Swap-bot Time: June 28, 2017 8:54 am


Date Joined: September 27, 2012
Last Online: June 20, 2017

Country: United States
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◙ Back to swapping! Summer break from grad school and caffeine detox! ◙

My current HDHP ATCs for trade - click this link!

shark dancer gif

I made a test short cartoon in Anime Studio Pro, see it here: Anglerfish Test

I made a cute cartoon with Sal, check it out. For kids. The Little Goalie

Learn to make your own cartoons, a super easy method using a tablet or smartphone

I am an artist in Chicago looking to trade ATCs [artist trading cards] here on Swap-bot. I work in a range of media [multi-media, collage, photography, digital, printmaking] and do very nice fully-painted cards. I also love trading zines, inchies, twinchies, paintings, postcards, collage, hand bound books, artist books, chunky book pages and photographs.

I am in grad school for an MS in Human-Computer Interaction [computer science + design + code UX/UI thing] as of September 2015. I volunteer with my local hackerspace / makerspace Pumping Station: One and have volunteered with FreeGeek Chicago. I'm a novice ice hockey player and joined the CWHL Frozen Snappers recreational league team.

mailbox animation

♪ ♫ ♪ SPECIAL NOTE: I am inner city and our mailman carries everything door to door on foot. If he gets caught in a rainstorm or a snowstorm, he has to plow through it. Please wrap items in plastic because sometimes a letter gets drenching wet. A plastic sandwich bag with the bulky zipper cut off, folded and taped, works great. Don't worry about current postcards, just mail them as is. ♫ ♪ ♫

Please note, I use recycled packaging material, playing cards and sports card decoys for cores of my ATCs. They are mounted and papered expertly and do not appear recycled or trashy. Please read more about conservation concerns in the Swap-Bot discussion: Acid Free Not Archival ▒ Related information: Sharpie markers are not art supplies

♥ All swaps coming from a smoke-free home. I don't smoke and I don't let the dogs smoke, either! ♥

Loki ATC

The art I like is wildly eclectic. I tend to respond to people's style the most with a preference for fine art and the unique. If you have your own art style, that is my favorite! I want to see the work you create.

LIKES: Portraits, people, self-portraits, landscapes, cityscapes, seascapes, still life, clouds, people, nudes or figurative work, fossils, dinosaurs, sharks, ocean life, birds, animals & nature, owls, Basset Hounds, abstracts, ice hockey, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Wolves, art history, ancient art, Renaissance, Art Deco, Art Noveau, Ancient Egyptian, Pre-Raphaelites, architecture, all Asian, Chinese, Japanese [ukiyo-e, sumi-e, contemporary], Korean, Indian, collage, geometric art, regional art, Native or traditional art, text art (Ed Ruscha, Christopher Wool, Jenny Holzer,) Impressionism, Modernism, Pop Art, orchids, image transfer, photography, printmaking, digital image design, laser etching, vintage & antique, science & technology. Toons -n- comix: Marvel Avengers, Adventure Time, DEATHNOTE, Rick & Morty, Hetalia: Axis Powers, How to Train Your Dragon, Inubaka, Ah! My Goddess by Kōsuke Fujishima, Mushishi, Fullmetal Alchemist, Poyo Poyo, G.I. Joe: Renegades, Star Wars G1, Clone Wars & Rebels, G1 Transformers. Pokémon Go.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Loose prints, unmounted are preferred. Please no lamination. I collect tintypes, cartes de visite, cabinet cards and Polaroids.

POSTCARDS: Contemporary post cards, please just mail them to me regular / naked. Please no free commercial ad cards. Self-published, artist or Zazzle is fine. Vintage Postcards: In 2012 I re-started my collection of antique post cards lost in an apartment robbery. Post cards 1950 and prior are favorites, mailed in their days is wonderful. Please mail vintage and antique in an envelope, plastic and buffer material is a good idea. Please no trading ripped or stripped [stamp collectors rip off stamps] - normal wear is fine. Favorites are gag / comic, cartoon, illustration, lithographic coloured photographs, city name cut-outs especially 1940s with different images in block letters. Also looking for non-sport tobacco and cigarette cards. My PCs: Free High Res Downloads of Antique & Vintage Post Cards - make your art with these and other photographs and resources are there for collage.

