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Windy Waltzing Leaf: Using Bold Letters to Create 3-Word Poems
Hi, lovely Messians! It’s Divyam here and I’m totally excited to share with you this tutorial for the Season of Ubuntu. This season feels like a great moment to include some poetry because it expresses so well the themes of humanity, community, and shared human experience.
As we are working in tiny journals, I thought it might be fun to write tiny poems! There is a form of poetry called the Anchored Terset that is composed of three words and an optional punctuation mark. This is the smallest poem I have ever heard of and feels like the perfect size for our tiny journals.
It might seem a little challenging at first to write a poem with only three words. But think of how powerful a newspaper headline can be, grabbing our attention and encapsulating a whole story with so few words: “Dentist discovers diamond!”
Haikus, while having more than three words, can encapsulate a season or a nature scene with very few syllables. Perhaps your 3-word poem could paint such a picture of the natural world: “Squirrel snatches lunch.” There are no rules. It doesn’t even have to make sense. It could be three words you enjoy that you have thrown together: “Delicious shoe parade.”
Often, when I create an art journaling spread, the writing is something that is added afterwards. For this page, I wanted the words to lead the way and be an integral part of the page. What better way to express this than with letters that take up lots of room? Making cool letterforms can be very simple especially if you base them on your own block capital and lowercase writing.
Lets get started! You can use whichever materials you prefer. Here is a list of the ones I am using in the video.
- Compose your 3-word poem.
- Optional: glue down a background paper with Pritt stick. If needed, cover with white gesso so that it’s still visible but not too distracting.
- Lay your lettering out in pencil, making sure to leave plenty of room for all the letters! Outline the letters in pen and fill them in with black ink.
- Draw any additional elements onto the page that illustrate your poem – in my case, I added the leaf, the tree, the house, and the gust of wind. Erase any pencil lines not covered with ink.
- Outline the letters with colour. Use these same colours to colour in some of your drawings and to make simple marks so that all the elements work together.
For inspiration, here are a couple of 3-word poems I made using similar principles but with different lettering and different materials.
- Compose a 3-word poem and let it be the central feature of your page.
- Create lettering based on your own writing and allow the words take up lots of room!
- If you like, you can write a series of poems that work together, each page containing three words.
I hope you have fun creating your 3-word poems. Please tag me when you post your pages. I can’t wait to see what you create!
Divyam is a writer and cartoonist living in London. Her favourite part of of art journaling is that no matter what is going on, whatever mood she is in, she always feels so much better after doodling and throwing some paint around.