Last Fall I made a collection of Haiku Cards–tiny cards with watercolors on one side and a line from Basho on the other. I shuffle the cards and create random operation poems. The source material is rich, so the simple three line poems end up quirky and nearly always inspiring. Here’s how I made them!
:: Paint ::
I used 9×12 mixed media paper. It’s heavier than copy paper, more absorbent than cardstock, smoother than watercolor paper. Use what you have! Index cards cut in half would be perfect. I painted saturated fields of color in 1 or 2 colors.
:: Scissors ::
I cut my big sheets of paper into 2½ x 3″ pieces after the paint had dried overnight. Then I used a punch to round the corners. This makes the cards look and feel more finished.
:: Poems ::
I used Basho because he’s my favorite. I found this collection online and copied about 30 into my journal. Then I made the final selection and wrote 1 line from a poem on each card. Now a 3 card pull creates a completely new poem.
Over the Moon Oracle
If you are interested in Haiku Cards, but don’t want to make them yourself, Kristen has a wonderful deck available. She is also teaching a free class on using the cards. During Poetry Month, Kristen is also hosting the #HaikuOracleChallenge–so be sure to follow that hashtag on Instagram!