Swap-bot Time: November 13, 2018 7:39 pm


Date Joined: April 28, 2014
Last Online: November 13, 2018
Birthday: October 5, 1949
Country: United States

About Me

under construction . . . .

I started doing mail-art and swaps in 2008, mainly black pen and color marker ATCs until I joined Swap-bot 3 1/2 years ago and ventured into other forms of mail-art (postcards, zines) and other sorts of image types, like multi-media, rubber stamping, and collage. Here is a list of some of the kinds of art I make:

DRAWING - black pens like Micron, black brush pen, color markers, colored pencils

ABSTRACT - most of my work is abstract. Wikipedia says "Abstract art uses a visual language of shape, form, color and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world." I love geometric abstract most of all.

CONSTRUCTIONS - (cardstock or thin cardboard) of geometric solids, boxes, small chests-of-drawers, etc.

STAMP CARVING - I love making my own stamps. I started doing it because I can't afford to buy them, and I now have a very large collection which grows every month. I need to seriously think about stamp storage other than tossing them in a plastic bin.

PAPER COLLAGE - I love paper collage! I collect and use images, words and phrases, textures, color, and all kinds of bits from junk mail, magazines and books.

ZINES/SMALL BOOKS - I don't do as much of this as I would like, but I could get serious about it and do more.

QUILLING (paper rolling) - Sometimes . . . .

PAINTING - acrylic, watercolor, gouache . . . not as much as I'd like to do

DIGITAL/COMPUTER - some digital collage, computer art, page design, etc.

LIKES - - - -

  • Sacred Geometry - geometric designs - shapes and Euclidean solids, Exploring hyper dimensional geometry of space time
  • Balance and Harmony in all expressions
  • Imagination and Creativity
  • Gratitude, Kindness, Love, Tolerance, Cheerfulness, Sincerity, Responsibility, etc. (good character)
  • LIFE - People/humanity/cultures, animals, plants, earth, rocks/minerals, sky, sun, moon, planets, history, math and sciences - physics, chemistry, biology, geology, geography, astronomy, cosmos/cosmic, inner life and exploration
  • ALL COLOR - bold colors - pale colors - muted colors - ANY AND ALL colors in the right time and place. My favorites include deep cobalt blue, shades of teal and turquois, and deep rich purple.
  • Abstract art, Watercolors, Retro Space and Sci-Fi, Retro/Vintage mid-century-modern graphic design, fabric, decor, especially Atomic, Space, Googie, Kitsch
  • Quiet and being alone - just me and the sounds of life in the house and neighborhood.
  • Study of awareness, consciousness, existence, mindfulness, dreaming, lucid dreaming, day dreaming, mystical, mythical, esoteric, Spirit
  • Internet surfing, image collecting, YouTube, curious minds want to know, information junkie
  • Current music, TV, etc. - Sigur Ros/Jonsi, Imogen Heap, Dave Brubeck, Laurie Anderson, many kinds of instrumental jazz, Budapest Scoring Orchestra, documentaries, The Good Place, The Good Doctor, Young Sheldon, Big Bang Theory, Will & Grace,

Dislikes - - - -

ALL that is mean, horrifying, misogynistic, insensitive, thoughtless, narrow minded, bigoted, maliciously deceptive, and grotesque (notwithstanding Equisite Corpse).

Namaste. Baraka Bashad.