DISLIKES: My life is hard enough, so I'm skipping any horror or depression themes. (Over vampires in the 90s. Goth is OK.) No memes unless agreed upon in advance. K thnx! Me no likey: Ed Hardy copies. Edward Weston copies. Disney stuff [but Pixar is OK]. Musicals. Cutesy country kitsch. Hello Kitty. Kids stuff. Teacher stuff. Holiday or religious things. Scrapbooking die-cuts or manufactured page accents. Perky words, inspirational or motivational anything. ATC ART PEEVES: Scratchy back and forth lines or overlaps in color because you are not able to render graphite, blend colored pencils or are using cheap, non-blending markers. Unfinished, sloppy or careless backs. (Inchies & twinchies: I treat them as ATC ACEO art and store them in clear plastic pages.) Please no wrinkled or cockled ATCs [glue or water warped]. Please sign your work. Pastels, encaustic, charcoal, beads, googly eyes - too fragile to ship without damage. Chicago postal will destroy these. No sticker slapping your art! Too much glued on tschotchskas - a little embellishment is fine. No Sharpie or permanent markers they are unstable and change colors and fade rapidly.

Want More?: I am willing to swap paintings, custom art work & digital image design and more for stuff - message me for inquiries.

Titles of my zines available for swap: When You Were Dying; Pet Love; Don't Know What to Cook Zine; Artist Trading Cards; Understanding Pit Bulls; Every Day is Earth Day; Surviving Winter; Das Racist; Chicagoland vol. 1 - 4; People in Chicago vol. 1 -3; Mean Dogs.

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☥ Please Note: I retain all image rights, copyright and intellectual property rights on all creations. ☥

Free Education & Resources

tin type

Read online for free ArtTRADER Magazine

How to Get Better at Drawing Decades of my experience in one article. Read online or download the article as a .pdf here

Basic Information on painting; maybe go to the oldest blog post and read in reverse order: Click here

Free Book: read Starting With Abstract Painting

Melted Crayon Wax Painting Or "encaustic for lazy people" - 43 second video to learn how to make your own.

10 Tips on Watercolour from personal experience. I also highly recommend this book Watercolour How To Book check your local library or available cheap on Amazon, as of May 2013 copies under $4.00.

1000+ free video tutorials on all art subjects with Jerry's Artarama catalog: Free video lessons

Royalty Free, High-Resolution Photography: morgueFile

Free digital downloads of textures & backgrounds for digital image design, collage, etc: Caleb Kimbrough's BITTBOX

Jay Hilgert's BittBox Free digital image sources & textures.

TanglePatterns.com Free resource for Zentangle drawing.

How To Paint Transfer Toner Images Transfer toner prints of photographs, magazine pages and photocopies of your own drawings, etc. using acrylic paint.

GOLDEN Gel Medium Image Transfer Good method for multi-media art and acrylic paints.

Collage Perspectives at Swarthmore College A 10 minute documentary video of a gallery exhibit.

David Carson on Design + Discovery TED video: A top designer lectures on visual culture.

Vik Muniz TED video: Creativity, culture, art. He is known for his portraits made of sugar.

Raghava KK: My 5 Lives as an Artist TED video: on making and breaking in his fine art career.

Sheikha al Mayassa: Globalizing the local, localizing the global TED video: how art and culture create a country's identity.

7 Projects With Recycled Materials

Art Pillow Design With Fabric Scraps by Alice Berry Low sew, high impact!

Daring Fireball's Markdown Syntax Guide How to put images in Swap-bot and other commands.

USPS Small Airmail Labels No longer available, DIY print your own. Great for postcards.

Mail theft? United States Postal Inspectors Online Complaint Webpage

Zines: what they are and two easy zine patterns to use.

Easy Book Binding Saddle Stitch Video

A short description of Masterboard Process for collage artist trading cards.

ATC and collage recommended adhesives: YES! stickflat paste, glue stick, rubber cement [these three dry flat] Modge Podge, gesso and acrylic gel medium [these are wetter, needs to be pressed. Wax paper and a heavy weight help.] I highly enjoyed the Bernie Berlin ATC Workshop book.

Hubble pic

Free vintage and/or public domain images:

Smithsonian Institution Flickr

NASA Hubble Heritage Flickr

The British Library Flickr

Old Book Art Illustrations for download

Pinterest for Les Vieux Jours Vintage collage resources: photos, etchings, drawings and more.

ShellieLewis.Wordpress Antique postcards, ephemera and photography: 300 dpi downloads for free.

USA Library of Congress Flickr

USA Library of Congress Photo Archive online portal

Reusable Art

Karen's Whimsy

Creative Commons Cultural Contributors for art and music

Troubleshooting something? Ask me anything.

