ATCitupwithfriends: September 2018 – Found Poetry – Due September 30th

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ATC Monthly Trade Events hosted by Pabkins.


DUE To Host by:  September 30, 2018 (due in my hands by this date!)

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September’s THEME:


Have you ever written a poem? Found a poem? Well this month you must create a bit of poetry from found words. The card of course must still be an original handdrawn illustration by you. The poem/line doesn’t need to follow any specific rules of poetry. It could be a sentence, a mix of words and phrases and no it doesn’t have to rhyme! Just as long as it it pieced together and not an entire sentence you cut just from one line of a page. Now that wouldn’t be fair would it? Having a hard time thinking how to approach this? You could perhaps create your card and then go on the hunt in an old book (that you don’t mind butchering to pieces) or magazines and clip out the words to glue onto the card. OMG did Pabkins say GLUE!? Yes I did. This month it is ok to glue LOL – but you are only gluing on the words you’ve found. You must still create the artwork yourself by hand. Might I suggest taking the old book or magazine (I really suggest a book written by an author who’s writing style you like and uses words that call out to you) then go through it and tear out a large handful of pages. Then cut out a lot of different words and phrases and lay them all out. Then start to compose your little poem/line.

Or you can take a page from a book, chop it down to ATC size and pick your words from it, make them POP and illustrate directly onto that bit of text filled paper.  I’m sure there are other approaches you could take. Get creative and if you need help or inspiration take a look at the pinterest board. Remember the artwork must still be of a person/place/thing – meaning it must be a drawing, not just a splattering of color/scribbles/zentangle/mandala on a background with words glued on top.

I am sure your question is, “does it have to have a specific theme?” No it does not – creating the found poetry to go with your illustration or your illustration to go with your found poetry IS the theme. This is just like any other month except basically the direction of your illustration’s theme/poem is determined by you. Because really combining illustrative art with poetry – That in itself is a huge challenge. But I know all of you are up for it!

A big thank you to Kosmicgirl  aka Anna Ungeheuer for this wonderful theme


Remember while I will swap Fan art in the group it will NEVER be included in the annual ATCitupwithfriends Art Book due to legal copyright reasons. Plus this group is meant to encourage the creation of your own original art. Thank you for understanding. Plus fan art is difficult for me to swap around, so please try to avoid it and create your own characters.

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These monthly themes are intended as a CHALLENGE as well as a way to trade fabulous original art and bond our little art community. Please rise to the challenge and treat your fellow artists with respect by putting in your best efforts. If you are unwilling to put forth true effort then please do not apply to join!