able to participate. The turnaround is one week, so be mindful!

Feel free to contact me with any issues or questions. I will angel if necessary but I shouldn't have to! Let's have fun, folks!

Discussion

Bananers 02/20/2019 #

Is there a minimum size for this? For instance, if somebody wanted to make an ATC with a portion of the page that had the blackout poetry on it, would that be acceptable? Or, does it have to be a full book page sheet?

neva 02/20/2019 #

This should be a type 3 swap as it requires artistic effort.

krumbling 02/21/2019 #

Bananers, there is no size restriction because book pages and magazines can come in a variety of sizes. It is a fun challenge to use the whole sheet, but if you want to only use part you are more than welcome! Everyone should be prepared to receive any size poem.

krumbling 02/21/2019 #

Neva, you're correct in pointing that out, thank you! The type has been changed.

MyRetroSoul 02/24/2019 #

Is it ok to add rub one or paint to the page?

MyRetroSoul 02/24/2019 #

Rub on’s*

krumbling 02/24/2019 #

MyRetroSoul, great question! Both are okay; if you're using paint, just make sure it's dry before you send. If you're using rub ons, just make sure that a majority of the words in the poem still come from the words on the page, and that the remainder of the words you're not using are still mostly not visible.

MyRetroSoul 02/25/2019 #

Great! Thank you!

StarRain 02/27/2019 #

I'd like to be booted from this swap if you don't mind?

StarRain 03/ 1/2019 #

Neva is Neva getting hers. Just a heads up. I don't have enough postage for this.

neva 03/ 3/2019 #

Everyone proceed. All will be well. Hang in there you guys and create!

snager 03/ 3/2019 #

thank god my parents are hoarders. we got so many worthless retro books with wierd type faces. but i've never really done blackout poetry before. maybe once. and the examples on pintrest have art work involved. so you know i'm gonna try not to be too extra

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