♫♪♫ MUSIC TIME ♪♫♪

Go listen to stuff online for free:

Pixicast ~ Electronica podcasts.

Abstract Science ~ electronica, techno, industrial and experimental podcast.

CCMixter podcast and editor picks Also free music you can use for projects.

Dubstep came from Chicago.

"Digital Witness" - St. Vincent

Guile's Theme Goes With Everything - Smooth McGroove

"Immortals"- Fall Out Boy

Digital Scrapbook

Over 100 of my prior ATCs from 2012 - 2013 are above.


Hockey Blogger Boyfriend He said it felt like a salad bowl.

Yeah, winter 2014 frickin' cold and snowy...

3 on 3 league

Learning to play ice hockey? Sal and I are writing a ChicagoNow Blog for adult beginners at The Hockey Noob

Sal HNHL Blades

Sal on the Blades of Steel.

Ladyada Mural - about eight foot square, spray paint, hand cut plastic film. Located at Pumping Station: One makerspace / hackerspace where I am the current Area Host for Arts, Crafts & Sewing.

Kojak - mixed media Pop art, 24 x 36


Museum Fun Day - I want the micro-LED gown.

The hounds! All three dogs are from BassetRescue.org


fluffeh cockatiels



Comment: Thank you so much for a lovely package-I love everything! You are very talented. The necklace and amulet bag are beautiful and the etched tile pin so intricate. And I remember using floppy disks like that! So cool!
Response: Yay, I am so glad you liked everything. The Chinatown medallion is K'uan Shih Yin (Kannon / Kwanyin) the Buddhist saint / Goddess of Compassion!
samsstuff rated for A.I. Seasonal Tree - Autumn on Dec 5, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the lovely ATC & all the great zines!
Response: I think the Joyce Kilmer wrote we shall never see an ATC as lovely as a tree. :D
jillybird rated for EASU: "ART" ATC Swap on Nov 22, 2016
Comment: I love it when I open a swap package and the art inside just takes my breath away like yours did! Thank you so much for the two gorgeous ATCs! I also enjoyed the zines very much and will share them with my students.
Response: Wow, I feel special. ^^' I'm glad you liked them! ♥
Comment: I LOVE THE ATC!!! Oh my gosh I've never gotten a Shigure ATC its awesome and you used a betta stamp which is awesome too. Thank you so much
Response: Yay, I am glad you like it! ♥ I read all the books from my college library and Chicago Public Library, so I checked two out again for reference. ☺ ☺ ☺
Comment: Thanks for the cute goose! I have three pet geese that get excited when the Canadians fly over! They used to try to take off after them, ending up gliding down the road... I think they were feeling the urge to travel. They are pretty defensive of the yard. I can well imagine a big fierce flock of them being effective guards!
Response: Are they trying to migrate or defend their turf? A history teacher told me the ancient Romans used geese to guard their treasury for hundreds of years, and it was robbed right away when they switched to dogs. :D
Comment: Got my geisha. Thanks! :)
Response: OK that was the re-send. So sorry the original swap was lost. Thank you for being patient and thank you for swapping. ♥
ladydy5 rated for A.I. - ATC of Items on Sep 17, 2016
Comment: Cool my sweet friend. Very antiquee!😍
Response: Thank you so much for all the hosting you do for the group! ♥
KarenLaneWV rated for A.I. - ATC of Items on Sep 15, 2016
Comment: Nice ATC's! Love the owl. (I like Harry Potter, too! AND owls. I've done at least half a dozen block prints of owls over the years. Goats would be good at crime...they are escape artists and you could NOT keep them in jail! lol
Response: For the safety of the local county, and the sanity of your local sheriff's police, you need to keep those goats on the the straight and narrow! :D I'm glad you like the ATCs and thank you for swapping.
Comment: Sorry for the late rate my hubby just gave me the mail :( that is very nice! I liked it.
Response: Thank you for joining the swap! ☺ ♥ ☺
Comment: wow great job
Response: totes no problem :3
Comment: Wow Shellie I am still reading!Thanks for the hand drawn ATC and the wonderful zine.Never was really sure what they were,now I know.Great work.
Response: There are many patterns and sizes of zines. I am mainly into making "mini zines". Larger ones are more like books or comic books. The point is they are self-published.
Comment: Thank you! I always enjoy receiving your work!
Response: Thank you for joining my swap! ☺
Arabella rated for SUSA - Mermaid ATC on Aug 1, 2016
Comment: Thank you, Shellie, love the baby mermaid you made for me! Thank you for the extras, too! FYI you used a postcard stamp on your envelope!! No one at the post office noticed!!
