Swap-bot Time: September 26, 2022 3:27 pm


Date Joined: April 11, 2012
Last Online: January 6, 2019
Birthday: January 9
Country: United Kingdom
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About Me

I love trying out new crafts! I am hoping that I will discover lots of new things to do here. Already I have been introduced to minizines, beaded spiders, ATCs and whimsey jars. Awesome! More, please! ;)

Things I like to do include:

pencil sketching
ink drawings
watercolour and acrylic painting
hand-carved rubber stamps
paper cutting
cross-stitch and other embroidery
making tiny felt brooches
button-badge making
sewing tiny things from felt and cotton
mini zines

Additionally, I do life drawing quite regularly and sometimes I have the inspiration to write a poem. I love to sing at home, sometimes badly on purpose just because it's funny. I wish I had a karaoke machine.

Music artists I like include Queen, Lana Del Ray, The Aquabats, Michael Jackson and The Magnetic Fields. To name a few.

I'm not as big a reader as I used to be but I still enjoy Terry Pratchett, Ben Elton, and JK Rowling's creative output.

My favourite film of all time is The Rocky Horror Picture show, I've seen it at least 50 times on video and been to the stage show a few times. Others include Amelie, Run Lola Run, Avatar, Fish Story and Ponyo. I was really into kung fu for a few years (I actually got quite good! Lost it all now though) and I love the films by Jackie Chan, which inspired me to begin.

I like things that are bohemian, humorous, colourful, gothic, useful, indie, natural, eco-friendly, kind, mint-smelling, Death Note related, green, blue, purple, thoughtful, irreverant, pretty, skull-themed, carefree, earthy, animal-friendly, black, hippy-ish, unusual, upcycled and cute. But not necessarily all at once :P

some of my etsy favourites

Things I would love to recieve
old maps
stickers (I use them to help seal envelopes)
old / new measuring tapes
odd buttons (especially if they're wooden or fancy)
lampwork beads
origami papers
herbal teas (not a fan of black or green) especially flavors like cinnemon, fennel and chai
Mexican Day of the Dead decorated skulls
fun cupcake cases / flags
handmade fabric bunting
funky writing paper/envelope sets
interesting fabrics

Things I wouldn't like to recieve include:
leather or fur
products tested on animals

I have been drawing and making and imagining all my life and from infant school art was always the subject that brought most out of me.

I followed an art education path though college, a foundation degree and university because I couldn't see myself seriously doing anything else as my main life focus. Uni was ... not brilliant. I did Graphics & Illustration and guess what? Turns out Graphics is really no fun. I left with a huge debt and not much to show for it as the course turned out to be a 'go away and teach yourself' arrangement for the most part. I'm not bitter... /:(

While at uni I created my 'JaguarSnail' artist name to work under. I think it suits me because I always like to do a mix of things, so two very different animals scientifically combined seemed apt. Also, check out the adorable logo!

I quit my night job and got a better job at a cafe :D this still gives me time to get on with my arts and crafts. My fiancee (and partner of 13 years) was cheating on me so I had to break up with him. I now have my own flat with a lovely couple upstairs and a nice guy below me (and an idiot who plays loud music at night next to me) I have updated my address on swapbot so if you wrote down my old address please note down the new one! Also the cafe went under so I had to get a job in a callcenter. It's 40 hours a week which is more than I've been used to before so I've cut back on how many of my own crafty projects I get to do, still keeping my hand in though.


