#CommsCreative Challenge 4: calligrams

December: a Christmas calligram (15-20 minutes) 

You’re going to make a calligram – where text is arranged visually, in a way that forms an image associated with what you’re saying.

Like this poem about the Eiffel Tower:  👉

This task is mainly about expressing yourself and you seeing words more visually.  

I got a creative kick out of looking at letters as objects and shapes as well as being tools for creating sounds in people’s heads.

WHAT YOU NEED

  1. A pencil, a rubber, a pen and some blank paper.
  2. Some festive cheer 

STEP 1. DECIDE THE SHAPE

In pencil, draw or trace the outline of your Christmas tree – lightly so you can easily rub it out later. It can be another shape of course, do whatever you like.

STEP 2. WHAT ARE YOUR CHRISTMAS SENTIMENTS?

On another piece of paper, jot your thoughts on what Christmas means to you.

Maybe you hate it because it’s a lonely time.  Maybe you’re addicted to mince pies. Perhaps you want to wish people a cool yule.

You can write one word, a phrase, a sentence, a paragraph or a poem. 

STEP 3. FIT YOUR WORDS IN THE SHAPE

In pencil, fit the words into the shape.

STEP 4: INK IN, RUB OUT

When you’ve got it how you want it, go over it in pen. 

Erase out your pencil marks and if you like, add a splash or colour. 

STEP 4. POST THE CALLIGRAM

Publish it for other people to find.

Take a picture on your phone (or scan it if you’re fancy) and post it to your social network of choice.

You COULD even go totally old skool and print it on a Christmas card.

STEP 5. DON”T FORGET TO TAG IT WITH #COMMSCREATIVE

Have a look for other people’s posts and get a chat going with other creative comms people.

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