Response: Ah, I did not know that design was a PC stamp because someone else sent it on an envelope and it did not get cancelled so I recycled it. ^^' I'm late to the party on any new designs for stamps because they are hard to get at my local post office. You go to the postal counter to buy stamps and are told there are none available, the staff is like where do you think you are? My post office is amazingly bad. Read the Yelp reviews for the Lawrence Avenue 60625 post office: it's pretty amusing for a catalog of human rage.
Comment: OH my gosh!!! I can't believe I didn't rate!! O.O As you know, I absolutely loved my ATC and it is hanging up in all the protective cases you sent it in above my work desk <3 You are amazing!
Response: Take care of Loki for me. I played hockey with a guy named Thor last night (actual legal name) so we'll keep it our little secret. XD Baseball card holders are good for storing ATCs. I use the collector pages and 3 inch binders to store most of mine. ☺
Poftoffel rated for RCAS ~ Star Wars ~ HD/HP ~ INT #2 on Jul 12, 2016
Comment: Ooooooh thank you so much for this envelope stuffed to the brim with awesomeness! First of all, I LOVE Ahsoka! She's gorgeous! And I laughed when I saw that The Scream was wearing headphones. Linocuts are so cool! And then I looked at the two postcards, starring my two favorite villains! You're so thoughtful! <3 And the zines....so cool! And the drawings are AWESOME, I love the lay-outs and everything...what an amazing way to tell a story. I've been to Chicago twice, in summer and spring and those visits are among my best memories ever...what a great city. I also stuff my envies to get the most of postage :D This envie was great! Thank you!!
Response: I read profiles and if I can put in some extras that are a good fit, they are in! ☺ So glad it got to you without bursting. I was really pushing it with the weight on that one. :D I often wring every penny out of a stamp.
vanneparis rated for EASU: Goddess ATC on Jul 11, 2016
Comment: Hi Shellie!! I was super excited to see that you were my partner for the swap as I knew I would receive a spectacular piece of art. You are so amazing to not only create a beautiful Bast ATC; she is one of my favorites, but also make me the awesome Flamingos which are now my favorite ATCs of all times!!! You are a Rockstar. Thank you so very much!!
Response: Merci, mon ami! The swaps don't happen without people like you hosting them, and it's work some days. Thank you for everything you do. ☺ ♥ ☺
Comment: Thank you - I always really look forward to getting a swap from you because it is always amazing. Those lovely bugs will be a treasured part of my collection.
Response: You are so welcome. I am so glad you like bugs! O__O I put a lot of time into them both. The chubby caterpillar stuffing his face might be my 'spirit animal.' :3 Basically my response to any 'all you can eat' buffet... :D
lou rated for WIYM: Make Someone's Day for 47c USA #3 on Jun 30, 2016
Comment: Many thanks for the pretty envie you made and the fun innards, too!!
Response: Thanks, Lou! I will try to think up something more fun, less practical for next time. :3 I figured you mail a lot, they would be used. ♥
Comment: Wow! You really did make my day! I've never heard of the Greek Lemon Soup, but my mom and I love Greek food, so I will definitely have to try that. The monster ATC's are perfect! "Monster Bedtime" is my favorite--his PJ's and the teddy bear, A+++++++ and I love that the necklace too! Thank you!
Response: Yay, glad it got to you in one piece. I was concerned about the envelope being strong enough to hold up with the stuffin' because I got carried away on that one. :D Let us all be grateful for the power of tape. ^^'

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AmookIslandCreations on May 5, 2017:

Thanks, so much, for the wonderful letter and special gift of whale fabric!!! I love it! More to follow. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

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anrtist on Oct 11, 2016:

THANK You for the lovely PEACOCK Button!
I am so glad you thought of me!
I appreciate it so much!

Blessings, cc

bjmonroe on Sep 23, 2016:

reader44ever on Jul 8, 2016:

Wow, Shellie! Thank you so very much for the surprise envelope full of artistic goodies! I am in awe of your talent. And I'm also really grateful for all of the example thingies you sent to me. It was so much, I'm still trying to process it all!

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miablancs on Apr 8, 2016:

Thank you so much for your awesome little package of postcards! That was so kind of you to send them to me and I love them =D. Hope you have a great weekend. Thank you for always beings such a supportive friend.

miablancs on Mar 25, 2016:

Just stopping by to wish my #1 friend Happy Easter

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