In past Workshops we've written about some of the interactive art games we've found that can be used to generate images for haiga. It's always fun when readers try them out and send us their efforts.

Click on the thumbnails to the left for a selection of haiga that Emily and Jan have created using Bomomo (you'll find a series of their collaborative Bomomos in the Contemporary section's Family Challenge).

We also have three from Carol, using Bomomo, Abrakadoodle's Matisse Widget, and the Collage Machine from the National Gallery of Art's NGAKids ArtZone.



Up to now, we've been surveying image-generating sites. You save the image to your computer, load it into your editing software and finish the haiga by laying in text, adding borders etc.

But what if you're getting interested in haiga but haven't yet taken the plunge to spend several hundred dollars on Photoshop, or even a less expensive a software package that will give you the capability to add text? Or perhaps you're on another computer, without your customary software, when the creative urge hits?

With the growing popularity of photo sharing on social network sites has come a proliferation of online photo editors that allow you to upload a photo, manipulate it, add text (sometimes), save it back to your computer again, or send it to your online album. Photobucket has basic photo editing and text capabilities; Picnik can be accessed within Yahoo mail, and the Adobe site has a minimal program called "Photoshop Express". Other online editors I investigated include Pixlr, an easy-to use program that uses your computer's own fonts and has layering capabilities, and Lunapic.

True, you get what you pay for in image quality and file sizes, and you have to pick your way through cutesy decorations such as hearts, lipstick kisses and glitter fonts. Still, I found interesting possibilities amid the dross, including many filters a little different from my familiar favorites in Photoshop. The result was a collection of haiga that would not otherwise have been born.

Click on the thumbnail for my slideshow of examples, information and urls for the sites. Even if you have a top-of-the-line image editor, try some of these. Remember, that the "hai" in both haiku and haiga means "playful".