Swap-bot Time: December 17, 2017 12:06 am


Date Joined: April 28, 2014
Last Online: December 16, 2017
Birthday: October 5, 1949
Country: United States
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About Me

Reality Elf, Imagination Sprite, Bohemian Soul . . . I love to surf the internet, collect recipes and cook good meals, create art, write an occasional poem, watch and listen to an eclectic array of movies and music. I desire to achieve a balance in all experiences, yet I am admittedly more focused on the inner than the outer experiences, thus I enjoy the company of others in moderation, and I enjoy the company of my guides and muses immensely. I am pro economic globalization, pro cultural diversity, sexual and identity diversity, and reproductive choice. Let there be Peace on Earth and let it begin with me. I have taken a personal vow to do and be the best I can. Everything in your world, in your experience of life, is a feedback mirror of your current state of consciousness and level of awareness. Every thought, action, and feeling that you emanate from your Self will affect that reflection. Your every perception is your view "into the mirror," is yours alone, even your perceptions of yourself and other people. Others will never see you as you see yourself because what another person sees is their own look into their own state of consciousness. They think they are seeing you, not realizing they are only seeing their own version of you.

I just had a birthday so I'm 68 now. The only thing about being older is the body experience is so different than what it used to be. You make daily physical, emotional and mental adjustments and carry on. I was born and raised in the Houston, Texas area but haven't lived there for about 47 years. Since then I've lived in Southern California, Nevada, and briefly in West Palm Beach, Florida. I was married for nearly 30 years, got divorced in '98 after I finally busted down the closet walls. I have 3 grown daughters who are now 43, 37, and 28, and 5 grandkids who are 18, 14, 13, 3, and 9 months.

I have been artistic my whole life, creating all kinds of art and using many kinds of mediums. I have never been very prolific in my production though. I usually have many, many other interests that have to share time with my artistic impulses. 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, “Transcending consciousness – 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, Nora Jones, Damon Albarn/Gorillas, 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.