taledo rated for IS Book Mark on Nov 11, 2018
Comment: OMG. Thank you for the awesome bookmark and the beautiful tissue paper that you sent.
Aladyjackson rated for FCMA: Washi Tape COVERED on Nov 10, 2018
Comment: What a pretty envelope! And cool washi tape! Thank you! And I totally understand what you mean about the washi tape addiction being so expensive! Iโ€™ve got over 100 rolls! I had to stop the madness at some point but I didnโ€™t want to! ๐Ÿค—
luluvision rated for HCSI: Halloween themed PC on Nov 8, 2018
Comment: Thank you for a fantastic Halloween postcard! I am in awe of your carving skills! They are top notch! (Do you use a speedball or Pfeil lino cutter? I've been debating about trying out a Pfeil!)
madebymimi rated for ISS: Mail Art #6 - Space on Nov 3, 2018
Comment: What fantastic mail art, thank you! A real pleasure to receive. I really like your instagram too, so funny to have stumbled spin the mail there! Sorry for the late rating, Michelle x
Angie rated for CC: Animal with wings on Nov 1, 2018
Comment: Way cool postcard Grace! Yes, it arrived lovely and fully intact. Thank you so much!
Response: Hi Angie :-) . . . Thanks and YAY !. . . . I'm SO VERY happy it arrived at all. Sadly, today I received a handmade postcard that was missing the entire collage! The whole front of the card separated from the back, just like what happened to mine before I repaired it, but I can see that this person only used a few sticky dots to hold it to the back of the card. Mail processing can be so brutal to handmade art you gotta prepare it for battle. Many times I have purposely made a postcard completely rigid and applied extra non-machinable postage so it could avoid the machining process. It's just what you gotta do sometimes since many people insist "naked" mail is somehow better than intact art. Um, I think I'm done ranting now LOL
Bananers rated for USATC: Free Themed ATC Swap on Nov 1, 2018
Comment: Such a wonderful ATC! The colors are wonderful!
Response: Hi Juli :-) . . . Yay!! I was hoping you'd like the colors of the ATC, it's one of the reasons I remembered and picked it out from my personal art collection for you. Cool Beans :-)
DaisyNY rated for ZZ~ USA Zine-Go-Round 5 on Oct 29, 2018
Comment: It's too late now to hide your zine to keep you from quitting...I really like your work. But I know what you mean - we need more people in the group swaps.
Response: Thanks for the heart :-) <3 No worries, I'll probably join another A&P zine swap because I do like them.
stephiedee rated for CUCrew: Tactile Collage on Oct 27, 2018
Comment: Well, Grace...you might be "meh" over this piece, but I think it's AWESOME. I really love the space imagery and colors - it almost reminds me of some 70s sci-fi book art. It's going up on my wall. The labels you sent are cool, too! Thank you for such a great package of art!
Response: Wowzers Steph :-D (very big smile). I am totally thrilled that you liked this collage so much! And to have it remind you of one of my most favorite art genres, and to also have it on your wall is completely wonderful. You are so welcome and Thank You!
hibiscus rated for EASU: Bookpage Heart ATC Swap on Oct 25, 2018
Comment: Love the harlequin-esque style of this card... wonderful original art... always impressive... such a graceful style ... thank you so very much! I also like to find something in a book page to relate to the atc ... great work !
Response: Thank you Kathryn :-) I'm happy you enjoyed it. <3
joybells2426 rated for CC: Sender's Choice ATC #7 on Oct 25, 2018
Comment: I recognized your envelope right away by the stamps I had seen on Instagram! Then I opened it up to find not one, but three awesome ATCs! Thank you Grace! I love them!
Response: Yay! Thanks Joy :-) I was hoping you would like the ATCs. I was rather fond of them myself and wanted them to have a good home.
donetta rated for Monochromatic inchies on Oct 19, 2018
Comment: Grace, your inchies (MY inchies now!) are so lovely...I really love your use of simple geometrics and beautiful color to create your artwork...it needs no additional embellishment! Thank you for always sending great little pieces of art, and for the beautiful fish card...it is spectacular.
Response: Hi Donetta :-) . . . Thanks! I'm super glad you enjoyed my Inchies. They were the fanciest ones I ever made and it was a LOT of fun! It's perfectly funny how we can become so intensely focused and involved in a 1 inch square space while creating an inchie. I'm glad you liked my fish stamp postcard. I'm kinda chuffed about it too (as an English person might say LOL).
vanneparis rated for MMPC - Buddha Skinny Card on Oct 11, 2018
