Swap-bot Time: June 30, 2022 9:02 pm


Date Joined: September 27, 2012
Last Online: November 24, 2021

Country: United States
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**I finished my Master of Science degree, 2021. I did lose my apartment so check address as I am no longer on 2554 West Eastwood Avenue **

My portfolio website

Hang out with me on Instagram

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

I looking to trade ATCs [artist trading cards] here on Swap-bot. I work in a range of media [multi-media, collage, photography, digital, printmaking] and do very nice fully-painted cards. I also love trading zines, inchies, twinchies, paintings, postcards, collage, hand bound books, artist books, chunky book pages and photographs. Trying to finish a bound volume of chunky book pages of people / portraits from the past few years.

SPECIAL NOTE: I am now in a suburb just outside of city limits and we do not have a post office. Items arrive pretty slow. Please message me if you need a rating or check if something has not been received yet. We do not have mail delivery sometimes for days. ░ MAIL THEFT SEASON ░ Chicago sorting facilities take on temps November to January and they slice open envelopes and steal. Mid-October 2021 I already had two (incoming ATC & outgoing 5x7 watercolor painting) that got slashed and snatched. Maybe use a lot of tape to discourage theft; I am taping my items inside a wax paper envelope with a lot of packing tape. I will have to shut down swapping this time frame since item theft goes wild and re-start in January. :(

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: Portraits, self-portraits, fine art, owls, Basset Hounds, owls, parrots, birds, abstracts, ice hockey, dinosaurs, archaeology, Japanese traditional and popular culture, kawaii, Pop Art, black and white line art or ink art, book page artworks, antique cigarette and ad cards, vintage and antique postcards and paper ephemera.

Fandom: MLPFIM, Pokémon, Netflix Voltron reboot and Castlevania reboot, Marvel MCU, Adventure Time, Hetalia: Axis Powers, How to Train Your Dragon, Inubaka (cannot find last books), Ah! My Goddess by Kosuke Fujishima, Mushishi, Fullmetal Alchemist, Poyo Poyo, G.I. Joe: Renegades, Star Wars (G1, Clone Wars & Rebels), G1 Transformers.

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

DISLIKES: Do not send any Racist Kitsch which was made to look cute but really was intended to be demeaning. Anything bigoted against POC, women, LGBTQ+, or dissing any religions or ethnicities is not welcome. ♥ Increase the peace.

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.


Go listen to stuff online for free:

Pixicast ~ Electronica podcasts.

Abstract Science ~ electronica, techno, industrial and experimental podcast.

CCMixter podcast and editor picks Also free music you can use for projects.

Dubstep came from Chicago.

"Digital Witness" - St. Vincent

Guile's Theme Goes With Everything - Smooth McGroove

Digital Scrapbook

2018 Cougars

2017 Cougars WCHL Wilmette Cougars

Museum Fun Day


Gomez RIP

Fenway RIP


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!
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!!!
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.
jannieb rated for EASU: Free Theme ATC on Sep 20, 2021
Comment: OMG! I love my new ATC's. The dolphin is hilarious & the Sleepy Hollow is awesome. Thanks so much for the wonderful trade!
Response: Thank YOU for the years of hanging tough and keeping ATC swapping online alive and available to people. ☺ ♥ ☺ Hosts like you make this platform worth using for the rest of us.
kittyhahahotbot rated for WIYM: Postcard Soup SEP USA on Sep 15, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much! Brave? Never heard of it. I'll def. have to go look that up. The kid who ran for President. Love that one too. And those Chinese envies! Again thank you.
Response: Oh, Brave is the Disney Pixar set in Medieval Scotland - it came out in 2012. Craig Ferguson did the voice acting for a character.
RiverTopanga rated for A.I. - Adult Coloring PC #1 USA on Sep 14, 2021
Comment: Pretty color postcard. I'm not a pastel person myself, but I can certainly appreciate someone else's vision in pastels! Isn't art great??! 🙂 Oh, and love the Kandinski quote 😀❤
Tara rated for AI: Let's Make Some Clusters ~ US on Oct 10, 2020
Comment: Oh my, the package you sent me was such a wonderful gift. I am humbled by the thought you put into it. The clusters are gorgeous on their own, but the pendant and print made it truly special. Thank you.
Response: I am so sorry most of my stuff is buried in a storage unit including my art collection. I wanted to send a better print of the Tara wood carved block but had to settle for the one with the little ink flaw I had put in my scrap papers for collage. I hope you can do something like cut it out and use it for your own work! :)
Comment: Sorry for the late rating! I loved everything you sent me. Thanks.
Response: Fantastic! This was a fun idea. I love birds and had a bit to share. <3
Comment: Thank you for the letter and goodies! I think it's great you are a pack rat. It seems like a bad quality until you or someone else needs something. I love the zine how-to since I've been curious about them, but never looked into it. And a HUGE thank you for the face masks!!! I really appreciate that!
Response: My sewing machine had a hard time with the oval elastic so sorry the corners of the face masks are lumpy. ^^' How To Zine is free to download and print on shellielewis.wordpress along with a few other zines. I have a big collection from creators all over the world. DePaul University library has a collection of zines.
petaluda rated for Summer ATC Swap on Jun 30, 2020
Comment: Thank you🌹Awesome artwork !!!!!!! I cant do either rollerblading or iceskating 😀
Response: this was a fun swap idea. I am glad you like them and they arrived okay. Have good rest of the summer. :3

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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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