Swap-bot Time: August 14, 2022 4:48 pm


Date Joined: September 27, 2012
Last Online: August 14, 2022

Country: United States
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**PO Box is not within walking distance, pick up may be slow. Mail delivery is very, very slow overall. **

My portfolio for website code, UX UI, art stuff at shellielewis.net

My current HDHP ATCs for private trade - click this link!

Like nature? Print your own free copy of a painted art zine about sharks.

shark dancer gif

FUN! A kid-friendly free zine you can print on how to make zines, good for school teachers and librarians: How To Zine

All swaps coming from a smoke-free home. I don't smoke and I don't let the dog smoke, either!

bassets ATC

The art I like is wildly eclectic. I tend to respond to people's style the most with a preference for fine art and the unique. If you have your own art style, that is my favorite! I want to see the work you create. ♥

LIKES: Favorite for ATCs. I like inchies, twinchies, MOO card handmades, small drawings and paintings. I am trying to finish a book of 4x4 inch chunky book pages with images of people: I will punch for binding. I do bookbinding. Genres and styles enjoyed for: Portraits and people, self-portraits, cityscapes, architecture, fine art, owls, Basset Hounds, parrots, birds, foxes, wolves, African painted dogs, abstracts, Goth & Romantic Goth, Plague Doctors, cosplay, Cyberpunk, Dungeons & Dragons, dragons, dinosaurs, sharks, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Star Wars, G1 Transformers, ice hockey, archaeology, Japanese traditional and popular culture, Pop Art, black and white line art or ink art, book page artworks. I collect and use paper ephemera including antique cigarette and ad cards, vintage and antique postcards, ad cards, ink blotters. Small works on paper are stored in sports pocket pages in albums.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Loose prints, unmounted are preferred. Please no lamination. I collect tintypes, cartes de visite, cabinet cards and Polaroids and other instants.

DISLIKES: No tolerance for intolerance. ♥ Love for all diverse people. ♥ Increase the peace. ♥ Hate is not a value system.

I am not so much into pastels, very feminine merchandise, or scrapbooking elements like die cuts.

Please do not use Sharpie markers for art, they degrade badly: Sharpie markers are not art supplies

Fiber Destash? I have recently learned how to spin yarn and an interested in wool roving, other natural fibers and dyes if you want to swap. I knit a lot. Friend my Ravelry Account


Please Note: I retain all image rights, copyright and intellectual property rights on all creations.

Free Education & Resources


Read online for free ArtTRADER Magazine

How to Get Better at Drawing Decades of my experience in one article. Read online or download the article as a .pdf here

Basic Information on painting; maybe go to the oldest blog post and read in reverse order: Click here

Free Book: read Starting With Abstract Painting

Melted Crayon Wax Painting Or "encaustic for lazy people" - 43 second video to learn how to make your own.

10 Tips on Watercolour from personal experience. I also highly recommend this book Watercolour How To Book check your local library or available cheap on Amazon, as of May 2013 copies under $4.00.

1000+ free video tutorials on all art subjects with Jerry's Artarama catalog: Free video lessons

Royalty Free, High-Resolution Photography: morgueFile

Free digital downloads of textures & backgrounds for digital image design, collage, etc: Caleb Kimbrough's BITTBOX

Jay Hilgert's BittBox Free digital image sources & textures.

TanglePatterns.com Free resource for Zentangle drawing.

How To Paint Transfer Toner Images Transfer toner prints of photographs, magazine pages and photocopies of your own drawings, etc. using acrylic paint.

GOLDEN Gel Medium Image Transfer Good method for multi-media art and acrylic paints.

Collage Perspectives at Swarthmore College A 10 minute documentary video of a gallery exhibit.

David Carson on Design + Discovery TED video: A top designer lectures on visual culture.

Vik Muniz TED video: Creativity, culture, art. He is known for his portraits made of sugar.

Raghava KK: My 5 Lives as an Artist TED video: on making and breaking in his fine art career.

Sheikha al Mayassa: Globalizing the local, localizing the global TED video: how art and culture create a country's identity.

7 Projects With Recycled Materials

Art Pillow Design With Fabric Scraps by Alice Berry Low sew, high impact!

Daring Fireball's Markdown Syntax Guide How to put images in Swap-bot and other commands.

USPS Small Airmail Labels No longer available, DIY print your own. Great for postcards.

Mail theft? United States Postal Inspectors Online Complaint Webpage

Zines: what they are and two easy zine patterns to use.

Easy Book Binding Saddle Stitch Video

A short description of Masterboard Process for collage artist trading cards.

