When Words Become a Work of Art

Writers love words.  We love reading words, writing words, and saying them out loud.  They are the food for our soul.

Words are writers’ swords,  band-aids, and  lullabies.

Words are our best friends, and some days, maybe our only friends, especially if you’re an introverted writer.

What if you had the power to turn your words into works of art?

With today’s COOL TOOL, I will grant you that power. Remember my quest to provide you free and easy-to-use tools to keep your blog from being boring?

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Drum-roll please…this is exciting….introducing…one more way to embellish a writer’s love of words.

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Wordle is an easy-to-use free online tool for making those cool graphics you see on other people’s blogs, in their dining rooms, or on their Pinterest boards. On the Wordle home page, click image and it brings you to this environment.

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See how easy it is? Type in your list of words, then click GO.  It creates the word cloud for you.

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These are all the options in the FONT dialogue box, but you probably could have figured that out on your own.  I want to encourage you to start clicking on all the  buttons when you enter a new environment. You have to Click to Conquer.  (I wrote this linked blog to encourage people to overcome fear and click!)

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The layout tab gives you these choices. 

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There’s an option to create your own custom palette, choosing your background color and four foreground colors.  (choose edit custom palette)

If you aren’t happy with the design, click the imagebutton on the bottom of the creating space until you’re satisfied with colors and shapes.

Another option was to enter the URL of a web page and they will automatically generate the word list for you.

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I typed in my blog address and this was created for me.

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It was eery how they picked out the important things in my life.  I recently blogged a four-part series about losing a friend, Kari,  to cancer at 36.  I had thyroid cancer for ten years, I have six kids I adore, I homeschool, and have had a few years with several funerals.  Can you see the themes?

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A revised version of the same Wordle. If you don’t want to eliminate a word, right click on it.  I removed Kari, the contractions that weren’t spelled right, and a few random words.  This is what I came up with.  But, no, my husband isn’t the cause of my grief as it appears in the upper left hand corner.

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Another variation of the same word cloud generated with the randomize button. Getting antsy to try it yourself?

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Two Wordles to describe my passion.

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One just for bloggers.

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A Wordle about my family.  Is that hyphen in dinner table bothering you?  Yea, me, too.

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John 3:16 in a slightly scrambled version. I chose background and word colors with edit color palette and the Mail Ray Stuff font.

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For this creation, I used the url for author Lesley Ann McDaniel’s website and tried to match her website colors. Lesley’s third book in the Montana Hearts series with Heartsong Presents, Rocky Mountain Romance, is ready for pre-order.  It was fun to see the names of her characters, the settings, and the descriptions pop up. This could be a fun author promotional tool, especially if you were more deliberate with the word list.

TIPS for using WORDLE:

  • Words typed twice are largest.  (ex. FAMILY)
  • Use hyphens or omit space in phrases. (blue-eyes) (NorthDakota)
  • Right click on a word to remove it from the word cloud.
  • Their SAVE button saves to a public gallery. To save for personal use, cut out with  Snipping Tool  and save in your picture file.

 

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I gave you the power to turn  words into works of art; use this art to turn words into works of power.

How will you  Wordle your life?

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10 Responses to When Words Become a Work of Art

  1. bdd3 January 22, 2014 at 5:36 pm #

    May I suggest you find books by Madeline Lengle. Of course start with “A Wrinkle in Time.” But her non-fiction writings about faith, art and writing are so deep and wonderful. You will be truly blessed.

    • Mindy January 22, 2014 at 5:42 pm #

      Thank you for the book suggestion. I recently was told about this book by someone else, so with two votes, it’s going on the list of books to read in 2014. Thanks for your visit today, friend.

  2. Kendra January 23, 2014 at 12:34 am #

    How very fun! I’m gonna go try it!

    • Mindy January 23, 2014 at 1:43 am #

      We’re going to use it for spelling practice this week. I’m also trying to think of other ways to use it for school.

  3. WholeHearted Home Judith Kowles January 23, 2014 at 4:45 am #

    Hey! This is such a ‘cool tool’ and I saved it so I can try it!! Thanks!!

    • Mindy January 23, 2014 at 5:49 am #

      Hope you enjoy the “gift” I gave you! 🙂 It’s a fun tool to use.

  4. Linda January 23, 2014 at 11:42 pm #

    Oh yes, I want to try this! I’ve pinned this post so I can come back this weekend when I have some down time to play around. Thank you for the great tutorial!

    • Mindy January 24, 2014 at 10:58 pm #

      Linda, thank you for stopping by today. I hope you Wordle something that will inspire your life!

  5. Tandis January 24, 2014 at 7:33 pm #

    Oooh! I need to write a blog just to play with this tool. Very cool indeed!!

    • Mindy January 24, 2014 at 9:42 pm #

      Your girls would have fun playing with it, too. I thought about having the other kids describe one child, then using all those words to surround the child’s name. It would be so affirming, wouldn’t it?

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