Comment: Cricketbat? Too funny. Thanks!
Comment: Thanks for the zine, homemade envelope, and blackout poetry.
Comment: Fabulous envelope, Britta. And good words, too. Thanks!
dvmac rated for HCSI: Halloween themed postcard on Nov 1, 2016
Comment: Hi Britta. So happy to get your card. So those jokes are why the jack-o-lanterns are all laughing? They have a terrible sense of humor! Seriously, the pumpkins are just great. Thanks!
rngstgstll rated for ZMACS 1 Oct: Shadow Story on Oct 23, 2016
Comment: Oh, how beautiful! I had to admire the stamps and take a picture of the wrapping before I opened it. The puppets are amazing! My daughter and I were particularly fond of Wolf and Granny -- we think that they should do a traveling revue with Woodcutter and Hood as the backup singers. Thanks for having fun with this swap -- I'd love to set up another one but I know how incredibly labor intensive it was :)
Comment: Like your ocean but like your linocut more, thanks for sharing it with me. The frog is great, don't think I could do that either.
Comment: Received My Pet Polymorph zine. It looks great so far!
Comment: Loved it all, especially the music sheet envelope and UK stamps. Loved your zines and your extras too! Great private swap! Let's do it again! ;0D xoxo
Wingy rated for Zine-Go-Round Round 25 on Aug 10, 2016
Comment: Thank you. Recvd Song lyric zine
samjowers rated for Zine-Go-Round & Round & Round 23 on Jun 8, 2016
Comment: Excellent face! She looks angry so I decide to put hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on my page next to her! Lol! Thank you so much for the eyeball postage stamps I LOVE them and they will go into a piece ofart!
HelloWheeze rated for INTL-Kandinsky Circles March on May 25, 2016
Comment: Thank you! I like the tones, and I never would have thought of doing it as a collage!
GinaVisione rated for TPS: Mail Art - February 2016 on Mar 8, 2016
Comment: Fun Gelli print! Thank you :D
Response: thanks glad you liked it :)
sjayana20 rated for Kandinsky Circles February on Mar 5, 2016
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely gelli Kandinsky circles you've made ☺️😇 it's really beautiful ❤️💌
Response: glad you like it! :)
neslihandalga rated for ZINE: Birds on Feb 26, 2016
Comment: Thank you very much for your mail! It made my day :) Your zine is perfect! I also loved the envelope. Thank you again :)
Response: aww thank you! I'm glad you liked it so much! :)
Twizzle rated for Collaged Animal PC on Feb 24, 2016
Comment: I love cats- of all sizes! It's so cute thanks!
Response: glad you enjoyed it :)
SwissChallet rated for Easter Card on Feb 24, 2016
Comment: Thanks for your lovely postcard, Britta! It's nice to hear from you again. Those postcard stickers are really clever: I might try scanning some vintage postcards to make some. As for spring, we'll have to wait a bit more: the temperatures dropped below zero again and it's been snowing all afternoon!
Response: oh no I'm sorry you still have such cold weather! It's chilly here but the sunshine is increasing and trees have started blossoming. I'm happy you liked your card :)
bigmamabird rated for ZINE: Birds on Feb 20, 2016
Comment: Thanks so much for your cute zine! The envelope is so cool...I really love Jonathan Livingston Seagull..! Your cockatoo is gorgeous and your owl stamp so cute..!
Response: aww thank you! :)
Comment: Love your idea! Thank you, I'm really excited about this!
Response: thanks! Looking forward to seeing how everyone fills it in :D
penelopesamuel rated for TPS: Painterly Handmade PC on Feb 18, 2016
Comment: Thank you, Britta, for the wonderful painterly postcard! I can definitely visualize seaweed when I look at it. I like the parts that are a darker overlap around the edges. It makes me think those parts are underwater. This is a new technique to me, also!
Response: thanks :) glad you liked it!
Stargazer008 rated for ZINE: Birds on Feb 13, 2016
Comment: Thank you for your bird zine. By the way what a great envelope!!!
Response: thanks! I have so many crafty papers I'm hoarding, I'm making an effort to use it all bit by bit! Glad you liked the zine :)

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RyeRye on Jun 29, 2016:

Thanks for joining Inspiration Station~

bigmamabird on Oct 27, 2015:

The fun altered magazine images for the ZMACS forum swap arrived today... Many thanks! My favorite parts are that you made stamps to use for it and the eyes and glasses around the address! Swap ya later, Carroll

hollycm6 on Sep 2, 2015:

Thank you for the very many postage stamps. I love them!!!!! :-)

penelopesamuel on Aug 18, 2015:

Hi, Britta! You'll never guess what came in today's mail...the beautiful postcard you made for the April WTA in The print Shop group. There was a huge sticker on the front of it saying you hadn't put enough airmail postage on it, so they diverted it to an alternative service. Anyway, the postcard is lovely and in excellent condition considering the amount of time it's been on the road! And I absolutely adore the postage stamp you used (Me and My Girl). Thank you!!

bigmamabird on Apr 27, 2015:

Thanks for the lovely little stamps for the ZMACS PIF tag...I particularly like the skull and the airmail bird with his little hat! They are all such small stamps, I should really practice more...Happy Spring!

wyrdfae on Feb 19, 2015:

Thank you for the wonderful zines!

Wingy on Jan 22, 2015:

OMG thank you so much for the Amazing Mail Art postcard....smart and beautiful postage stamps to form the rainbow colors... i absolutely love this card.. thank you for sharing your art with me..

rngstgstll on Nov 13, 2014:

Thank you! The envelope and label are awesome, as usual -- I am always so excited to see what you come up with! The pirate ballerina is my happy desk-brightening art at work, and I get a comment on it almost every week :)

hazelwitch3 on Jul 9, 2014:

And a Midlands high five back to you! Thanks very much for the lovely washi tape samples.

soyprincesa2 on Jul 7, 2014:

I just received the Swap-bot postcard. So nice to read what you have been up to lately and I love the postcard. Thanks so much. You are awesome!

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