Last profile update: March 2018
Pretty much all the things I make can be seen at the links above. The Available ATCs file is kept up-to-date - if you see something you want, hit me up!
Hey. I'm Stephanie; a nerdly dorkish lady of nearly 40 years, married, with one grown child still at home. We live in Tallahassee, FL with a couple of senior pups. I'm a homemaker and try to cram as much creative playtime into my day as possible between one boring chore or another.
Most of my creative focus goes towards collage/mixed media projects. I make postcards, ATCs, wall art, assemblages, glue books, zines, artistamps....anything to use up my sizable stash of paper goodies. I also trade actively on ATCsforALL (same UN) and via Instagram/blogs. When I'm not messing around with paper, I like repainting figurines.
I am very enthusiastically a homebody, thanks to some introversion, social anxiety and other personality issues. Art (and swapping) is my way of coping with the internal junk and connecting with people.
My personal style preference is to make art that is bright, colorful, fun & upbeat. If it's fun to make, it should be fun to receive....that's all I can really hope for. I can make pretty, fancy stuff too, but I'm a reformed class clown so I much rather be goofy & random.
Nature: palm trees, tropical foliage, ferns, succulents, cacti, fruit trees, camellias, sun flowers, bugs, wild flowers, lotus, Spring, Summer.
Animals: cockatoos, Boston Terriers, Rottweilers, Pitbulls, chickens, llamas, alpacas, gibbons, dolphins, goats, big cats (lions, tigers, jaguars), Sphynxes, donkeys, zebras, owls, ravens, raccoons, squirrels, alligators, lizards, dinosaurs, emus -- pretty much all creatures great and small (with the exception of sharks).
Places: Walt Disney World, Japan, South America, beaches, deserts, The Caribbean, Egypt, Hawaii, thrift stores, all-you-can-eat sushi restaurants, IKEA, Tarpon Springs, FL (hometown), St. Pete/Clearwater/Tampa, FL, St. Augustine, FL, The Everglades.
Prints/Patterns/Colors: neons, halftone, polka dots, doodles, paisley, grunge, graffiti, paint splatters, saturated colors, 70s-80s designs, high contrast, busy florals, prints labeled "obnoxious," neon grunge, tie-dye, weird toile/damask (like this Cthulhu damask)...
Subjects/Themes: pop culture, Anthropology, Biology, Natural History, memes, symbology, Astronomy, Floridiana, sci-fi/fantasy, Universal Monsters, the 70s, travel, vintage anatomy diagrams, comic book art, mythology, occult, psychedelic, celestial (sun, moon, stars - not angelic), Halloween (gothic, creepy & macabre).
Artists: Edward Hopper, Vincent Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, Nick Bantock, Anne Bagby, Jean-Michel Basquiat, James Jean, Tara McPherson, Carrie Ann Baade, Ray Caesar, Rex Ray...
Misc.: cheeseburgers, deep-sea diving helmets, the number 12, waffles, hands, plus signs, peace signs, poop emoji, Pepsi.
Television: Happy!, Legion, Lucifer, The Good Place, Drunk History, Bob's Burgers, Stranger Things, FaceOff, At Home with Amy Sedaris, This Is Not Happening, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Laff Tracks, Fresh Off the Boat, Bright, Archer, Fargo, The Gifted, Gotham, Silicon Valley, Teen Titans Go!, The Chew, Rick & Morty, Preacher, Nature, Planet Earth, various DIY/Food/HGTV shows...
People/Characters: Darth Vader, Buddha, Roger from American Dad, The Joker, Wonder Woman, Grim Reaper/Death, clowns, Maleficent, SpongeBob SquarePants, Skeletor, Carrie Fisher, Edgar Allan Poe, Elvira, Mr. T, Terry Pratchett, Gary Busey, David Letterman, Chrissy Teigen, Leslie Jones, Ali Wong, Billy Eichner, Sarah Silverman, Gudetama, Max Headroom, Granny Weatherwax, Mr. Blobby....
Movies: The Fifth Element, Tombstone, Step Brothers, Snatch, Wayne's World, What We Do in the Shadows, Howl's Moving Castle, Young Frankenstein, Army of Darkness, The Empire Strikes Back, Monty Python and the Holy Grail...
I'm really keen on...
--profile-based ATCs & other frameable art
-- random (or profile-based) handmade postcards
--small art books, mini zines
--arty envelopes (fully decorated envelopes, mailed empty)
--stamp sheets (sheets of paper stamped all over with rubber stamps)
--"paper bombs" (small envelopes of random assorted paper goodies)
--specific paper swaps - for particular type/style/theme paper goods
--collage sheets, artistamps & personalized labels (I have a decent color laser printer)
If you would like to swap for any of these things, PLEASE PM me! Chances are good I will jump at the opportunity. Private swaps are the best.
for paper swaps, not hints for extras (please don't feel like extras make a swap)...
Graph papers, vintage 40s-70s yearbook portraits (real!), painted papers, text printed scrapbook paper, papers with plus signs/stars/arrows, printed tissue paper (text/script, music, polka dots), halftone prints, graffiti images, surfing & skateboarding mags, travel mags, design mags (interior, graphic, architectural), MAPS! I would say that my paper supply is split 30/70 scrapbook/repurposed. I don't hate scrapbook supplies, I just tend to prefer more creative sources for paper materials.
For (store-bought) postcard swaps: I don't collect any specific type or theme of postcard. Though I will say touristy postcards are my least favorite, unless they feature an interesting landmark. Free postcards are cool if they're funny, weird or art related.
I like kawaii & manga stuff! The sillier & weirder the better - it's all funny to me. I also have an in-house Asian cultures aficionado, so if something doesn't suit me it will go to her.
I like reward stickers! Especially ones that express general positive vibes like "Excellent!" or "You Rock!" I also go through reward stars like nobody's business (I use them a lot for space themed art).
Swear words, nudity, dark/morbid humor, sarcasm and adult themes in general are all A-OK by me. Yes. Very. Fuck.
For sender's choice art swaps: please, I want to see YOU in YOUR art. Even if it isn't "my style" I will 100% respect and appreciate your creativity!
I'm not real picky when it comes to this stuff. Stay on the swap topic, have fun and send something authentically you & that you're happy with.
Please kindly consider these things strictly off-limits as far as I'm concerned:
--Sharks. (phobia)(yes, even pics)
--Religion. (atheist, not interested in the least)
--Grocery items of any sort (candy, tea bags, spices, coupons, etc).
Those are the majors, which I can generally avoid by the swaps I join. Everything else here is just a minor annoyance, really.
Items I have no use for: teeny-tiny punched shapes/confetti, holiday greeting cards, mini note cards, purse turds (tea bag tags, food wrappers, WalMart receipts--these are not usable ephemera in my book), cancelled current US postage, super old & antique papers (brown patina things are not my jam), paint chips.
I won't get bent if you send me these things, you'd just be wasting your postage as they'll get tossed in the trash. ✌️
Themes That Make Me Go "Meh": zombies, steampunk, shabby chic, sports/patriotic/wedding, Paris, most traditional holidays, country, diva/princess.
Please don't send me your clutter! I DO like a lot of things, but I am perfectly satisfied just liking them and not owning them. I already tow a fine line in my own home keeping things organized. Knick-knacks, books (whole books) and larger craft supplies that can't be mailed flat are actually frustrating to receive.
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