Comment: Hi Grace! Thank you so much for the incredible Buddha Skinny Card. I absolutely love it and can't wait to add it to my collection. Thanks for joining the swap. Take Care -Vanne
Response: I'm very happy you enjoyed the card Vanne!! I loved it too. :-) <3 That was my first "Skinny." There sure are many different sizes of small art!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely ATCs (loved the robot one especially!), your envelope decorating is sublime! Thanks for the best wishes on the SB break, i'd be happy to do a private swap with you sometime! :)
Response: Hi Megan :-) . . . I'm super glad that you liked my digital ATCs. I really need to make time to do more of digital collage and learn some of the newer tricks. The ATC with Gort from the original 1951 "The Day the Earth Stood Still" is my favorite too. (also that's one of my All Time Favorite movies!) Thanks for the kudos on my envelope. I Love to use my stamps all over my mail-art envelopes. So I'm super glad you enjoyed all of it. :-) And we could do a private swap. Message ideas to me anytime.
polyk rated for CUCrew: One Shape - Triangle on Oct 10, 2018
Comment: ((Oops! Forgot to actually click a rating before saving! Sorry about the tardiness!!!)) Not only did I love this piece and the mathematical principle used, I loved the decorated envie too! Ty for such a fun piece! This one has to be one of my top faves lately!
Response: Thank you Kae :-) and you are so welcome! I happen to adore triangles more than other shapes, so I really loved making this a lot! And I also love to use my stamps all over my mail-art envelopes. So I'm super glad you enjoyed all of it. :-)
CurlyTea rated for Get to Know a Weirdo - Round 2 on Oct 6, 2018
Comment: What a great mini zine. Very creative
Response: Thanks I'm happy you enjoyed it ๐Ÿ˜Š
Poeprincess rated for TIMs: Long Faced Moos on Sep 24, 2018
Comment: Grace, I love your faces! Such a gifted imagination and creative mind. Your card & envelope were great also. Thank you so much!
Response: You're very welcome Di ๐Ÿ˜Š I'm really glad you enjoyed my funny creations. I don't draw very often, but sometimes it can be fun to see what develops from my pencil (and eraser LOL). Thank you for sending a heart ๐Ÿงก
January rated for CUCrew: Squared Circle Collab on Sep 23, 2018
Comment: Thanks for your piece! Now I've got them all and will assemble! Someone mentioned posting pics on the group forum so I will see if I can do that.
Response: I posted my complete circle on Instagram (@2017gls). I used to use Photobucket to post pics here at Swap-bot, but since they horribly, and without warning, started charging for their service I haven't looked/found a replacement free service. . . . Thanks for sending me a heart ๐Ÿงก
stephiedee rated for CUCrew: Squared Circle Collab on Sep 22, 2018
Comment: Last piece of the puzzle has arrived...thank you, Grace. All four quarters ended up more harmonious than I was expecting and I can't wait to get them framed.
Response: I'm glad that my quarter circle looked good with the others. I'd like to participate in another swap like that one with a theme or a color scheme. Thanks for the heart ๐Ÿงก
Comment: Thank you so much! Love the card you made, too
Response: You're welcome Kim ๐Ÿ˜Š I'm really happy you enjoyed what I sent and thanks for sending me a heart too. ๐Ÿงก
Artstamper rated for CUCrew: Squared Circle Collab on Sep 20, 2018
Comment: WOW! this is an awesome swap. First I love your envelope with all those hand carved stamps Your corner is beautiful and meticulous as always and the copy of the atcs you used on the note are great. Thank you so much.Always love to see your name as a sending partner.
Response: You're welcome Joan ๐Ÿ˜„ I'm very glad you enjoyed what I sent to you, and thanks for sending a heart my way ๐Ÿงก

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CurlyTea on Oct 31, 2018:

Happy Halloween!

CurlyTea on Oct 8, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

CurlyTea on Aug 16, 2018:

Never hide your wings!

PrairieKittin on May 17, 2018:

Tangle and Pass
Thank you for adding to my Tangle and Pass postcard!

Poeprincess on Jan 26, 2018:

Welcome to the TIMs group, Grace! We welcome your mini-art creations & look forward to swapping with you.

CurlyTea on Dec 31, 2017:

CurlyTea on Nov 23, 2017:

CurlyTea on Nov 10, 2017:

Lady on Sep 16, 2017:

thanks for letting me know! appreciate your consideration.

moM on Jun 9, 2017:

Thank you so much for finishing up those ATCs! Love that stamp! I know all about losing things in piles - my best trick though, was marking an item as sent only to find it a week later still in the scanner.

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