Swap-bot Time: September 18, 2019 12:48 pm


Date Joined: September 27, 2012
Last Online: September 17, 2019

Country: United States
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Back to grad school. Not much time for art. -_-

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My current HDHP ATCs for private trade - click this link!

30th Anniversary of Shark Week! Print your own free copy of a painted art zine.

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NEW! A kid-friendly free zine you can print on how to make zines, good for school teachers and librarians: How To Zine

NEW! Stop motion animation that I made for a friend: Mail Art Gnome

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 (UX,UI,IA,IxD). I volunteer with my local hackerspace / makerspace Pumping Station: One and have volunteered with Free Geek Chicago. I'm a novice ice hockey player and joined the Wilmette Cougars recreational league team.

mailbox animation

SPECIAL NOTE: I am inner city and our mail carrier hauls everything door to door on foot. If she gets caught in a rainstorm or a snowstorm, she 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 / naked.

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

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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, self-portraits, fine art, owls, Basset Hounds, abstracts, ice hockey, dinosaurs, archaeology, Japanese traditional and popular culture, black and white line art or ink art, antique cigarette and ad cards, vintage and antique postcards.

Fandom: MLPFIM, Pokémon, Netflix Voltron reboot and Castlevania reboot, Marvel Avengers, Adventure Time, Hetalia: Axis Powers, How to Train Your Dragon, Inubaka (cannot find last 6 books), Ah! My Goddess by Kosuke Fujishima, Mushishi, Fullmetal Alchemist, Poyo Poyo, G.I. Joe: Renegades, Star Wars (G1, Clone Wars & Rebels), G1 Transformers, Game of Thrones TV series (I ain't got the time to read the books), and Harry Potter series.

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

DISLIKES: Do not send any Racist Kitsch which was made to look cute but really was intended to be demeaning! Anything bigoted against POC, women, LGBTQ+, or dissing any religions or ethnicities is not welcome.

Please do not use Sharpie markers for art, they degrade badly: Sharpie markers are not art supplies

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

Fiber Destash? I have recently learned how to spin yarn and an interested in wool roving, other natural fibers and dyes if you want to swap. I knit a lot. Friend my Ravelry Account


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

Free Education & Resources

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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.


