Swap-bot Time: September 26, 2021 8:45 am


Date Joined: May 3, 2018
Last Online: September 26, 2021
Birthday: August 30
Country: United States

about me

i am a retired graphic illustrator and painter - i was introduced to atc's in the 1990's, but waited until 2017 to join the fun!

at once smitten, i am hooked now. i have always loved to try new mediums, but on a large scale it has always been difficult: before the internet, there was not enough help out there. hello youtube! i absolutely adore finding some new medium, and getting all the help you need on youtube... what a life-saver. i was an art student in the 80s and 90s, and have a pretty broad knowledge of the "classical" arts. the new methods, paints, and all are very exciting to try on a smaller scale!

i have a fair amount of time to devote to these fun projects, and i consider myself to be very conscientious when it comes to being counted on.

favorite books

i have always been a lover of art history books that feature my favorite artists from the renaissance period to the present.

vintage and antique children's illustrated books - 1930's, 40's, 50's, and i adore illustrations from the 1890's.

fiction that takes me to faraway places/ nonfiction that teaches me new techniques in art/ poetry from any time period/ english romantic novels/ a good mystery/

i am a lover of fine magazines on art and crafts

favorite crafts

i have painted in watercolor and acrylics, pastels, colored pencil, and am trying gouache for the first time.

i love to make and collect collage and mixed media and have kept a few journals over the years which have helped keep me going.

i keep drawing and/or painting in my journal, as often as i can.

i love all sorts of paper .. hand painted backgrounds are especially appreciated.

i collect assemblage jewelry, and love the combination of antique papers, and paints.

wish list

vintage or antique ephemera/
vintage b/w or sepia photo postcards/
marbled paper/gelli prints/
french/paris vintage paper anything
advertising from magazines or mail from other countries/
vintage illustrations/
vintage/antique architectural elements: doors, windows, corbels

happy to receive

handmade art

i prefer vertical artwork - any size

FAVORITE COLORS: burnt orange - ochre - gray
turquoise - lime green
dirty pink - fuschia - ltgreen . robin's egg blue


little girls




birds / birds' nests

bees / beehives


little houses


sea creatures


ZeTti style

vintage illustrations

b/w photos

seashore seaside

nick bantock style

vintage french/paris



postage stamp people


alice in wonderland

frida kahlo

vintage HALLOWEEN - love the colors, designs,
and the creative side of all things halloween

vintage christmas

favorite artists

henri matisse
van gogh
raoul dufy
kay nielsen
georgia o'keefe
frida kahlo
diego rivera
lisbeth zwerger

marc chagall
andy warhol
jean-michel basquait
peter max
wayne thiebaud
helen frankenthaler

one last thing:

please let me know if you haven't received my swap.


