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28 to Make

Lesson 16 of 29

Day 16: Blackout Poetry


28 to Make

Lesson 16 of 29

Day 16: Blackout Poetry


Lesson Info

Day 16: Blackout Poetry

(lively music) This is 28 To Make. I'm Laura McCormack. And we're going to create a blackout poem. So blackout poetry is really cool. All you need is some printed matter, and a black market. And I like to use a newspaper, but you can use a magazine, anything that you have that's an already compiled article of words. So, once you pick an article, you are going to black out parts of the article. Now you wanna choose words not to blackout that maybe relate to how you're feeling right now, or are all adjectives. It's totally up to you. The poem doesn't have to make sense. You can incorporate the headline if you want. Here I sort of did something fun with the illustration. And I left the blackout poem in the context of the paper. So this one says develop proof of thinking. Design the lives of friends and get real. So that makes no sense. I'm not a poet. But I like it. I like the rhythm. I think it sort of represents a moment for me. Here's another one that I did. Again you can black out t...

he surrounding areas any way you want. So this one is super blacked out, right? And it says social media will let others teach. Again, doesn't make any sense. I like it. I had fun doing it. I think it creates this cool specimen, right, with typography. You can doodle on the page. And then you know what I did, I photocopied it larger. And so it becomes something else, right? This one I like. It's called A Park in Brooklyn. Only overseen by rainfall and sand. I'm getting better. So the more you do these, the better you're going to get. So again, you don't have to blackout things in any prescribed way, just have fun with it. It's totally up to you. I can't wait to see what you do. Share with me with the hashtag #28toMake. (lively music)

Class Description

Sometimes, we lapse into unproductive habits because we don’t know what else to do. That's why we worked with some of the best creators we know to bring these 28 daily creative project ideas to your inbox so you can get back in the habit of making. 

Week 1

Celebrating everyday objects through drawing with Kate Bingaman-Burt

Week 2

Exploring line, form, and texture with Ryan Putnam

Week 3

Hacking visual language and creative thinking with Lara McCormick

Week 4

Connecting to your context through observation and lettering with Erik Marinovich


You'll get the same 2 videos every weekend, when you'll be encouraged to take in the sights and relax with Brooks Chambers

Who is this for?
It’s been gently optimized for designers, illustrators, and typographers, but it’s for anyone who wants give traction to their desire to create. 

How does it work?
  1. Sign up with the blue button above. 
  2. Watch your daily video prompt. 
  3. Make something! The projects can all be completed in 20 minutes, but you can take as long as you like. Also - do it your way. If the project calls for a drawing, but you've got some modeling clay on hand, feel free to sculpt instead.
  4. Reflect on your work for a few minutes. Did you love it? Hate it? Do you wish you could make one of these every day instead of doing the other projects? Do it!
  5. Share what you made with the world on Instagram using #28toMake. We really want to see what you come up with, and we're not alone.
  6. Repeat for 28 days, or until you stumble upon that thing that really gets you going. If you find yourself getting stale again, you can always come back. The videos will be emailed to you daily, but you can watch them on this page whenever you want.


LAra TAmalunas

I was looking for a way to get back into the habit of creating. The class has some fun ideas for projects that are easy to work on, which is super helpful. Every day I was excited to see what my new project was! But...a few seemed to not be what I considered sketching or drawing and didn't seem to fit the description. Overall, very helpful though :)

Margaret Agnew

I just loved the way this was presented and the immediate connection of the videos and their content which helped me discover and try things I would not have thought I could do. The affirmations from others doing the same thing and being able to gather ideas from the 'sharing' bit was also important for me. I have gained a lot creatively and it has fired parts of my imagination that lay hidden. I am just sorry it is formally over. I missed the last x3 sessions and the portfolio bit due to illness but will complete the other tasks and will continue explore developing those that really opened a creative slot for me. Above all thanks to the tutors - each of you - I loved the content you chose and the enthusiasm and creative energy you conveyed in just a few moments and the generous attitude of the skills share. That's it - Thank you, would recommend to anyone not to miss this opportunity.


Best course ever on Creative Live. It's the foundation for doing anything or everything creative. Even if you think your only creative interest is say photography ...and you're not a drawer, maker or artist of any kind ...think again. This course will open up your mind and you will discover that actually you are a creative and you can pick up a pencil and draw... and it doesn't take up much time... 10-20 minutes a day. In the beginning it's not about the end result, it's about the doing and how it sets something off in your brain. It will make a huge difference to everything else you put your hands and mind to in life.