Austin Kleon is a writer, cartoonist and designer who is probably best known for creating poetry by blacking-out pages from a newspaper leaving behind only the words which form a poem.
If I've made that sound entirely confusing then his short video should explain it far more succinctly!
All clear now? Good! The book of Austin's blackout poetry has recently been released which you can read more about here.
Wewere intrigued by its [deceptive] simplicity which creates striking contrasts and a vivid focus on words and meaning and we thought that it'd be fun to try it ourselves!
Julie's Blackout Poetry: [you can click on the photos for a closer look]
Kirsty's Blackout Poetry:
(In which I use a magazine page, rather than newspapers and, too late, realise the two columns may cause confusion.) [click on the photo for a closer look]
Why not give it a go? All you need is a page from a newspaper, a pencil and a black marker pen. it doesn't even mater what the topic of the newpaper page is ... I did my first experiments on a bra advertisement!
Go on ... grab a pen and uncover some poetry ...now! Then come back and share your discoveries with us all here.