Monday, April 20, 2009


I’m an avid follower of Austin Kleon’s newspaper blackout poems. I was amazed the first time I read them. I thought the idea was brilliant—extracting words in a news article, and forming what could otherwise be described as poetry.

Because April is the newspaper blackout poetry month, I tried making some poems myself. It’s hard at first, but pretty much like anything else, it takes practice.

This is how I did it:
  • Get a newspaper
  • Box the words
  • Shade the rest of the words (I use Pilot Broad Super Color Marker)
  • Scan the newspaper cutout
  • Edit in Photoshop: increase contrast to +45 and decrease brightness to –12.
Here, I used a news article from the Philippine Collegian, the official student publication in UP.


Try it out if you have nothing else to do.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

happy birthday, Lance! God Bless!


parang necktie ung lay-out mo, ung sides. Why blue?

Wed Apr 22, 03:32:00 AM GMT+8  
Blogger PauT said...

Happy Birthday Kuya Lance and what a nice idea you have there. :}

May you enjoy the day and continue to glorify the Lord through your life. :)

Wed Apr 22, 09:10:00 AM GMT+8  
Blogger Lance said...

Salamat, Paul! Hmm... iniisp ko nga kung ano ang magandang color, eh. Any suggestions?

Wed Apr 22, 09:20:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Lance said...

Pao, salamat! Actually the idea's not original. Try mo ring gawin!

Wed Apr 22, 09:21:00 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Belated happy birthday Lance. 22 on 22. How could I forget....haha

And double congrats for the laude (magna), did i get that right?


It's the first time i encountered this idea. Very nice!

Thu Apr 23, 01:20:00 AM GMT+8  
Blogger Lance said...

Thanks so much, Jeiel! Ikaw, gagraduate ka na rin soon!

Thu Apr 23, 06:02:00 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I's been a year...

Fri Apr 24, 01:56:00 AM GMT+8  
Blogger Carlo B. Timbol said...

nyhaha twisted

Sat Apr 25, 03:25:00 AM GMT+8  

Post a Comment

<< Home