View Full Version : Calligrams! (Word Monograms) - HandDrawn/HandPainted - due July 14th

pancake machine
05-12-2018, 09:31 PM
Swap Due Date: July 14th, 2018
Sign Up date: By July 9th, 2018
Withdrawal deadline: none, but please communicate!
Number of Cards: 3 for 3
Number of Participants: unlimited

Calligrams! (Word Monograms) - HD/HP - due July 14th.

The idea for this swap is to take a word and turn it into a calligram. What is a calligram? Technically:
"a word in which the design and layout of the letters creates a visual image related to the meaning of the words themselves"

This designer had some clever ideas: https://digitalsynopsis.com/design/hidden-meaning-logos-word-as-image-calligrams/

Here are a couple of my examples

Swap Requirements ~
1. Each card must have one word that is shaped in some way to represent what it means.

A phrase or snippet of text would be okay too.

2. All cards should be standard 3.5” x 2.5”
3. This swap is 3 for 3. An extra card for the host is welcome, but completely optional.

Other stuff
Mailing Information ~
* Include username, real name, your state/country and the swap name on the back of all cards - and put username and swap name on all envelopes sent.
* US Participants – Please include EITHER a clearly written SASE or a mailing label and stamp.
* International Participants - Please send a clearly-addressed envelope or mailing label and I will cover postage.
*Late cards past a day or so will be returned.

*When you receive your returns, please leave I-Trader for your swap host and rep points for the artists of the cards you receive. Also, in your rep points, naming which card you received is nice, since people like to know where their artworks end up.

1. Thou Art Delyrias - returns received
2. Haagmm- returns received
3. Prayer_at_Night
4. Roadbike831- returns received
5. Ann_stebbing- returns received
6. Gypsiejanie- returns received
7. Oakville Girly - received
8. minibee1010

05-13-2018, 03:53 PM
Hmm...... Lurking for now. This sounds intriguing but I need to give it some thought.

pancake machine
05-13-2018, 08:01 PM
Lurk on Dithespy.

pancake machine
05-15-2018, 04:56 PM
Bump! These can be fun - you could make the word "heart" heart shaped, or supercalifragilisticexpialidocious you could make.... super!! Many possibilities (although probably not supercalifragilisticexpialidocious)

05-15-2018, 09:13 PM
Ya Know....I was JUST thinking of this the other day! I had NO IDEA that there was a name for it! I LOVED doing these when I was younger!!! Please sign me up!!!!

05-16-2018, 02:00 AM
I would love to join this one!

pancake machine
05-16-2018, 09:01 AM
Awesome! Welcome Thou Art Delyrias and Haagmm!!

05-16-2018, 09:07 PM
Count me in, I'll give it a try...

pancake machine
05-16-2018, 11:20 PM
Excellent! Welcome AngelJoy!

05-17-2018, 04:10 AM
Interesting concept. I will have a play. I'll lurk for now.

pancake machine
05-17-2018, 01:47 PM
I'm taking you as lurking Ann. Lurk on!

05-19-2018, 08:16 PM
I know I just signed up, but I need to withdraw. Sorry.

pancake machine
05-19-2018, 09:47 PM
Thanks for letting me know. If you can join later, let me know.

pancake machine
05-23-2018, 06:39 AM
Bump! My interest in this swap came from a 1927 book called "How to Design Monograms" by Elizabeth and Curtiss Sprague. It is saved for now from the discard pile. They define calligrams a little differently from today's definition, but still really cool.

05-23-2018, 03:38 PM
This sounds really fun, I'll doodle around a bit and see if I can join later on!

pancake machine
05-23-2018, 09:24 PM
Cool Sarah! Hope your doodles lead to you joining the swap!

pancake machine
05-26-2018, 03:11 PM
The term calligram is a fairly recent one - less than 100 years old according to the Oxford English Dictionary

Here is the OED's first recorded instance.
"1920 P. J. Lemos Appl. Art 317 Calligrams are similar to monograms, with the exception that they contain the whole word instead of the initials alone."

