Bill Waters ~~ Haiku

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Scalp warning

And now for something completely different: blackout poetry!  :- D

Please check out “Scalp Warning” at Bill Waters ~~ NOT Haiku.

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5 thoughts on “Scalp warning

  1. I like it, Bill. Very cool! :)

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  2. Can you describe how you make a “mask” and use it? I don’t quite get that. Looks like you had a lot of fun with this. 😊

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    • Sure, Mary! This blackout poem doesn’t flow in order from top to bottom, as is customary, so I knew I’d need arrows to direct the reader — and some non-textual space to do it, too, since arrows over text (blacked-out or un-blacked-out) would almost certainly have been impossible to follow.

      I decided, therefore, to use a mask to cover the extraneous words and to give me clear space to draw in. I could’ve used any kind of paper, but I decided to use an illustration I found a few pages on.

      So here’s how I made the mask:

      After composing the poem, I photocopied the page of text as is. Next I used a straight edge and an X-acto knife to cut out all the words of the poem from the photocopy, which left me with a template for the mask. All that remained, then, was to put the template on top of the illustration, hold them up to the light together to determine the best place for the “word windows”, place them on the cutting board, and cut the spaces with the X-acto knife. Oh, and I used a glue stick to attach the mask to the page of text. Voila!

      I’d be happy to answer any other questions you may have, but I don’t want to go on and on if this has satisfied your curiosity. ;- )

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