These pieces were generated using PolychromeText (that's a good name, I can't think of a better one!) and ImageTexter (that's a terrible name, I can't think of a better one), with text generated using Eddie Assad's jGnoetry from various sources, including the Pennsylvania Dutch (Amish) collection of folk-remedies and charms "Pow-Wows; or, Long Lost Friend." Pennsylvania Dutch folk symbology includes the "hex sign", still commonly found on barns in Amish country.
Michael Paulukonis has been flinging code and typing paint for decades. Code and text and images (and combinations thereof) can be found at http://michaelpaulukonis.github.io