Welcome to another Monday Art/Journaling Prompt. Mondays tend to sneak up on me, so often I find I am not quite prepared for them. Perhaps that is why so many people dislike Mondays?
After a great Journal Class on the weekend, one of the exercises we did included creating your own poem and adding it into your journal. And despite some groaning about it, everyone created fabulous poems, and decided it was fun after all. 🙂 There are numerous ways of doing this, but all are an effective way to add something meaningful to a journal page.
Here are just a few ideas to help you get started.
- Write a haiku. I know these seem difficult, but once you get started you will be surprised at how easy it is. A haiku is 3 lines – first line is 5 syllables, second line is 7 syllables, third line is 5 syllables. It is amazing how much you can say with just these 3 lines.
- Cut interesting words and phrases out of magazines or books and create a poem. This can be quite insightful as well.
- Grab a book off a shelf and turn to a random page and take every 5th word and write it down and use only those words to create a poem. Very fun!
- You can simply write your own poem. I know you can do it!
- Or you can add some lines from a favorite poem that somebody else has written.
Here are a few of my pieces with some poetry added. Although you can’t see the words very well (I used very tiny words apparently) you can see the overall effect. These pages are not finished by any means, but they are well on their way now.
If you already have some painted or collaged background pages, this is a great way to add another layer of meaning and interest. How can you add some bits of poetry to your work? What kind of meaning do you find in these words?