Swap-bot Time: May 27, 2023 4:17 pm


Date Joined: September 27, 2012
Last Online: January 10, 2023

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. β™₯

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. β™₯ Love for all diverse people. β™₯ Increase the peace. β™₯ Hate is not a value system.

I am not so much into pastels, very feminine merchandise, or scrapbooking elements like die cuts. Pretend you are sending to a guy if that helps.

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


Comment: Thank you for the cute pumpkin puffy stickers and the hand-drawn pumpkin. Happy holidays!
Response: So glad you liked them and thank you so much for joining my swap!
Comment: Thank you so much for the Anubis drawing. This will be perfect for when I want to work more closely with him.
Response: β˜₯ Very awesome and thank you for joining my swap! β˜₯
Comment: Love it thank you !! β™₯
Response: I am so glad and thank you for joining my swap! β™₯
Comment: OMG! Thank you so much for the 2 new hand drawn dragon ATCs! They are so lovely. And I love the note card - how cute. Aloha
Response: You are going to maybe wind up with a whole flock of dragons because I'm always drawing them, hahaha! β™₯ Thank you for joining my swap.
Comment: Thank you for hosting this swap.
Response: Thank you again for joining!
chimerix rated for AI: Happy Mail Triple Combo #9 USA on Nov 22, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful pumpkin painting and the great fall stickers. I wish you a fantastic Thanksgiving! Aloha
Response: I hope you had a great holiday! Thank you for joinng my swap! β™₯
Comment: As always, I love it!
Response: So nice to know and super thank you for joining my swaps! ☺ ☺ ☺
Comment: Thank you very much, you are really talented, I love it!!!
Response: So glad you liked the art and thank you for joining my swap!
Comment: Wow... Your envelope just blew me away! What a wonderful surprise in my mailbox. And your owl painting is fabulous. I appreciate so much that you picked those things especially to send me since owls are a big favorite of mine. But I will also use and enjoy the postcards and the tea. Thank you so much for the great swap!
Response: I am glad they got to you safe and were a moment of cheer! β™₯ I love owls. Thank you so much for joining my swap.
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Comment: I got a good laugh from the penis mushrooms. They’re definitely getting framed πŸ˜‚
Response: Oh good! πŸ˜‚ I was channelling the 1970s and being Inappropriate at the same time. WELL I do not see that in a list of art collected every day so was hoping I was close to the concept for Peen Art. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
rkassman rated for WIYM Happy Mail Triple Combo #8 USA on Oct 19, 2022
Comment: OMG I adore the pair of dragon ATCs and the dinotopia stickers so much - all the goodies you included are fab, thank you so much! And thank you for hosting a super fun swap. <3
Response: So glad they got to you and thank you so much for joining my swap! β™₯
Comment: The space cat is beautiful! I love it. Thank you so much! And the cat stickers are so cute.
Response: So glad that the first envelope arrived! Hopefully the second one is lands in the next day or two - I sent them at that same time and there is a theme. ;D Thank you for joining my swap.
Comment: The maple leaf is STUNNING! Thank you. Also like the postage stamp you used to mail the envelope.
Response: Always glad when an envelope lands safely! Thank you so much for joining my swap! β™₯
Comment: Thanks for the lovely goodies :)
Response: Thank you so much for joining my swap! β™₯
JenZen5 rated for WIYM Happy Mail Triple Combo #7 USA on Sep 17, 2022
Comment: Thank you for painting me the beautiful leaf. I love it. And I really like the origami papers. I'm enjoying these swaps. Thank you for hosting. Have a lovely day.
Response: That is a good Japanese brand, I usually buy in packs from Blick Art Supply if you are looking for them. ☺ Thank you so much for joining my swap! β™₯
Shellyr rated for AMA: HD/HP ATC- Pink Hair Woman on Sep 13, 2022
Comment: I adore your creative pink haired woman atc. I am so glad to be your partner. Thanks for the special journal items too.
Response: I love this series and was so happy to get back to it. β™₯ Glad you liked the ATC. ☺
Comment: Thank you so much!! I love the beautiful feathers!!! and the maple leaf painting is beautiful!!!
Response: The family parrot just keeps on shedding! ☺ Happy early Autumn! The trees are just starting to turn here. Thank you for joining my swap! β™₯
Comment: thanks for the gooodies! the shading on the leaf is well done. and extra thanks for the keys!
Response: Happy early Autumn! The trees are just starting to turn here. Thank you for joining my swap! β™₯
Comment: What a lovely swap-thank you! I loved everything--the pretty envelope, the zines, kitty paws and, of course, the beautiful postcard!
Response: Keep and cherish that antique, it is rare to come across one in such good shape! β™₯ Thank you for joining my swap.

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lou on Sep 24, 2022:

Happy 10th anniversary month, glad you’re here!

wolfeagle on Sep 7, 2022:


Thank you so much for the awesome pink haired witch ATC.

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!

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