|Swap Coordinator:||Rillaith (contact)|
|Swap categories:||Challenges Art Artist Trading Card (ATC)|
|Number of people in swap:||89|
|Last day to signup/drop:||October 29, 2007|
|Date items must be sent by:||November 19, 2007|
|Number of swap partners:||3|
I recently came across Altered Text ATCs - picking out a few words from a page from an old book, that make something poetic, by painting or colouring over the words you don't want. (Some of these sound a lot like Magnetic Fridge Poetry!)
For this swap, you will be sending 2 ATCs each to 3 partners - so 6 in total. Each one will be similar to the picture above - a sheet of words from a book, a newspaper, or even printed off the internet, with words picked out to make a poetic phrase often entirely unrelated to the original content. Each ATC must be 2.5"x3.5" as normal, and the Altered Text should be the main element of the ATC, although you may embellish with something related to the new theme if you wish.
About "Altered Text" as Art
"Altered Text" is a modern take on an old tradition - that of removing the text on a papyrus, scroll or parchment in order to reuse it for new writings. It gained popularity through Tom Phillips's treatment of W.H.Mollock's A Human Document which then became: A Humument
There are some gorgeous examples of ATCs made in this manner (from where I have borrowed the swap picture as an example) here: http://alteredsilver.blogspirit.com/project_alteredtext/ More altered text examples an gorgeous pieces of artwork are linked to from there.
Cedarseed's article is the de facto hub of information, inspiration and ideas (http://www.cedarseed.com/air/atc.html), but I also like the 'Making ATCs' pages at Altered Art (http://www.altered-art.net/make-artist-trading-cards.html)
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