05-27-2018, 10:50 AM
I can't stop making these, so I guess you'll have to sign me up! ;D

05-27-2018, 11:00 AM
I'm lurking while I play around, too... I love word clouds, so I'm going to see what I can come up with!

05-28-2018, 08:44 AM
Can I play ? thanks

pancake machine
05-28-2018, 04:03 PM
Welcome Prayer_at_Night and roadbike831! Glad to have you both.

Lurk on Ali - hope you come back with your word clouds!

pancake machine
05-30-2018, 12:19 PM
Apparently, one of the most famous calligram artists was the French poet Guillaume Apollinaire. On a side note, it does seem that poets are fond of calligrams for their work. We're doing just one word with this swap, but can definitely see the appeal.

06-01-2018, 01:05 PM
I hope to get to this one tomorrow. Spent today building a new shed - exhausted. Hubby is taking the day off to go fishing tomorrow, so we will have a day off. Goody - time for art!

pancake machine
06-01-2018, 03:53 PM
Sounds like a great time for art! I'm hoping to get another one made too! I have the concept in mind, now it is just making it work on paper.

pancake machine
06-03-2018, 10:15 AM
Here's another calligram - this one is lollipops


06-03-2018, 11:37 PM
Oh wow... you really have to know it says lollipops...but once you know you can’t NOT see it...


06-04-2018, 12:10 AM
One word? I was planning to put a few words into a scene. Is that ok?

06-04-2018, 05:13 AM
. . . But is this what you are looking for, before I do any more.


pancake machine
06-04-2018, 10:30 AM
Hi Anne - yes! that is perfect.

Haagmm - Yes, I think that is fine. I debated on that before I listed the swap and decided that a small phrase or short section of text would be fine.

Marie - Lurk away, but really hope you join!

Oakville Girly
06-04-2018, 08:25 PM
Please sign me up this should be fun!

Oakville Girly

pancake machine
06-04-2018, 11:27 PM
Welcome Oakville Girly!

pancake machine
06-06-2018, 10:10 PM
So this sounds like an interesting book: The bead curtain : calligrams "One hundred copies ... numbered and signed by the author, ... for the fiftieth birthday of W. H. Auden, 21 February, 1957."

Looks like there are only 15 copies in the US. I haven't seen the book, but I do think Bead Curtain would be a fun word to make into a calligram.

06-07-2018, 07:56 PM
Ok....have really examined the Lollipop drawing, I CANT see it....:eek:

pancake machine
06-07-2018, 10:40 PM
Does it help to know that the orange are the letter O. The yellow is the dot of the i and the red are the top part of the P. The bag they are in is the S.

This one is definitely the most abstract of the 3 I've done.

06-08-2018, 08:11 PM
Okay, I see it now! Very clever!!:rolleyes:

Here are my first two that are done. Hoping to finish 2 more this weekend

pancake machine
06-09-2018, 09:30 AM
Oh these are Fab! You re minion is really cool

06-12-2018, 03:52 AM
Better sign me up. I will mail this afternoon. I am assuming you have not moved house.

Mine are kites, bread, fish & chips and sea shells.

06-12-2018, 08:58 AM
I would like to join please. Looks like fun!

pancake machine
06-12-2018, 10:10 AM
Those are great Ann! You are correct - I've not moved.

And welcome Gypsiejanie!!

