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Date Joined: August 23, 2011
Last Online: June 14, 2012
Birthday: August 15, 1956
Country: United States
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About Me

I am new at art swaps and am delighted to have found this site. I started a blog 2 years ago as a way to share my art. It has morphed into so much more: a personal surviviors art journal. I have found new and fun art forms and gained many friends through my blog. First and foremost as an artist I am a photographer who also loves doing art edits of my photos. Phartography: where photography and art meet.

I love doing Zentangle, an art form I have picked up from my blogging, and have developed my own style. I draw using graphite, colored pencils and watercolor pencils. I also paint with acrylics. I sew, quilt and make stuffed animals and dolls.

I am an avid eclectic reader and read just about every genre but romance and westerns . My favorite colors are yellow and purple( my studio is done in these colors plus black). I wear a lot of black, navy blue combined with all colors in jewel tones and dramatic tones (those colors with black in them ie: not red but burgandy (dark red) and rust (dark orange) combined with brown. My size is changing quickly- I've lost 4 dress sizes in the the last 3 months so for now accessories only. Love scarves, homemade unique jewelry.

I collect anything with lions (I'm a Leo), koalas, Halloween decorations (especailly gargoyles and zombies, skeletons), Christmas santas, Pirate themed stuff, fantasy themed items (dragons, fairies, elves), Star Wars items I have an amazon.com wish list using my name Johnina Young- see my blog. I am an Amazon associate so if you go to Amazon through my blog; I recieve a portion of the sale. All it costs you is an extra mouse click to go to my blog.This helps me get art supplies and have more to swap; see my blog for more info.

I like to recieve- see above for theme ideas

Mail art,

Markers- Sharpies with the retractable very fine point being my favorite and any micron pen, calligraphy

Fabric squares, fabrics of all kinds,

Book marks , Unusual mail stamps,


Scrapbook papers, Stationary- Computer stationary

Stamps and stamping supplies,


Key chains,

ATCs (brand new love),


Stencils , Drawing and creativity books

Photography technique books,

Dover clipart art or coloring books

Exercise DVDs Variety is what keeps me exercising- In particular I am looking for 'Jamica Me Sweat' it came out in VHS and recieving that would be great- Love multicultural dance exercise videos the best- than yoga or tia chi and that type of exercise

Herbal teas- decaf- Since I am a Mormon I do not drink black tea or coffee

I also have an Amazon wish list (see my blog- click on it above)

I use my computer for most letter writing. Whereas I think hand written letters are more personal; I have arthritis and neuropathy in my hands, plus carpal tunnel so I find using a voice recognition program (Dragon) much easier. My art provides therapy but handwriting just irritates things.

I do not flake; I have now done enough swaps to know what it means, so if you do not recieve your package please notify me so I may fix the problem. Due to safety issues, I use a post office box. I do not check it every day as I have multiple heath problems and am sometimes housebound. Sometimes mail will sit at the post office for a couple of days. I check a minimum of twice a week. I try really hard to make sure I rate the partners who send items so if it takes me a couple of days after you think I should have recieved a package don't be overly concerned I will rate it as soon as I pick it up. Just message me if you are concerned and i will get back to you. I try to post my homemade arts and crafts sent to swaps on my flickr page within a day or two of sending them, so the person I send to can get a sneak peek.

Favorite Music

I have such diverse interests in music that it would be difficult to list them all here. I do however listen to pandora . I love pandora, it not only plays your favorites but also music that is simular to it. I have found many new favorite artist this way. Join me, sign up and friend me. As an artist trying to set up an Internet business; I am very aware of copyright laws so I will not send variety CD's- however if you go to pandora you can listen to my music choices.

Favorite Television

Right now my favorite shows are Criminal Minds, Warehouse 13, Burn Notice, Merlin, Eureka, Doctor Who, Bones. Still watch Star Trek reruns (all but Deep Space Nine), X-files. I have been thinking of joining Hulu so I can watch some of my older series favorites. (Scarecrow and Mrs King, Simon and Simon, Remington Steele just to name a few), Would love to find a place where I could watch old Dark Shadows reruns, both the TV show and the movies.

Favorite Books

I have been an avid reader all my life so listing books would be overwhelming so I will give you some of my favorite authors of the different genres I read

Fantasy: David Eddings. Tracy Hickman and Margaret Wies, Raymond Fiest, Terry Pratchett, T.H. White, R.A. Salvatore, T.A. Barron, Stephen Lawhead, Jim Butcher, Mariam Zimmer Bradley, Andre Norton, Jack Whyte, Mary Stewart, Kate Morton

Mystery/ Action Adventure: Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, Clive Cussler, Anne Perry, Kathy Riechs (Bones), Tess Garritson, Dan Brown

Young adult: Terry Pratchett, Cornelia Funke, Libby Bray, James Patterson, T.A. Barron, Lois Lowery, Bernice Rabe

Inspiratational: Julie Cameron, Wayne Dyer, Alexandra Stoddard, Eric Maisel, Micheal Gelb,

