Swap-bot Time: December 11, 2019 1:46 pm


Date Joined: September 27, 2012
Last Online: December 5, 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.

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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.

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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



BLUR rated for 2:2 Artistic Drawing ATCs for You on Dec 9, 2019
Comment: Absolutely LOVE the ATCs! Especially YOSHI ♡♡ Thank you for a great swap!
orneryswife rated for AI: 5x7 Mixed Media Abstract on Dec 2, 2019
Comment: Thank you.
vlhafer54 rated for Fall MUG Rug on Nov 21, 2019
Comment: I love the mug rug and the choice of fabrics is great, back & front. Thank you for the great zines, too!
Response: Yay, so glad you liked it. :)
Comment: Thank you for the outstanding ATC. You have talent!! I love the red envelope and the little stencil too. Very nice swap!
Response: So glad you liked all of it!
squince rated for WIYM: Half Dozen PC Swap USA #2 on Nov 14, 2019
Comment: Loved the vintage card!
Response: Thank you for joining my swap! <3
Luvslife3 rated for WIYM: Half Dozen PC Swap USA #2 on Nov 13, 2019
Comment: Love the PC! thank you for the joy! I didn't know this about chrysanthemums!!
Response: Thank you for joining my swap! <3
RAINDARGON rated for USATC: Free Theme ATC Swap Nov. on Nov 12, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the fantastic dragon atc and extras.🐉
Response: So glad you like it! <3
Comment: Oh my. What a special PC. Just stunning vintage -- REAL vintage. And you sent it in an envie. Very thoughtful. FAB swap -- thank you so much!
Response: So glad you like it <3 thank you for joining my swap.
Amyncognito rated for WIYM: Half Dozen PC Swap USA #2 on Nov 12, 2019
Comment: Love the seahorse card!
Response: Thank you for joining my swap! =^-^=
justmesks rated for WIYM: Half Dozen PC Swap USA #2 on Nov 12, 2019
Comment: Thank you
Response: Thank you for joining my swap! <3
suepier rated for WIYM: Half Dozen PC Swap - USA on Nov 1, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard from Indiana Dunes N.P.
Response: You;re very welcome! There are many hiking trails there in addition to the beaches. Very lovely!
Coss rated for SITU Non-Touristy PC #2 on Oct 28, 2019
Comment: Loved your postcard. Thanks so much. The fall colors are coming to their peak this week. Light are up, just not turned on. Come on down!
Response: I want to but school has me tied up! ;_; Send pictures if you go.
squince rated for WIYM: Half Dozen PC Swap - USA on Oct 16, 2019
Comment: Thanks!
Response: Thank you for joining my swap!
Amyncognito rated for WIYM: Half Dozen PC Swap - USA on Oct 16, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the cool stained glass card (and matching stamps!) and apple stamp for my collection!
Response: We have a lot of Tiffany work just in the downtown area. It is so lovely in person! Thank you for joining my swap.
Comment: Love the Chicago postcard! And that Apple $.33 stamp is so great. Hope you can visit SF one of these days! Micaela❤️😊
Response: Thank you for joining my swap! <3
BrendaB rated for TAG~ mystery supplies + yours on Oct 12, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the gorgeous tag :D
Response: So glad that it got there safely! That is one of the most fragile things I have ever tried to mail in an envelope. <3
Cgscdy rated for EASU: Hand Drawn HALLOWEEN ATC Swap on Oct 11, 2019
Comment: I LOVE it!!! Mimikyu is the perfect Halloween pokemon. Too cute. Also love all the goodies(that $ is so cute) and a zine!!! I had never received one until yesterday and fell in love with them than got yours today I am so happy love it as well. Thanks again!
Response: Mimikyu wants to go Trick or Treat this year! The money is for burning at a Chinese fire festival so relatives can benefit. You can burn an imitation of something (like money) and it is still good. I guess the American Chinatown versions are a bit snarky or ironic. There are also sheets of rice paper with gold leaf on it for an upgrade or for the ancient ancestors, not sure of all the details except that it sends gold to the afterlife. Hopefully this means those in the afterlife do not have credit debt. :3
Dinkyde rated for WIYM: Half Dozen PC Swap - USA on Oct 11, 2019
Comment: Beautiful card, thanks!!
Response: Thank you for joining my swap!
Larina rated for Inktober HDHP 2:2 ATC USA Swap on Oct 10, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for the super cute bunnies!!! I love them! You are so talented! Thanks so much for the amazing stickers too! I must admit when I saw the stickers my jaw hit the floor! They're beautiful!
Response: The bunnies are Japanese brush pen. I like the Pentel one since it can be refilled; the Kuretake are disposable. The stickers are washi paper Japanese imports except for the Kizuki restaurant summer festival logo. :3
Ukucaitie rated for WIYM: Half Dozen PC Swap - USA on Oct 9, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the sea dragon postcard! so cool! :) Thanks for the great swap!
Response: They are in a specific, smaller tank at the aquarium and last time I was there, I noticed people walking past it. I stopped them and I was like "Have you SEEN THESE??" They were amazed. You have to look for them but one you spot one you can spot the rest. :3

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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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