bethe rated for FJPP: Collab Art Book Page 3 on Sep 25, 2021
Comment: I love your work and I just love looking at this. I appreciate the Halloween ephemera too. Thank you!
tristitia rated for CH - Scrap Attack! #1 on Sep 24, 2021
Comment: I love it! So much fun to receive a pile of "scraps" and then challenge myself to make something from them - thank you, you provided some excellent inspiration!
Response: it is so much fun to send out small scraps .. bits and pieces that will work for you! thank you too!!
Comment: Hi Marlies! This ghost tag is fantastically spooky! I love all the ghosts flying through that beautiful iron gate. The silver starts are the perfect accent. LOVE the little faces you drew on the ghosts. Thanks, too, for the extra special stamped skeleton card (love the background) and the little Halloween bits. Wonderful swap!
Response: thanks, kristy, for the kind comments, and rating.. this tag swap has been so much fun!
Comment: Happy Halloween!
Comment: cute! thanks alot, have a great day
Response: thank you, too!
stephiedee rated for OMAE: DIY Van Gogh HMPC on Sep 1, 2021
Comment: Speak of the devil, he arrived today, Marlies! Vincent fared well and looks great in his serape. :) Thank you!
Response: oh! that is wonderful that he made the journey! thank you, steph!
toni rated for CH - Ephemera Scavenger Hunt! on Aug 30, 2021
Comment: Thanks for all the lovely stuff!
Response: thank you, too! enjoy!!
Comment: What a treat arrived in the mail today! I cannot describe how much I absolutely love the black cat tag you created for me. I am going to hang it on my Halloween tree. Thank you so very much. It is purfect.
Response: yippee! he was fun to make, and even more fun to have you adopt him .. i was inspired by your profile!
Comment: Thank you for sending again! The system does seem to like to match us up. :) Thanks for the cardboard mailers as well - they are really nice for protecting what we send!
Response: thank you too! it has been fun to see your additions to the journals.
Comment: Thank you for the Jack O Lantern tag, Marlies=)
Response: thank you too, collette! i love to make these tags!!
Poeprincess rated for FJPP: Collab Art Book Page 2 on Aug 14, 2021
Comment: Thank you for a great art book page! Perfect for summer. Hope to have you as a partner again in the future. Loved the extras, too—I can use the stamps in swaps.
Response: thank you, too! always happy to share stamps!
Artstamper rated for OMAE: Exquisite Corpse ATC 3 on Aug 3, 2021
Comment: Nice to see you as my partner! Love these legs, very shapely in spite of the big feet.they will look good with the little black dress from the 2nd round.thanks so much for them and the lovely foldie.
Response: thank you too, joan! happy summer and beyond ...
Comment: Thanks for the wonderful swap. I love the tag. Great idea to use that wicked ephemeral on the ribbon. I’m going to use that idea some in future swaps. I really love the vintage type ephemeral. Last but not least I’m crazy about the darling postcards. Those will have a permanent home wiith me. I will place them on a small easel and use them when I decorate for Halloween.
Response: i am so happy you are enjoying the tag and cards - thank you, too, for the positive comments and rating!
RockyBeach rated for OMAE: DIY Adele HMPC on Jul 30, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for your card, I like it a lot! You made a little mermaid out of Adele, great! Perfect for summer. And she arrived here unharmed.
Response: thank you, too - i am so glad she arrived safe and sound! happy summer!!
Comment: Thanks for sending so quickly. Love your handwriting.
bigmamabird rated for OMAE: Exquisite Corpse ATC 2 on Jul 10, 2021
Comment: Many thanks for the body ATC Marlies! I haven't put it with the head ATC yet, but they will be living together... I love what you've done, especially the nice icecream! Happy Summer to you as well!
Response: thank you too, carroll! i wanted to remember summer of 2021 with this hang-up!!
stephiedee rated for FJPP: Collab Art Book 01 on Jul 6, 2021
Comment: Thank you for this great start to our collab art book project, Marlies! Love all the layers and mixture of ephemera. I ordered some colorful book rings to bind this so I can't wait for more pages.
Response: thank you, steph! your fun swaps are keeping me sane!!
Comment: Thank you for sending the journal. The envelope is so nice for swaps like this too - very protective! :)
SatisHuman rated for CPG ~ Collab HMPC ~ 6/21~ USA on Jun 19, 2021
Comment: Epic swap! I'm so impressed with your creativity. And of course, with your amazing name!
sweetgypsy rated for OMAE: Exquisite Corpse ATC 1 on Jun 17, 2021
Comment: Marlies! Thank you so much.. not only for your beautiful ATC but also all the stencils! You really spoiled me with this swap. It was such a wonderful surprise. Love it all. Thank you :)
Response: you are welcome - i took a chance with the stencils .. i love to read profiles!! thank you too, tanya!

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orneryswife on Aug 23, 2021:

My homes deco arrived home today, and it is so wonderful! Thank you for adding your art to it!

stephiedee on Aug 20, 2021:

Thank you for the wonderful RAK of Halloween address labels! I don't know quite how involved I'm going to get in Halloween mail this year, but I'll enjoy using them when the time comes. Oooh, maybe a Halloween is in order?

MiRdLHWY43 on Aug 16, 2021:

Thank you for the cool addition to my free style deco, love it. I'm always up for a party!

goosey on Jul 11, 2021:

stephiedee on Jun 4, 2021:

Thank you for working in my Mona Lisa a&p, Marlies! Love the little cockatoo.

orneryswife on May 10, 2021:

Thank you for all the cool stuff in the paper bomb! I will have fun with it! OMAE

LahDeeDah on May 8, 2021:

Oh my gosh! How did that get to you so fast?!? I'm very happy the bomb contained some things you like! I think my SIL found the rabbit in her mother's collection of ancient things. The postage cancellations were from my BFF's stash. Her mom had been saving postage since the 1930s. I had fun rifling through my supplies looking for things you might be able to use. Thanks for letting me know it arrived. :-) Have fun and happy swapping!

bigmamabird on Apr 27, 2021:

Love your romantic/classical take on the Manly Mahup Zine... plus, a sun face always wins in my book! Thanks, Marlies!

ChrisAnne on Apr 26, 2021:

I got the hmpcs. I would agree with your assessment. Hope you enjoy the ones I sent your way.

Hell0Z0mbie on Apr 2, 2021:

Thank you so much for the awesome collage card... I love it! All my favorite themes! Thanks so much. :)

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