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

Digital Scrapbook

2018 Cougars

2017 Cougars WCHL Wilmette Cougars

Museum Fun Day



Comment: I LOVE this ATC. It is awesome. great artwork.
Comment: Thanks, love the ATC
Response: Glad kitty got there safely. Thank you for swapping. =^-^=
Comment: Shellie! Your drawing and painting is lovely! I adore it.
Response: Oh wow, that got there fast. :3 I am so glad you liked it! Thank you for swapping.
Comment: I am so sorry for the delay in rating this swap. I love the collage papers that you sent. I am going to put several of them in my glue book. Thank you so much for all the fun goodies.
Response: This was a super fun swap. I tried to do a range based on your profile. Thanks for joining it! <3
jannieb rated for USATC: Tree of Life ATC on Nov 26, 2018
Comment: Thank you for joining my swap & for the super special, absolutely wonderful art. You really made my day!!! Thanks for thinking of me & taking the time to make me something personal. All the best :)
Response: I had a lot of feels because of recent news. ;_; Def my tree go-to for this motif is Gustav Klimt... or something in that neighborhood. Thank you for hosting! <3
Created46 rated for AMA Sender's Choice-October on Nov 21, 2018
Comment: I am not even sure when this arrived as I only found it in the paper stack my dearest asked me if I could sort for recycling and there it was. Thank you so much for the wonderful ATC.
Response: Please recycle, but not anything I made! :# Thank you for rating! <3
Emro rated for WIYM: Halloween ATC on Nov 2, 2018
Comment: Thank you very much for the scary cute Halloween cat! <3 Also thanks for the information about zines. Now I finally know what they are. haha.
Response: Zinea are for everyone. =^-^= Join the party.
jenidleman rated for EASU: Bookpage Heart ATC Swap on Oct 22, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the great ATC and zines! Especially the duck story, so cute - and having lived in Chicago for a few years, I have very fond memories of Lincoln Park Zoo. (And not so much of winter!) :)
Response: We need winter to ice skate outside! :d Also, for running the oven for hours on end baking treats. :D
vanneparis rated for SUSA - Buddha ATC on Oct 21, 2018
Comment: Hi Shellie - Thank you so much for the beautiful Buddha ATC. I love it!! I adore all of the special goodies that you sent. I have never seen such tiny Tarot Cards and the Owl feather is so amazing. I hope you had fun with the swap. Take Care -Vanne
Response: Thank you for all of the hosting you do; it is very much appreciated! <3
colodad rated for EASU: Free Themed ATC Swap on Oct 20, 2018
Comment: Great ATCs. I am impressed with both techniques you used. I want a laser cutter! The zines are great as well. Thank you for everything.
Response: I belong to a local hackerspace / makerspace and we have two laser cutters. See if a college, library or makerspace is near you with one open to the public to use (with the right training.) Also, they are good for etching rubber for stamps. O>O You buy a particular kind of rubber for laser cutting. I probably should not have told you that... :d
sharmison33 rated for A.I. Doodle It ATC on Oct 3, 2018
Comment: Shellie your cards are amazing! You are super talented. I so wish you could have seen the boys cheering when I showed them the box tops. Thanks for making their Day and mine too!😁😁😁
Response: That's great! So glad I could help. :3
jenmcjen rated for AMA: Sender's Choice Zine on Sep 25, 2018
Comment: Whoa. What a fun envelope to open! Also, I see just by these zines, I'll be checking out your profile after I send this, that we have a lot in common. Like that SJW is NOT a dirty word! Thank you so much for these fantastic zines! I showed the Chicago winter one to my daughter who's going to college in Chicago next year - she's like, yeah, that's so Minnesota, I 'm not worried. hehe! Thank you for the generous quantity of zines! Also, you're an incredible artist!
Response: Minnesota girl will be fine. The ones from Florida... Arizona... winter is a shock. O>O lololol
Comment: Thank you for the bunny drawings! I was seeing lots around here too. I've never created a zine before. Thanks!
Response: Bunnies are adorbs. Thanks for swapping!
blanketfort rated for WIYM: Beginner Zine on Jul 18, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the amazing zines! The 'twitter on fire'-zine inspired me, the 'poor'-zine really moved me, and the 'understanding pit bulls'-zine made me smile :)
Response: So glad you like them. I am trying to get more done before the end of the year. It helps to just lock myself away from the world and draw nonstop when I get a free day.
CurlyTea rated for EASU: Goat ATC Swap on Jul 15, 2018
Comment: I love this goat atc! Thank you so very much for the love and care that you put into this swap.
Response: Yay! Goats are happy, so they bring happiness to others. :3
piratecaptainmo rated for BMAG: sushi ATC on Jul 9, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the great ATC!
Response: Thanks for hosting! :3
Comment: Thanks! Love the "zine" as well. Yes, we can see the Milky Way and zillions of stars here as there are no outside lights that interfere with "star gazing"!!
Response: Aw. I can see three stars on a good night. One is Mars. :o
Comment: Oh my stars!! I love the fabulous Llama ATC you drew. You are so talented & it is always a treat to receive an ATC from you. Thank you for the zine as well. I really enjoy them & this one is very useful. I might try my hand at it again. Thank you so much for being an awesome swap partner & for this fantastic swap :)
Response: You're welcome and thank you for rating.
Comment: Terrific card and thanks for the zine as well. That is a whole new world to me. Wow, great stuff. BTW, envelope was slit completely open when I got it from the mailbox. Looks like I got everything but thought you should know.
Response: Talk to the manager at your post office. I get that around the holidays and I think it is temps looking for money or gift cards to steal. >:( Glad the items arrived though!
Comment: Your story sounds very similar to mine, if you add bikers and Harleys into it! :-)

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Itti on Jul 9, 2019:

As an amazing artist and dino & marine animal lover I thought you might be interested in joining Scales 'n' Tails? We'd be honoured to have you!

smadronia on Jan 1, 2019:

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May your 2019 be better than 2018, and your best year yet!


AmookIslandCreations on Nov 20, 2018:

anrtist on Nov 14, 2018:

Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Blessings, cc

lou on Dec 11, 2017:

Happy Holidays!

AmookIslandCreations on Nov 18, 2017:

Shellie! Thanks so much for the beautiful quilting and paper art magazines! I will share them with my Quilting Class! Your generosity overwhelms me! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!! The fabric will be greatly appreciated too. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

lou on Jun 29, 2017:

Welcome back!

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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