How to Make Your Own Poem Poster

By Guy Gardner ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • Masking tape
  • Bristol board
  • Pencil
  • Marker
  • Coloring pencils
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Razor blade
  • Ruler
Make a poster for your favorite poem.

Poems can be very moving, inspiring and personal. If you have been inspired by a poem and would like to create something that expresses how you feel about it, you could design and color a poem poster to hang on your wall. Designing a poem poster allows you to create something beautiful to remind you of what the poem means to you.

Place your piece of Bristol board on a work table. Using masking tape, tape along each of the four sides of the board to keep it firmly placed on the table. The edges of the tape should be straight and even along the board, as you will need to cut along these edges to take your poster off the table. Taping the poster to the table will keep it from curling before the paint dries.

Draw the design you want on the board using your pencil. You can decide where you would like to include the verses of your poem, and what kind of symbolism you would to evoke. You could write each line of the poem on one side of the poster and draw a design on the other, or integrate the two. Use your imagination and be as creative as you would like to be.

Begin to paint and color your design. You can decide how you would like to layer the different media. Either paint first and then markers and coloring pencils or the reverse. Be careful to let the paint dry before using markers or pencils as the paper could tear if it is still wet. Let the poster dry for one day after you have finished with your design.

Cut along the edges of the masking tape to free your poster. Use the ruler to steady your knife as you cut.