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    Calligrams! (Word Monograms) - HandDrawn/HandPainted - due July 14th

    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/h...ge-calligrams/

    Here are a couple of my examples
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    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.


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    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.

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    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
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    Hmm...... Lurking for now. This sounds intriguing but I need to give it some thought.

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    Lurk on Dithespy.
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    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)
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    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!!!!

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    I would love to join this one!
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    Awesome! Welcome Thou Art Delyrias and Haagmm!!
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    Count me in, I'll give it a try...
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    Excellent! Welcome AngelJoy!
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    Interesting concept. I will have a play. I'll lurk for now.

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    I'm taking you as lurking Ann. Lurk on!
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    I know I just signed up, but I need to withdraw. Sorry.
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    Thanks for letting me know. If you can join later, let me know.
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    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.
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    This sounds really fun, I'll doodle around a bit and see if I can join later on!
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    Cool Sarah! Hope your doodles lead to you joining the swap!
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    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."
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    I can't stop making these, so I guess you'll have to sign me up! ;D
    Hugs, Sarah

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    I'm lurking while I play around, too... I love word clouds, so I'm going to see what I can come up with!

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    Can I play ? thanks
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