Swap-bot Time: January 22, 2019 11:50 am


Date Joined: April 28, 2014
Last Online: January 21, 2019
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.


bigmamabird rated for OMAE: Mail Art Brochure on Jan 17, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the lovely brochure, Grace! What a lot of work is represented here and all original... I sent a photo copy of mine... My favorite part of yours is the 'page' with the rainbow half circles on the black and white background, stunning!
stephiedee rated for CUCrew: One Subject on Jan 12, 2019
Comment: Interesting subject for your art piece, Grace! I like how it all came together - makes me imagine a wall of TVs displaying test patterns. Thank you for the extras. 😊
Comment: Thanks for the super cute dog.
Comment: Thanks! I will tangle the last page and send it home. Your tangles are so lovely and intricate! She's going to love this! I love the card that you sent. I have a sheet with almost the exact background, in black, that I did in the 70s, when I was in high school and they were just "doodles" then. LOL Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
sherba31 rated for OMAE: Daily Detritus on Dec 13, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the terrific collage pc! I agree that those Goldtoe feet are a real treasure! Love all the stamped details on the front and back too. Cheers!
jeka396 rated for Triangles Are Great on Dec 8, 2018
Comment: Ah Grace, I absolutely loved your triangle matchbook. Your designs were just spectacular!! Your decorated envie and fish stamps just put this over the top!! Thanks so much!
Comment: ♥ I am very happy with the shiny little flip book you sent. I know what you mean about glue and Shiny. (I use Skor tape to defeat the difficulties Shiny presents.)
Angie rated for CC: Technique Choice USA on Dec 1, 2018
Comment: Hey Grace. Thank you for the great bit of purple. I admired this postcard at FB or IG or somewhere without even realizing it was coming to me! You're really good at these bit of colors and I love your business side too. Very colorful!
Libertyjayne rated for WIYM: Junk Postcard - INTL on Nov 28, 2018
Comment: This postcard is gorgeous! I love it. Thank you for sending.
bigmamabird rated for OMAE: See Thru (USA) on Nov 27, 2018
Comment: Your see through postcard is brilliant and the mistake just adds to it's charm! I am glad you still sent it... Sorry I didn't rare sooner... Many thanks!
Lady rated for MA: Color Duo - Green and Purple on Nov 24, 2018
Comment: Such precise work. Love it.... and the Alice stamp was s nice touch
Larina rated for YTPC: 10-Page Glue Book on Nov 20, 2018
Comment: LOVE! I absolutely love this gluebook! Hard to believe its your first one. You should definitely make more! I will definitely treasure it, its my very first gluebook that I've ever received! Thanks so much!
Response: Triple YAY! I'm super happy that you really like it so much and will enjoy owning it. That makes it much nicer to give it away. Thank you <3
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful post card I love it !!
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed receiving it :-)
Comment: Sorry it took me a while to write, Grace, but we were out of town for a few weeks. I am just *amazed* by your beautiful artwork! It immediately grapped my attention, and I spent a long time looking at it, front & back. I'm going to find a place for it on my wall of favorite mail art I've received. Thank you SO much!
Response: Hi Fi :-) . . . . I'm SO happy you liked my postcard "Convergence." . . . . I loved that one so much that I had it in my personal collection for a while until I decided to share it with you, thinking you might be one to like it. . . . As for the pen I used, it is a "UNI-BALL SIGNO UM_153, White ink, 1.0 mm." . . . . I've used the Sakura Gelly Roll 08 White before, but the ink doesn't flow as well and dries up and won't flow at all before it's half-way used up, which is Screamingly Frustrating!!! . . . . None of these pens are especially narrow tipped, but making dots goes OK.. . . . . My latest quest is to find a gold (liquid) INK pen (not gel) with a fairly narrow tip, 1 mm or less.
YooperHill rated for CUCrew: Deconstructed Icon on Nov 15, 2018
Comment: Wonderful! Thank you!
Response: You're welcome :-)
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.
Response: You're welcome Tammy :-) I'm so glad you liked everything!
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! I’ve got over 100 rolls! I had to stop the madness at some point but I didn’t want to! 🤗
Response: I'm super glad you liked everything Aaliyah :-)
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

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stephiedee on Jan 7, 2019:

Thanks for the comment on my profile, Grace. Having a "good" profile here is one of those things that has always weighed on my brain. Being someone who isn't typically user friendly (ha), it means a lot when people can find something agreeable or positive in it. ✌

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.

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Lady on Sep 16, 2017:

thanks for letting me know! appreciate your consideration.

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