Musings from the Moonroom

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Found Poetry Artist Trading Cards


Last week I took a short break from sculpting Ornimals and created some artist trading cards (ATCs) for my art guild. We were challenged a few months ago to create artist trading cards for a guild swap. With the deadline drawing near, I needed to get my act together. Of course I drew a blank on what I wanted to create. I didn’t want to make traditional polymer clay artist trading cards. Then it dawned on me one night that I could use liquid polymer clay to create “paper.” I could use that as the base for my ATCs.

But I didn’t want to simply color and stamp layers of liquid polymer clay. Another light bulb went off. I would create Found Poetry Artist Trading Cards and embed the words in the liquid clay.

I’m not sure where I first heard the phrase “found poetry.” It could’ve been Quinn McDonald. Or maybe it was Dayle Doroshow. Either way I’m sure I didn’t just coin the phrase.

Not being quite sure of the process, I made up my own. I pulled out a few magazines, found some pages with lots of text, and circled every few words, usually every 5th to 7th word. Then I cut out the circled words and put them in a pile on my table. This is where the fun began.

Looking at all these words, including nouns, verbs, adjectives, and articles, I began to sort them into phrases and sentences. This is a rather intuitive process. Sometimes the phrases made sense. Other times they didn’t make sense but the words sounded interesting together. And that was the whole point. To create phrases and sentences that were sometimes silly and sometimes rather profound. If they made sense, great. If not, all the better.

Using a simple process of layering liquid polymer clay on glass, the words were embedded into one layer of clay. Additional layers were stamped and colored. Then the liquid “paper” was removed from the glass and attached to painted playing cards.

Here are the final results:

Found Poetry ATCs Set 1

Found Poetry ATCs Set 2

Give What You Allow

Uniquely Sheepish

In the next post I’ll share some of the ATCs I received in the guild’s swap.

5 thoughts on “Found Poetry Artist Trading Cards

  1. What a great & creative idea, they turned out terrific! I’ve seen packages of ATC’s in stores & been tempted to buy or create some, but haven’t yet. There is some really great work being done on ATC cards.

  2. Oh, just beautiful colors, Amy. Great technique.

  3. These are beautiful! Thanks for sharing – had no idea this could be done polymer clay.

  4. These are WONDERFUL Amy! Boy you have really been on a creative roll! xo

    • Thanks Dayle, Lisa, Judy, and Shelley for your compliments on my Found Poetry ATCs. They were fun to put together, especially the poetry part.

      Shelley, I’ve seen the pre-cut ATC cards too. I may give those a try with this technique next time around. I’m always looking for a good substrate for the ATCs. Thanks for the reminder.

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