ATC and collage recommended adhesives: YES! stickflat paste, glue stick, rubber cement [these three dry flat] Modge Podge, gesso and acrylic gel medium [these are wetter, needs to be pressed. Wax paper and a heavy weight help.] I highly enjoyed the Bernie Berlin ATC Workshop book.

Hubble pic

Free vintage and/or public domain images:

Smithsonian Institution Flickr

NASA Hubble Heritage Flickr

The British Library Flickr

Old Book Art Illustrations for download

Pinterest for Les Vieux Jours Vintage collage resources: photos, etchings, drawings and more.

ShellieLewis.Wordpress Antique postcards, ephemera and photography: 300 dpi downloads for free.

USA Library of Congress Flickr

USA Library of Congress Photo Archive online portal

Reusable Art

Karen's Whimsy

Creative Commons Cultural Contributors for art and music

Troubleshooting something? Ask me anything.

Digital Scrapbook

2018 Cougars

2017 Cougars WCHL Wilmette Cougars

Museum Fun Day


Gomez RIP

Fenway RIP


lrm1980 rated for AI Happy Mail Triple Combo #4 USA on Aug 14, 2022
Comment: WOW! I really love everything you sent! I think your zines are fabulous!
Response: So glad it got through the mail safely! ♥ Thank you for joining my swap!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely swap! The print and your envelope are both so nice!
Response: Thank you for joining my swap. ☺ Feel free to use the zine pattern tutorial download if you like with your students or others!
Comment: Thanks for all the lovelies! I especially love the dog envelopes, they are gorgeous!
Response: Korean stationery is its own joy. Any English text can be nonsensical or odd since it is there to be decorative and look modern. ☺☺☺
Comment: Wow your mailing is so special and thoughtful! The bamboo grove envelope is atmospheric - really nicely done. I love all your zines; my favorite is Surviving Winter. As a life-long Californian this is quite exotic and educational. Great postcards. But the best of all is your drawing of the Plague Doctor. What a treasure, all dark and shady and mysterious. Thank you for a Great Mail Day!
Response: I think I kind of drew "Portrait of a Plague Doctor as a Young Man" hahaha. ^^' I am so glad you enjoyed it all so much. Thank you for joining my swap.
Comment: Thank you for the adorable armadillo artwork! It perfectly captures their mannerism :-) the chipboard stickers are really neat as i have never seen that before i cant wait to use them! Even the envelope was so pretty. Thank you for another special swap i cant wait to display! ❤️
Response: Thank you for rating right away! ♥ I always worry the mail may eat a work I put a lot of time into. I had NO IDEA armadillos were such puppies. I was looking for a good picture to draw from and said "whoaaa they sit up and look cute??" I would just start feeding the puppy. ☺ Haa. ☺
Comment: Thank you for hosting these fun swaps! I adore the gorgeous beach painting and it makes me miss the water dearly ❤️ The stationary you added is adorable, too! Thank you for everything :-) wishing you all the best!
Response: So glad you liked it & thank you for joining my swap. ☺
chimerix rated for AI Happy Mail Triple Combo #4 USA on Jul 24, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful envelope! The 2 dragon ATCs are amazing! And thank you for the stamps and pcs. Aloha!
Response: Yay! So glad they made it across the ocean safe. ☺ They might be getting some freinds soon! ;)
fiennesgirl rated for A.I. - Any Theme ATC on Nov 24, 2021
Comment: Hi! My maiden name is Lewis. I LOVE the ATCs that you sent! You’re very artistic! I am blown away by the details that you put in especially for the sheep! Both ATCs are amazing! The cartoon book is cool too. The vintage postcard is beautiful! Thank you so much for everything!
Response: So glad you liked the swap. ♥ I try to send out my best to each trader. Best to you. ♥
Comment: Where do I even begin??? This has got to be my favorite swap ever. Shellie! What have you done? Everything is beautiful. You have spoiled me with ART and that's probably the best way to enter into my heart now. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
Response: Glad you enjoyed it ♥ hope to see you in future swaps and I have put more up July 2022 going forward. ☺
Comment: Wow and wow! 💜❤️💜Thank you for this AMAZING swap. I love this so much! Love the floppy disk book-so retro + recycling. I loved all your zines + the how to. May I show my library teens? We will soon to be doing zines+ bookbinding for a book club/art group I have at the library. And the GN-I have not read it! I look forward to it!
Response: Yes yes they are sent for you to use and replicate. A PDF print copy can be downloaded at shellielewis.wordpress.com and some other zines if you can print in color. Go wild with it! I have enjoyed for years doing these as workshops at Sulzer Public Library when I lived near it.
