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couchart

couchart
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Last Online: October 18, 2017
Birthday: February 18
Country: United States
Drawn & Painted Artwork
Mixed Media Collage
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ABOUT ME

Last Updated on 5/31/2017

CURRENT STATUS: I am currently in the process of remodeling and all of my supplies are packed away, so I have been inactive on Swap-Bot for a while. Once I have things back in order, I hope to get back to swapping. Until then, have a great time! Cynthia


Greetings. My name is Cynthia (or Cindy if you prefer) and I can usually be found somewhere around here.

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I work as a legal analyst by day and I create artwork in my spare time when I have the energy and inclination. I usually go by the moniker of Ashazart at other trading sites such as IllustratedATCS, ATCsforAll, International Union of Mail Artists (IUOMA), PostCrossing, WeMakeZines, just to name a few. Here at Swap-Bot, I enjoy swapping things such as postcards, collage supplies, ephemera, papers, and I have found some great pen-pals here as well, both of the electronic and snail mail variety.
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For 13 1/2 years, I lived with a wonderful companion named Asha. I really miss Asha. She was the best friend I could ever imagine. Here is a portrait I did of her a while before she passed away.
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If you are interested in seeing more of my paintings and drawings, you may view it at my WEBSITE and you can see some of my collaged pieces on FLICKR. I have also included a few examples below. I mostly enjoy drawing and painting, but I also do mixed media collage when the mood strikes. I generally work in either a pseudo-realistic or surrealistic style. I also do abstracts upon occasion. I especially enjoy depicting subjects that are "bent" or unusual, or that view something familiar from a different perspective.
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MY ARTWORK

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Examples of Representational Drawings:

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Examples of Surrealistic Drawings:

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Examples of Mixed Media Collages:

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THINGS I LIKE

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I am pretty open with respect to themes and styles, but please see my "Things I Can Live Without" section below. I am not easily offended, so feel free to send me your wild and weird things, the stuff you might hesitate to send someone else. In fact, I really enjoy the odd, rare, out of the normal type of swapping experience, so really, hit me with your best shot! .

Art:

These days, my taste in art tends towards surrealistic art, but I also really enjoy representational art, including photo-realism. I also like colorful folk art when it is done well and primitive art can be very cool. Fantasy art can be interesting, and off-beat and weird subjects often really bowl me over. I enjoy receiving original artwork and postcards reflecting unique art. .

Ephemera & Paper Goods:

I enjoy vintage and/or interesting ephemera and distressed items can be very cool. I have a big paper fetish and I love really interesting paper, whether it be marbled, paste paper, handmade, fancy decorated or old book liner pages. These types of papers, as well as antique wallpaper, old correspondence, ledger pages, patent book pages, diagrams, black and white illustrations or prints, maps, foreign language in cool fonts, old postage stamps, vintage and art postcards, etc. are always welcome. .

Colors:

I enjoy most colors and color combinations, so make it easy on yourself here; but, if I had to choose one color I could do without, it would probably be pink, especially hot pink.

Speaking of colors, when I am shopping online for ephemera, I often find myself drawn to collections that are focused on a single color, like when sellers put together say, 20 or 30 or 50 different paper items that are all in the blue family or red family or green or beige or yellow. It is just visually fun for me and it, well, tickles me. And, even though I may already have examples of everything being sold in those collections, I will sometimes break down and buy them anyway, just because I like how the color collection was put together. So, I suppose, if you are sending me a bunch of stuff and you have a number of items in the same color family and you wanted to present them in some way as a little collection, you can rest assured that I will be tickled when I see it. This is absolutely not anything I would expect anyone to do who has me as a swap partner. I am just adding this information because this is my "Likes" section and it is something I like. I always feel a little bad for my partners that I don't have a long list of subjects or topics that I collect like so many folks here do and which probably makes it easier on their partners to find things for them. Sorry about that! .
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POSTCARDS

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General Postcard Preferences:

I like both modern and vintage postcards in all sizes. I don't mind if they are purchased from brick and mortar stores, from online vendors or commercially made via online sites like Zazzle, Redbubble, etc. If the quality and content is good, I don't care how it came into being (a rose is a rose is a rose...).

