Swap-bot Time: September 23, 2021 1:08 am


Date Joined: January 19, 2020
Last Online: May 17, 2021
Birthday: October 10, 1975
Country: United States
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About Me


My name is Aloquin (AKA Jen) and I am excited to participate here! 😊

But... What is Aloquin, anyway?

When I was sixteen years old I worked at my first job. It was an animal farm located one town over from where I lived, and I worked at the snack bar. One day I was perusing the various ingredients on whichever packages were there, and I managed to come up with the name Aloquin, which I've kept as my artist name ever since.


I am 44 and a Christian. I live for Jesus and reside in SC, USA, but was born and raised on Long Island, NY. I have lived here now for 6 years with my parents, little brother, and my 2 children. I am still surprised when I discover the differences are so very large between how things are from one state to another. I miss NY, and part of me always will.

I'm blessed with my children, a boy (10) and girl (9) who are wonderful, unique, and they light up my life. Every day is an adventure with them by my side, and I cherish watching them grow.

In 2012, my husband decided to leave us, and that is when I stumbled upon art journaling. I have loved to draw and craft my whole life (earned my Bachelors in Graphic Design), but art journaling really opened a new world for me. The freedom of expression without perfectionism really helped me through some dark times, particularly after I discovered the wonderful book "Journal Spilling" by Diana Trout.

Now I love to create in my mixed media art journals, I paint and hide rocks for anyone to find, and various other crafts, depending on how I'm feeling at the moment. Everything inevitably comes back to drawing, and a bit of illustration usually finds its way into any of my projects.

I've recently discovered Dotee Dolls, and am absolutely in love with them! So much fun to create!


Let's see... what do I like?

My favorite music?

I really enjoy a vast range of music, everything from The Decemberists to Ben Kyle, from Radiohead to Casting Crowns. I guess one could categorize my taste as "adult alternative," but I am not a fan of hard music. I typically gravitate towards a more "folky" acoustic sound.

My favorite books?

The Bible, first and foremost. It is the living Word of God, applicable to every situation and any person. I became Saved when I was young, and always grew up in a Christian household. I love how God uses His Word to constantly help me grow.

I also enjoy short story collections, especially "The Illustrated Man" by Ray Bradbury. That's been one of my faves for many years now!

Most art journaling/mixed media books. I enjoy painting, collage, and try to utilize new techniques as I create. My style varies greatly, and mostly is dependant on my mood.

My favorite movies?

La La Land!!!


Some of my favorite things are...

Coffee! I really enjoy the smell, taste, and everything about it. If I had free time, I would curl myself up at a coffee shop and just write or draw to my heart was content, surrounded by creative peacefulness. I usually only have milk in it (as I have diabetes) but will occasionally enjoy a fancy coffee drink once in a while.

Music! It always goes hand-in-hand with my creating. It evokes a mood and invigorates my artistic passions. Whenever I am creating, I'm listening to music.

I don't own a computer, and do everything from my trusty cell. I'm @Aloquin on Instagram and post fairly regularly on there. I enjoy sharing my work with others.

I love pocket journals and junk journals, graffiti drawings in black books, and that's me! :)


Things I would like to receive in swaps?

Anything bird related. They're so pretty.

Barrettes- there are so many adorable hair barrettes out there!

Beach! Anything to do with the beach/ocean. I love lighthouses, too!

Bone Folder (never had one, but see them being used all the time).

Chipboard Pieces.



Ephemera/paper scraps.

Happy Mail Flip Books! I think it is so special to take the time to make these for others, they're beautiful ❤

Kcups- I just received a Keurig for Christmas, and love trying different KCups :) ❤

Lip Balm- I like all kinds of lip glosses/chapsticks/balms (EOS are awesome!)


Magazine pages, rip-outs, and cut-outs. Any magazine scraps are ideal for journaling, and I'd love any you want to part with :)

New York themed paper/chipboard/ephemera... San Francisco, too!


Shaker tags!


Turquoise- it's my favorite color! Pink is my second. Pastel is beautiful.

PLEASE, NO magical/witchcraft ANYTHING.


❤Thank you so much!❤

I look forward to swapping!


Readergirl rated for Abandoned sketch on Mar 9, 2020
Comment: I like your caricatures! I have 3 books and many saved-You Tube videos in my attempt to learn this style. Mine have never looked as good as yours. Thanks for the extra goodies.
KarmaKr8 rated for Coffee themed snailmail on Mar 4, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the super cool coffee stuff! I love the giant coffee cup on the envelope. I have never seen a PC with coffee cups on it before. I love the homemade coffee shaker tag! And those are awesome coffee stickers!!
Nevi2018 rated for Spread the LOVE on Feb 23, 2020
Comment: You did an amazing Job!! Sorry I did Not Rate Right Away!! I like your unique take on your card very beautiful
mchesser12 rated for Bible Study ~ Love on Feb 23, 2020
Comment: Thank you for sharing your detailed answers for the Love Bible study. Special thanks for the Minnie sketch! And thanks for the bookmarks and stickers.
SoberMermaid3 rated for Mail Tag Swap #20 on Feb 15, 2020
Comment: Eeeeeeeeeck! I love Sober Mermaid! She loves glitter. I’m framing her!!!! I love it so much and you are so thoughtful. I’m definitely writing back!!!
Joeanniee rated for A Note For You # 33 on Jan 29, 2020
Comment: Thank you for your note! Welcome to swapbot. I will be writing back to you soon.
Comment: Thank you for your message, I Loved hearing about your pet and you seem lovely! X
itssarah rated for What are you excited for? on Jan 25, 2020
Comment: Love the rants you have! I hope all goes well with your new home! I just moved here in the USA from the Philippines so I feel you when you said about how things are different!
csksml rated for What are you excited for? on Jan 21, 2020
Comment: I hope your son adjusts to middle school well, and that you make more time to draw and do things that make you happy. Have a great 2020 :)
Comment: I loved your emailed Letter. Feel free to contact me anytime. Enjoy Swapbot!!
AussieHorse rated for What are you excited for? on Jan 20, 2020
Comment: Thanks for sharing what your 2020 is going to look like. Best wishes with your son's 5th grade and enjoy fostering your creativity.
weeblez23 rated for What are you excited for? on Jan 20, 2020
Comment: Big challenges and changes.. best of luck in 2020

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kiddomerriweather on Feb 1, 2020:

Thank you soooooo much for the awesome Valentine's flip book for the cheap postage tag--pib!!! and the wonderful urban opossum ATC!!! Your package really made me so happy today! I really wasn't expecting it and it was such a nice surprise. :D I love them both!

LindaW on Jan 21, 2020:

Welcome to Swap-bot! I hope you enjoy doing the Bible study.

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