Oakville Girly
06-13-2018, 09:25 PM
Please sign me up for this interesting trade

pancake machine
06-13-2018, 10:44 PM
Welcome Oakville Girly - glad to have you join!

pancake machine
06-15-2018, 11:57 AM
Posting this calligram just for fun. This is by the French poet Apollinaire, Guillaume, who is a forefather of surrealism 196388

06-16-2018, 03:55 AM
That reminds me of (long, long ago) when I was studying typing at school (on the old sit up and beg manual typewriters - you know, the type you see in museums !!) We had to use the keyboard symbols, spacing etc to draw pictures. I loved it. I must have been more creative than I remember as a kid.

pancake machine
06-18-2018, 09:21 AM
Great story! And I also remember how people would create pictures with the old for matrix printers!

pancake machine
06-22-2018, 10:03 AM
Just got back from vacation to find some lovely cards from Ann_Stebbing and Gypsiejanie!

pancake machine
06-25-2018, 12:03 PM
Just saw this swap is featured on the home page. That's always fun! :)

06-27-2018, 10:36 AM
Me, please 😁

pancake machine
06-27-2018, 12:39 PM
Welcome minibee1010!

06-28-2018, 01:32 PM
Trying to get these out to the post office today! Darn it, work gets in the way of my art habit!!! I hope these are what you were thinking for calligrams. I really enjoyed this concept.

pancake machine
06-28-2018, 01:41 PM
Yes, those are great! Can't wait to see them in person.

pancake machine
06-30-2018, 12:11 PM
Oakville Girly - your cards have arrived! Thanks for the extra!

07-01-2018, 06:49 PM
OK...finally done! :jiggy: as soon as I can, they will be postal!

pancake machine
07-01-2018, 07:15 PM
Those are great! Can't wait to see them live

07-02-2018, 08:43 AM
Oh, I think this is a great idea! But the deadline is a bit close for me. :err:

pancake machine
07-02-2018, 09:42 AM
Would love to have you Zandradee, but you're right, it could be a push to get them across the pond.

pancake machine
07-03-2018, 07:51 PM
Haagmm, your cards have arrived! Thanks for the extra!

pancake machine
07-03-2018, 07:52 PM
Just a little under 2 weeks to go. If you still have calligram ideas, there is still a little time to join, but not much longer!

pancake machine
07-06-2018, 11:30 PM
Thou Art Delyrias - your cards have arrived! Thanks for the extra

07-07-2018, 01:18 PM
Here are my attempted Calligrams , not sure if they will work or should I spend more time ?

pancake machine
07-07-2018, 06:06 PM
I can see the first one (O Boy), but I'm not sure on the 2nd two.

07-09-2018, 09:57 AM
It's Alright, I didn't get them out on Saturday. So redoing 2 of them and will post the updated 3
here today and mail them then

07-09-2018, 12:07 PM

Okay here is what I am mailing out to the host today!

pancake machine
07-12-2018, 03:00 PM
The deadline is only a few days away! Have a couple sets of cards on the way.

07-13-2018, 07:30 AM
we shall see if my cards make it in time.If not at least I tried

pancake machine
07-13-2018, 11:53 AM
Fingers crossed!

pancake machine
07-13-2018, 05:10 PM
Roadbike 831 your cards arrived! thanks for the host card!

pancake machine
07-16-2018, 12:23 PM
I'm still waiting on 1 or 2 more sets of cards. I'm going to give it until Tuesday and plan on swapping out Tuesday night with cards in the mail on Wednesday.

pancake machine
07-18-2018, 02:37 PM
Slight delay on my end - it ended up being a busier Tuesday than expected. I will get them out either tomorrow or Friday. Will update here once they are at the post office.

pancake machine
07-19-2018, 09:01 PM
I just dropped the cards in the mail!

07-23-2018, 10:11 PM
My calligrams arrived in the mail today. I received cards from road bike 831, Ann stebbing & pancake machine. Love this concept— very fun! Thanks!

07-26-2018, 10:04 PM
Mine arrived on Tuesday and just now getting around to making comments!

07-27-2018, 03:25 AM
My creative Calligrams flew in yesterday. Thanks for hosting this swap. It was interesting. Thanks also to my artists Haagmm, ThouArtDelyrias and GypsieJanie. Just off to leave feedback.

pancake machine
08-02-2018, 11:41 AM
Thanks for playing everyone! I'm going to close the books on this one.