While some might enjoy the newspaper over a cup of coffee, Bette McIntire has a different purpose for herLos Angeles Times.
For the last five years, the Sawdust Art Festival artist has made her art from the pages of the daily paper, cutting out words to string together a poem and illustrating the theme by hand — using paint, crayons and handmade paper, or stamps.
The newspaper has the "raw ingredients of the day," she said.
It's how you use those ingredients, she said, that makes a difference. She takes these pieces and forms what she calls an "underground poem."
She cuts out words from the front page first, because she said it tends to have harder headlines and the text is larger. As she pulls words, a theme appears.
"Any random day you can find a poem in the news," she said.
Originally a writer, McIntire, 61, never intended to make a living with her art and didn't begin in earnest until five years ago.