Artstamper rated for Tangle and Pass Postcard Round 4 on Dec 7, 2017
Comment: Love this postcard! Thank you for finishing it rather than sending it to me to finish. I really appreciate that. I especially like that the patterns are yours.
tangerine rated for A.I. ATC: Drawing on black paper on Dec 5, 2017
Comment: Wonderful ATC, I love the graphic style and the gold on the black and I also love this quote from Seth. Thanks for the beautiful ATC!
smadronia rated for Tangle and Pass Postcard Round 3 on Dec 2, 2017
Comment: Thank you! What a beautiful postcard, I hope I can keep up the high quality in it.
BetsyG rated for HMPC: Scavenger Hunt PC #5 on Nov 30, 2017
Comment: Oh Wow! I love the post card I received today. That turkey is something else. Thank you so very much. This was a fun swap.
Response: Thank you so much Betsy! I'm super glad you liked my postcard. I saved that turkey from a Thanksgiving greeting card for a special day, and had a lot of fun making the postcard!
GinaVisione rated for CC: Exquisite Corpse postcard on Nov 26, 2017
Comment: Grace - I thought I had rated you, but I guess I just told you how absolutely wonderful MyCatMermaid is everywhere but here! Such great details - Thank you!!!
Response: Haha :-) I thought you had rated too, but I guess it was the wonderful response you posted on IG. Thanks again for your nice comments and my heart ♥
Comment: SO Everyday Ephemera! Well done, Grace, as I saw this on IG too :D. And here we are on Black Friday, and I will NOT participate. I love the EveryDay Imagery of Grace on the address side even more!! A treat to receive your mail - thank you.
Response: You are so very welcome Gina, any time, all the time. I enjoy making art for you. Sadly I barely have any of yours. The swapper shuffle function for Swap-bot doesn't really work. In all my SB groups there are people I have never swapped with and seem to get the same people all the time. ////// I have never participated in a Black Friday sale, and besides, they've only become ridiculous in that a Black Friday sale is for weeks before and after the day after Thanksgiving, and the sales are just reduced price hikes in my opinion.
Angie rated for CC: Sender's Choice October 2017 on Nov 7, 2017
Comment: Wow! That's a super cool card. Are those the strings left over from tea bags? That is such a clever way to display/arrange things. I love the business side too. From the postage stamps to the rubber stamps and everything in between. Fabulous! Thanks Grace.
Response: Hi Angie :-) . . . . Yes, those are the strings, right where I cut them off. I get the 5 tea bag tags all together, the strings and the bags of tea hanging down, then I cut the tags off, tie the strings together, and toss the bags into the tea pitcher. The box of tea has 20 tea bags ans so I make 4 pitchers of tea per box. I collect the tags in a zip-lock baggie, and I have quite a few! I'm also pleased with how the postcard turned out. Thanks very much for your lovely comments :-D I put on the space stamps just for you. Please tell me, did every thing on the postcard arrive intact? I was very worried that it wouldn't. I have a photo posted on Flickr to compare with.
Comment: I will send this on in round 4! I looked for Joan's tangle, but didn't find it either. I love your card and all the stamps! You are so talented! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Sherry, I don't know what you are saying about not finding Joan's tangle....It was the first one, it's her postcard....She divided it into 5 odd shaped sections, did her drawing, then she sent it to me....I was the second one to draw on it....I added to it (upper left corner), and sent it to you....The only thing I said was that she didn't write a message on the back. ...... Thanks for the sweet comments for my card and stamps ☺ ♥
Saba rated for HCSI: Halloweenie PC (USA) on Oct 31, 2017
Comment: Thank you!
Response: You're welcome
MamaMangrove rated for EJ: Scavenger hunt October 2017 on Oct 28, 2017
Comment: Always a pleasure to find one of your wonderful cards in my mailbox, Grace. You take such clever paths with your art & I love all the fine details you incorporate into your work.Thank you very much. As usual, I equally enjoyed the address side with your great stamped images & marvelous artistamps. I drove to North Carolina to be in that "path of totality" for the eclipse & your card brought back a rush of good memories. EDIT: Added the ♥ which was supposed to have been part of the rating!
Response: Hi Linda :-) . . . . . Thank you for your sweet comments about my postcard . . . I loved making this one once I figured out how to bring such diverse images together in a cohesive space. . . . But when I saw how a few others tacked that problem I thought they had much better ideas. Still I am glad it brought you some good memories. ♥
RockyBeach rated for MA: Draw This Word on Oct 23, 2017
Comment: Ah, a futhark butterfly. Or a futharkfly. Great one, thank you! When working on my card, I had the slightly feeling, that I heard the word before. This was a fun swap!
Response: I'm happy you like the postcard Monique :-) If you ever see a Futharkfly be sure to let the world know about it LOL
dvmac rated for HCSI: Self Portrait on Oct 23, 2017
Comment: You really like hexagons :-) Good portrait.
Response: Thanks
dvmac rated for EJ: Ephemera Bookmark on Oct 14, 2017
Comment: Hi Grace. Thank you very much for the bookmarks. I love your carved stamps. That's something I've just begun to do. I really like yours although our styles are about 180° apart! That's the kind of envelope I love to send and receive. Thanks again.
Response: Hi David :-) . . . . You're welcome for the bookmarks, and thanks for loving my carved stamps. I make a lot of geometric-type stamps because I love geometric shapes. I've made other kinds of stamps too - animals and some with phrases and words. I have a Flickr Album where you may see most of my stamps (though I need to update it with my latest ones) https://www.flickr.com/photos/gracesanford/albums/72157650436897979, and I'd really love to see your carved stamps too. Please let me know where you post photos of them. Thanks for giving me a heart ♥ ☺
Dorkydactyl rated for A.I. ATC - Collage #2 on Oct 13, 2017
Comment: Very creative idea with cutting the leaves and receipt!!
Response: Thank you Maya :-) I'm very happy you liked the ATC. And thanks for sending a heart ♥
carol rated for MA: National Dog Day postcard on Oct 12, 2017
Comment: Cool card! Thanks!
Response: You're welcome Carol
TriniH rated for MA: Monochrome Orange PC on Oct 4, 2017
Comment: Grace! I adore the geometric pattern! Thanks so much!
Response: You're welcome Trinette! I'm super glad you like designs because I do too and usually always have geometric designs in my art. Thanks for sending a heart ♥ ☺
RockyBeach rated for MA: Notan Light Dark PC on Sep 27, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the nicely cut notan experience! I like that you've also includes the name of the technique.
Response: You're welcome Monique :-) I really love the Notan concept and think it is a fun way to make art. I'm astonished by the intricate ones others have made that I see on Pinterest and elsewhere. Thank you for sending me a heart ♥ ☺
Comment: What a great card to work on! Thanks too for the ATC and I love your wonderful "Spacey Thoughts" card. Did you make all the great stamps on your decorated envie? I will complete my section and pass it on! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Thanks Sherry! I'm happy you like my A&P postcard ☺ I do make all the stamps I use on my cards and other art. The only store-bought stamps I own are some very small animal and insect ones I use once in a while because they were cheap and before I started carving my own. Thanks very much for sending me a heart ♥☺
Leigh rated for CC: Monochrome ATC-Green on Sep 23, 2017
Comment: Awesome ATC, Grace! Lots of fun. :-) Thank you!
Response: You're welcome and thank you Leigh! I really love the way that one turned out. Thanks very much for sending me a heart ♥☺
nancybarlow rated for CC: TDEMASBISIC on Sep 18, 2017
Comment: Wow! What a great postcard! The perfection of your work amazes me . The back with all the stamps ...again wow. Thanks much!
Response: Gosh Nancy :-) Thanks for all your sweet comments ♥ I had so much fun with making such utter nonsense I think I'm going to have to do more of that. And I love to use my hand carved stamps on the back of postcards and envelopes, and sometimes in my art when I get a chance to. Thanks very much for sending me a heart ♥☺

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CurlyTea on Dec 1, 2017:

Snowball Fight!

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.

ladydy5 on May 23, 2017:

Welcome to our fantastic group! Artistically Inclined

georgiafae on May 8, 2017:

Hi Grace-Thanks so much for returning the finished ATC Jam -my coffee-tea starter. And you're right-it did need gossip! The perfect touch. Glad you worked on this one-sorry to hear you are leaving group! Take care and Thanks again! Georgene

urbexarchaeology on Mar 6, 2017:

Spacey mail received for the MPU February WTA! Thank you so much! :)

pkpeace on Jan 29, 2017:

It's always fun to send mail your way, Grace! xo

Angie on Jan 28, 2017:

Thank you for the beautiful rooster postcard (mpu wta)! Your stamp is amazing and the whole postcard is gorge!

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