I tend to join both single card swaps and swaps that involve sending several postcards, especially ones that are challenges and scavenger hunts. For single card swaps, I am fine both with receiving the card naked and written on or blank in an envelope, whichever suits you. But, if you are sending it to me naked and written, I would really like it if you would write more than just your ID and the swap name. I feel like I am getting to know the regular postcard swappers through these swaps and so I tend to enjoy what the person writes, oftentimes a lot more than the postcard itself. I guess I don't swap postcards so much to build a collection, but more just to make some friendly connections. So, if you are feeling friendly, please share an observation or two. :-)

Subject Matter Preferences:

I find myself buying a lot of postcards that depict things that tend towards the surreal or humorously strange. Okay, I also go for the downright odd or seriously weird. So, if you have cards like that and you don't know where to send them, I'm your gal! In addition, I love cards showing interesting art or photography. Please note that I am not offended at all by nudes or subjects some might consider inappropriate. Make my postal carrier's day with something odd or risque! I am not into postcards that are cute or sweet or religious, but beautiful and/or interesting cards come in many topics, so I keep an open mind about these things. I thought I would try listing various topical items and see what happens. So, if you are looking for specific suggestions, feel free to peruse the lists down below. But, please don't feel tied to these lists as I don't really collect particular themes.

Touristy Postcards:

It seems that I have been inundated with lots of touristy type postcards in the swaps I have joined and they aren't what get me really excited. I have plenty, really! So, if the swap is not one that specifically calls for touristy cards and you can find it in your heart to send me something other than a tourist type postcard, I will be very grateful!

Prints of My Artwork:

I sometimes make hand-made postcards (both collaged and drawn or painted), which I trade with others privately. I also have postcards and ATC prints made of my artwork to share with friends and trade partners. I have these postcards commercially made, so the quality of the postcards themselves is quite good. The quality of the content I leave for the viewer to decide. :-) They are not made as any sort of advertisement for commercial purposes. If I include one of these postcards or ATC prints in a swap, it will generally be included as an extra gift or a sender's choice item or it is for a swap that would call for such an item. It is meant just to be something I am sharing of myself and I hope you will accept it in the spirit it is given. .
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Topical Inspiration:

 TONE    

surreal ~ bizarre ~ strange ~ weird ~ off-beat ~ wild ~ twisted ~ odd ~ humorous ~ sarcastic ~ flamboyant ~ quirky ~ dark-themed ~ melancholy ~ sad ~ stark ~ moody ~ vibrant ~ spirited ~ dreamy ~ fantastical ~ mythological ~ mystical ~ unusual ~ state-of-being

  PLACES         

carnivals ~ circus ~ strange-gatherings ~ performance ~ vistas ~ cliffs ~ canyons ~ mountains ~ rock-formations ~ water ~ waterfalls ~ oceans ~ rivers ~ geysers ~ lakes ~ pools ~ paths ~ parks ~ gardens ~ fountains ~ architecture ~ beautiful-buildings ~ castles ~ ruins

 OBJECTS      

sculpture ~ statues ~ mannequins ~ hot-air-balloons ~ kites ~ windmills ~ buttons ~ book-related ~ bicycles ~ kites ~ jukeboxes ~ keys ~ locks ~ postal-related ~ quilts ~ quills ~ lace ~ knots ~ embroidery ~ tapestry ~ textiles ~ mosaics ~ pottery ~ umbrellas ~ hats ~ shoes ~ jewelry ~ phones ~ cameras ~ typewriters ~ jukeboxes ~ shells ~ globes ~ signs ~ doors ~ arches ~ towers ~ columns

 NATURE         

cactus ~ succulents ~ plants ~ flowers ~ trees ~ nests ~ eggs ~ feathers ~ rocks ~ boulders ~ dusk ~ dawn ~ moons ~ mushrooms ~ aerial views ~ elements ~ fire ~ ice ~ water ~ wind ~ snow

 BEINGS AND CRITTERS         

clowns (especially evil or strange) ~ dragons ~ gargoyles ~ monsters ~ dinosaurs ~ aliens ~ fantastical-creatures ~ interesting-faces ~ flamingos ~ owls ~ eagles ~ falcons ~ peacocks ~ insects ~ wolves ~ foxes ~ coyotes ~ dogs  ~ hares ~ rabbits ~ reptiles ~ lizards ~ snakes ~ iguanas ~ frogs ~ vipers ~ panthers ~ tigers ~ cougars ~ leopards ~ lions ~ zebras ~ horses ~ body-parts (not as in serial killer, just as focus is on some part of the body) ~ people working

THINGS I CAN LIVE WITHOUT

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The following paragraphs describe the types of things that I can live without. This doesn't mean you cannot send me these types of items, but I will simply put them in my destash box and move them along as quickly as possible in the hopes that they will find a more welcoming home. No offense to anyone who does enjoy these types of things, they just don't float my boat. ;-)

I don't have much interest or use for things that would be described as cute or sweet (examples are Disney characters, Hello Kitty, Kawaii, or similar types of items), holiday themed items (unless the swap is holiday themed), religious themed items, or things containing affirmations or words like Believe, Beauty, Dream, etc. I don't really have any use for glitter or sequins, or paper or other materials that have glitter or sequins on them.