Biography/ History: Kenny Loggins, Ross King

This and that: Micheal Gear


Apelser rated for Getting to Know You - October '11 on Nov 24, 2012
Comment: Sorry, never receved anything.
Lauriez rated for Photo ATCs + Backgrounds on Mar 15, 2012
Comment: very pretty papers, thanks so much! happy swapping! :)
Comment: Ty so much for the great card =).
Comment: I love the castle drawing. Thank you so much. Raistlin is one of my all time favorite characters.
Regret rated for Mail Art for Beginners - 3 on Dec 30, 2011
Comment: Thank you for your beautiful mail art! I really enjoy it :) I have to visit your homepage too and see what do you do :) Thank you and have a nice New Year!
HannahsMommy07 rated for A.R.T.Group- Christmas Rolo! on Dec 26, 2011
flipflopsqueen rated for Keeping CHRIST in CHRISTMAS on Dec 20, 2011
Comment: Thanks for the card I too had a hard time finding one that had Christmas on the outside. Have a Merry Christmas!
ladymel rated for Keeping CHRIST in CHRISTMAS on Dec 16, 2011
Lauriez rated for Grab Your Nearest Book! on Dec 11, 2011
Comment: i too use my library SO much and can happily spend hours there! I get most of my books from their used bookstore or thrift stores too! Thanks for sharing-happy reading & swapping! :)
mkrick127 rated for Grab Your Nearest Book! on Dec 10, 2011
Comment: Thank you!
justined0414 rated for Grab Your Nearest Book! on Dec 10, 2011
Comment: Thanks for the recommendation and joining my swap! Happy Swapping!
jandmterry rated for Grab Your Nearest Book! on Dec 10, 2011
Comment: Thank you for the book review.
Sylvia4647 rated for Art Envelope Free Theme #1 on Dec 6, 2011
Comment: Now I know what an art envelope is suppose to look like! I would have loved joining you and your daughter at the museum. Thank you for thinking of me and sending the great Harem card winging my way!!!
Response: I love doing mail art and have done it for years- now most of my sketches and doodles are on envelopes instead of a sketch book that way I can hopefully brighten the lives of those who work to deliver our mail and the person who recieves it- I delight in seeing the many types of art I have recieved as mail art- there is no one way it is supposed to look- it only needs to be a reflection of your joy in making art
Comment: Thanks so much for the TWO beautiful cards. I happy to hear that you are a fellow quilter and I love photography too.
Response: You're welcome- glad you enjoyed it
Comment: i just loved your photo & the quote...i am a moon goddess and that is also one of my very favorite quotes! how did you know!? :) your letter was so nice too, i will be chekcing out your blog later today and i have only read (and seen) "The Lovely Bones" so thank you for the other reading suggestions! What a sweet surprise your whole package was for me to receive! I hope we can swap again soon! Blessings to you & yours!
Comment: Oh how fun!! I loved your ATCs! Death by Chocolate was hilarious!! Your Rocky Road was so cool - what an amazing artist and talent you have! The only suggestion I would make is to maybe use some cardstock or cardboard as a backing for ATC's like your Rocky Road one - our mail system can be so finicky I would hate to have such beautiful art wrinkled or folded - it needs more protection! I love them both and you did a fantastic job!! Thank you so much!
Response: thanks so much you made my day- Ive been sick so I haven't posted for a couple of weeks but I think you will enjoy my blog Thanks for the suggestion- I've decided to use illustration board for drawing and backing- they come in packs for ATC just have to get to a store to get them- I agree if you put forth the effort to make art it needs to be protected and made of quality products
Comment: Loved your zentangle, thanks for reading my profile and making it mine. I like it better that way too.
Response: so glad you liked it
Comment: Great card. Thanks alot I plan to write back. Happy Swapping
Response: thanks- am looking forward to your letter
Comment: Lovely photocards, thank you! I actually paired the red leaf card with a red envelope and the building card with a grey one. Glad to hear you are recovering (or at least out of the hospital)!
Response: so glad you liked them- still recouping but am progressing even if it is slow
tesscalhoun rated for Zentangled Mosaic Inchies ATC on Nov 16, 2011
Comment: They are well worth the wait. Thanks and get well. :)

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pocci on Jan 12, 2012:

Hey, did you receive my email for the "Grab your nearest book!" swap? It seems like some of my mails got lost on their way.

CrayonMom on Dec 10, 2011:

Thank You for the Wonderful Christmas package! I can't wait to see the fun books that you sent for my kids. May God bless you and I hope you have a wonderful holiday.

pedal2u on Nov 22, 2011:

Thanks for sending something to @crayonmom It is appreciated more than you know. =-) Nancy Glad you are also a part of ur group.

Itti on Nov 15, 2011:

Hi again! I was just wondering if you received my doodle-a-monster postcard swap yet? I sent it a while back and I was hoping you'd get it in time for Halloween, but I haven't heard from you.

flipflopsqueen on Nov 14, 2011:

Thanks for joining LDS scrappers we are happy to have you!

sammybongo on Oct 30, 2011:

Thanks for the friendship.

tengu2 on Oct 22, 2011:

Welcome to the hand drawn/painted ATC group. I hope you find many swaps to enjoy with us.

PostMuse on Oct 18, 2011:

Welcome to Notecards to Go! I hope you'll consider joining the new Getting to Know You exchange :-)

biasbabe on Oct 8, 2011:


Too The Nuts for Sewing Group!

LavenderSprinkles on Oct 5, 2011:

I am interested in your stuffed dolls!

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