Paint Chip Poetry


Today I’m hosting the Open Write at ethicalela.com, so I’m sharing my prompt for paint chip poems. A special thanks to Sarah Donovan for her leadership and space at ethicalela. Please visit the site throughout the day and read the colorful poems that come to life at http://www.ethicalela.com/paint-chip-poetry/

Paint Chip Poetry

A stroll through a paint section can be just the right inspiration for poetry!  You can purchase a set of Paint Chip Poetry cards from Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Paint-Chip-Poetry-Color-Wordplay/dp/1452158800/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=paint+chip+poetry&qid=1638130458&sr=8-1  

but you can also find your own colorful words for free at paint stores or on websites such as Sherwin Williams here: https://www.sherwin-williams.com  or Glidden here:  https://www.glidden.com by clicking on the color chips to discover vibrant color words (deep onyx, copper pot, heartfelt, hot cocoa, dirt road…) 

Process:  Gather some paint chip words from a website or a paint department and have fun arranging the descriptive colors into lines of poetry!

Example using colors that I selected from Paint Chip Poetry:

smooth sailing; blank canvas; summer squash; seedling; dirt road; fresh-squeezed, chamomile tea; firefly; waterfall

Spring Walk

smooth sailing days of spring

walking the blank canvas of

the dirt road less traveled

smelling summer squash seedlings

and fresh-squeezed tulips

ambling home for a front porch swing

cup of chamomile tea

steeped in fireflies

and waterfalls

Here is a video of a Paint Chip poetry process:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuQYek393hM

One Reply to “Paint Chip Poetry”

  1. Kim, I also shared my paint chip poem for my slice of life today. I love so much about your poem, and I will definitely pull out this prompt again when I need motivation. “Fresh-squeezed tulips” and your tea steeped in fireflies and waterfalls is simply beautiful. Thanks for the prompt today.

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