Also, I don't really have much current use for the 3-D objects that people tend to use for craft projects and assemblage art (think trinkets such as game pieces, dice, puzzle pieces, and the like). I collected a bunch of that kind of supply when I thought I might try assemblage art, but it has never happened and so I have plenty of that kind of stuff lurking around that I never use.
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RATINGS & DATES

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I am a very reliable trader/swapper and I have been trading online for over 12 years now. It would take a major catastrophe to occur for me not to fulfill any commitments I have made. Typically, I send out my items on the day of, or within a day of, the partner assignments, so if I am your partner in a swap or trade and you have not received the swap item from me as soon as you might expect for it to get from Topeka, Kansas in the U.S. to wherever you live, please be sure to contact me. I've only had a couple of my swap items go AWOL in all the years I've been trading and I have always made it right with a resend.

I also leave a rating for my partners upon receiving my trade/swap items and I appreciate receiving ratings and comments in return. And, as just an optional thing that helps me out, if you are in total love with something I sent you (yay!), I would be delighted if you could briefly describe what the item is in your comments to help jog my poor old memory. It helps me to know what sorts of items are the big hits, but I send out so many things to so many people (which I don't usually log in any really descriptive way because it makes swapping too much of a chore), that I don't always know what I did to earn the love. So, I am glad to know I did something really right, but I'd also like to know exactly what it was! Who knows, maybe I would do it again! :-)

NOTE: Beginning with my February 2015 swaps, I am going to start trying to remember to take photos of what I send out, if only so I can keep track a little better. I have added a link (see above) to my Swap-Bot Folder on the Photobucket site, so if you are curious about the sorts of things I send, feel free to take a look. If you are my partner and want to be surprised, beware of looking, as you may spoil your surprise.
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Ratings

