My name is Caitlin Civitello and I’ve been doing Magic alters for about five years. I don’t play Magic, or even fully understand how the game works; but my husband has played for years and showed me pictures online of some cards that had been altered that he thought looked pretty cool. I told him that it didn’t seem too difficult and thought I could do it, so he gave me a few cards and it turned out I wasn’t terrible.
When I first started out, I would dig through his cards for anything that I thought looked interesting and would do primarily background extensions. As I’ve gotten more comfortable and developed a process, I branched out and now a lot of what I do are completely redesigned art/layouts. For fun I would list a few of the cards on eBay when I was done, and to my surprise people other than my husband and his friends were buying them.
The worst part of doing alters is when I find out how much some of the cards people give me to paint are worth. Nothing is more comforting than my husband telling me, “Don’t mess this one up, I can’t afford to replace that card if something goes wrong.” Other than that, I really enjoy it and it’s enabled me to share in one of my husband’s favorite hobbies.
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