Comment: Shellie - what a lovely little parcel! I loved your photos, especially the trees. I absolutely did not know we had a hockey team! Fabulous swap.
Response: Yay so glad it arrived safe and sound ♥ we need an extra skater -- our team captain turned up on crutches with a knee problem, uh oh! She says she is feeling better though.
Comment: Hallo Shellie, vielen herzlichen Dank für alles was du geschickt hast !! Love it all !!! I´ll write soon !!! Thank you so much Take care and see you soon !!!
Response: Ja, es ist sehr schön, einen neuen Freund zu finden ♥ Ich wünsche ihnen einen wunderbaren Tag! ♥
Itti rated for AMA: Hand-drawn ATC blue haired girl on Oct 29, 2021
Comment: Lovely - thank you!
Response: Love this swap and hope that we get to do more in this theme. ♥
Bananers rated for AI Happy Mail Triple Combo #3 USA on Oct 28, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the great swap! I adore the pumpkin you did in the watercolors!
Response: So glad you like it ♥ autumn colors are wonderful and the trees are peaking right now. Very inspiring!
Comment: What an amazing swap! Thanks so much for sharing your creative talent in so many ways. The leaves are gorgeous!
Response: Super glad that the envelope got there okay. ☺ ♥ ☺ Thank you for joining my swap.
tristitia rated for EASU: Sept. Free Theme ATC on Oct 13, 2021
Comment: I LOVE your plague doctor - in fact, I got a boring clear phone case the day it arrived, and immediately stuck it in there - now my phone is well-decorated! I love your zine instructions, too. I seem to be unable to buy a printer that isn't complete crap, or else I'd try making zines. I've been through three printers in the past several years, and they've all pissed me off, lol. Thank you again!
Response: I recommend making a color photocopy of the original and preserving the drawing from wear and tear. ☺ ☺ Paper is fragile, and I put in 2 to 4 hours of work in each ATC. ♥ So glad you like it!
chimerix rated for AI Happy Mail Triple Combo #2 USA on Oct 9, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the paper goodies and the lovely painted envelope. Aloha -- Oh, no, there wasn't a painting in the envelope.
Response: Did the painting not get there? I have hit my first mail theft issue of the year, the incoming envelope was cut open. Please let me know if the painting was missing.
gillman rated for MMA- ATC Sender’s Choice X 2 on Oct 2, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the gorgeous 80's punk ATC! I love it! Also, thank you for the Zine Guide! ..I'm intrigued....:)
Response: There are zine fests all over the USA as well as around the globe. They are wonderful to trade and I have quite a collection. Quimby's book store in Chicago sells them on the racks. ☺ ☺
LunaUA rated for Happy Mail Triple Combo #1 USA on Sep 24, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the happy mail! I love everything about it. I’ve been curious about zines lately, so it’s good to see some examples!
Response: So glad you liked it. ☺ Zines can be anything printed, there are so many formats and sizes! I have a lot of love for minis that you can get out of one photocopied page.
chimerix rated for MMA- ATC Sender’s Choice X 2 on Sep 22, 2021
Comment: I absolutely love the dragon ATC you made for me! Thank you so much! (and somehow it actually made it to me without a stamp on the envelope!) Aloha
Response: Oh, they get eaten in the mass sorting machines. ^^' I better go back to putting tape on the edge of the stamp. Chicago is BRUTAL to mail. I am so glad it got there safe.

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AmookIslandCreations on Apr 18, 2020:

Hi Shellie! Just checking in to see how you are doing! Hope this note finds you safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

Itti on Jul 9, 2019:

As an amazing artist and dino & marine animal lover I thought you might be interested in joining Scales 'n' Tails? We'd be honoured to have you!

smadronia on Jan 1, 2019:

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May your 2019 be better than 2018, and your best year yet!


AmookIslandCreations on Nov 20, 2018:

anrtist on Nov 14, 2018:

Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Blessings, cc

lou on Dec 11, 2017:

Happy Holidays!

AmookIslandCreations on Nov 18, 2017:

Shellie! Thanks so much for the beautiful quilting and paper art magazines! I will share them with my Quilting Class! Your generosity overwhelms me! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!! The fabric will be greatly appreciated too. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

lou on Jun 29, 2017:

Welcome back!

AmookIslandCreations on May 5, 2017:

Thanks, so much, for the wonderful letter and special gift of whale fabric!!! I love it! More to follow. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

AmookIslandCreations on Dec 30, 2016:

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