simcoe54 rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #121 on Dec 19, 2016
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Comment: Great selection of postcards. Thank you and Happy Holidays!
Response: I am glad you like the cards and happy holidays to you too! Also, thanks for the heart!
isabellasnow rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #121 on Dec 16, 2016
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Comment: Hi Cynthia! Wow, wow, wow! Thank you not only for the lovely cards you chose but for the amazing letter and extra goodies! I just loved reading your letter and will write back shortly. Your package was like an early Christmas gift!
Response: Hi Kristy, I am glad it arrived safely and that you liked the contents! I look forward to hearing back from you and I won't take so long next time! Thanks for the heart too!
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely selection, as always! One of my favorites is the never been there. So beautiful! The heart loteria pc is really cool. I wonder if they make the whole set into pcs...?! Thanks for sending extras, very sweet! 🐩
Response: I am so happy that you were pleased with the cards I sent and thanks for the heart!
swap4fun rated for 5 postcards in an envelope #5 on Aug 16, 2016
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Comment: Thank you! :-)
Response: Thanks and have a great holiday season!
Dada rated for PS: couchart & dada on Jul 12, 2016
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Comment: ++++hearts for you! Thanks for the lovely selection of artsy cards and extras (cheers to spice and quotable quotes!). :)
Response: I am glad it arrived and that you like what I sent. Thank you for the heart and have a great week!
kacka rated for Animal Scavenger Hunt on Jun 19, 2016
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Comment: thank you, the cards are so lovely:)
Response: I am glad you were happy with the cards and thank you very much for the heart!
EmilyT rated for WIYM: "A" Scavenger Hunt on Jun 6, 2016
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Comment: Thank you for the exciting election I've several favorites may be my very very favorite is the aerial view such a unique sunlight photograph of New York
Response: Oh, I am so happy you like the cards. Thanks very much for giving me a heart! Happy week, Cynthia
dawnakaulen rated for PTG: "D & E" Are For on Jun 1, 2016
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Comment: Thank you!
Response: You are welcome and thank you for the heart! Cynthia
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Comment: Many thanks for your art swap with extra cards! I think it's a great idea to have an art swap. Nice to get to know a new artist. I love the black and white pc from Gustave Doré. I did not know that artist yet. And I love your envie :-)
Response: I am glad you enjoyed this swap and I appreciate you joining! Thanks also for the heart and have a super week! Cynthia
mitsugi rated for Postcard Destash Swap #4 on May 31, 2016
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Comment: Hi Cynthia/Cindy! I love most of the cards you chose!!!! Truly! And I do love that this swap gives umm... rejected cards a chance at a new life! Haha. And thank you for the stamps! I haven't seen these yet! <3 <3 What a lovely envelope you put together! :)
Response: I am glad you were pleased with the cards I sent and thank you for the heart and kind words! Cynthia
simcoe54 rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #107 on May 27, 2016
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Comment: Thanks for another great postcard swap. Have a great weekend.
Response: You are welcome and thank you for the heart and good wishes! May your weekend be glorious! Cynthia
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Comment: Thanks for the Fabulous PC's. and the extras are great! Jennifer
Response: You are welcome and thank you for the heart. It is appreciated! Cynthia
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Comment: Ah, Cynthia, what an appealing selection of postcards you've sent. Lucky me to have you as a partner for this clever swap you came up with. I'm particularly fond of the pensive man & the contented twosome, but all your choices were perfect. You're right, we do indeed have similar tastes. The reason I'm still in SW Florida is that I injured my back in the move from my island home (too many heavy boxes of books, methinks!) & the resulting sciatica has kept me relatively grounded. Boring!
Response: I am happy that you were pleased with the cards and thank you for the heart! Gosh, that is too bad about your back and its effect on your plans! I too have a bad back and I know how it can alter one's activities. Boxes of books are such problem causers, and yet I don't want to switch to an e-reader. I guess that means I won't be moving either! :) Have a great weekend, Cynthia
rexypants rated for Send Me 4 Postcards - # 2 on May 26, 2016
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Comment: Hi Cynthia - Thanks very much for ALL the postcards! Great old time rail PC and Rio Grande stamp. :D
Response: Wonderful, glad they were a hit! Thanks so much for the heart! Cynthia
zanetheakong rated for Blue Postcard Swap on May 24, 2016
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Comment: the blue is gorgeous! thank you!
Response: Glad you liked it and thanks for rating!
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Comment: Such a beautiful & striking envelope! Nice postcards, too - thanks for extras. My very favorite is the Mount Ranier poster card to add to my National Park collection!
Response: I am glad to have added something to your National Park collection and thank you for the heart!
goinjenny rated for PS: couchart & goinjenny on May 23, 2016
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Comment: Love, love, love everything. Thank you
Response: I am glad you liked what I sent and thanks for the heart!
susieq11 rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #107 on May 20, 2016
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Comment: I LOVE THESE! You send me the best postcards, thank you! And thanks for the extras!!! Hope your meeting went well and now TGIF!!! : )
Response: Hi Susan, I am happy that you are happy with the cards I sent. Thanks for the good meeting wishes and for the heart! I survived! :) Cynthia
kacka rated for Five from Five on May 20, 2016
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Comment: thank you for a super selection, all the cards are very nice
Response: You are welcome and thank you for the heart! Cynthia
EmilyT rated for PTG: Animal Scavenger Hunt #2 on May 18, 2016
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Comment: Thanks so much again for all the beautiful cards I do love them all my very favorite is the dog with her puppies the bunny and chick and then the rooster one you wrote the note on! Thanks for the extras, too. I do like them all!
Response: The rooster note card was what I hoped you would notice. I saw it and thought "YES!" So glad it fit and thank you for the heart! Cynthia

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Comments

bjmonroe on Nov 21, 2016:

bjmonroe on Oct 30, 2016:

bjmonroe on Sep 22, 2016:

RyeRye on Jul 2, 2016:

Inspiration Station~

RyeRye on Jun 23, 2016:

Thanks for joining Inspiration Station!

EmilyT on May 18, 2016:

Thanks also for making a fun map envelope to send the postcards in, that's cool!

owlsinathens on May 18, 2016:

Actually, I'd love to keep them all in my collection. But I have to be selective now sigh Thanks again!

susieq11 on May 4, 2016:

Letter headed your way!!!!! : D

bbsporty on Apr 16, 2016:

What a wonderful surprise I found in my mailbox!!! Thank you so much for the RAK of ephemera and stickers! I especially love the atc that you included! It is so beautiful! I love fantasy and science fiction so this card is right up my ally!

susieq11 on Apr 15, 2016:

You spoiled me once again with so many (!) beautiful postcards! The poodle is darling! They're all perfect! : )

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