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January

January
Date Joined: September 7, 2016
Last Online: March 21, 2023

Country: United States

About Me

Updated 5/29/22 -

Teacher, 4th grade ELA. Native NY-er, loving life in Pittsburgh, PA.

I started my "art journey" as a quilter. When I took a journal quilting class and learned about art journaling, I was hooked immediately. Then I began to start exploring mixed media and here I am. I haven't quilted in years but I still sew things from time to time. Lately, I've been exploring sewing on paper in my mixed media projects.

Married for 30 years, with two adult sons, musician and journalist.

Fun

No drama from me. Creating art is my fun and relaxation. I will always send on time, and on the rare chance that I am unable (life happens) I will contact my partner. I rate all swaps, because I hope you will do the same; if nothing else, it's my confirmation that my happy mail has arrived.

Favorite Crafts

Art journaling

Gelli printing, especially with deli paper

Mixed media

Making my own junk journals

Faces, especially odd ones

Stencils

Collage and making collage fodder (I didn't join Fodder School but have been following those who did with interest)

Stamp carving Art foamies

Paper marbling (Turkish water bath marbling, with water thickened by carageenan)

Book binding (trying to teach myself from videos)

My style...

My current influences/artists I follow:

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, Dina Wakley, Seth Apter, and Wanda Hanson, a quilter whose blog is called Exuberant Color

I love bright colors (but not neon) and really, I like all colors.

I love folk art.

I gravitate towards modern and contemporary art.

I like the quilts and color combinations of Kaffe Fassett.

I like explosions of colors and patterns.

I am drawn to faces. I cannot really draw well but I am trying to learn how to draw faces. If they come out odd, it's fine.

Lately, I've been loving kraft paper/cardstock to create on.

I also like vintage style (though not steampunk) - old postage stamps, vintage office papers, library cards, ledgers, maps, receipts, travel tickets and other tickets.

If you are a "maker", I like receiving hand-carved stamps, your painted papers, altered tags, handmade journals, homemade washi tape, elegant or modern looking return address labels

Washi tape - I like vintage-looking washi or watercolor-y washi

I collect...

Pens and paint markers

Paper ephemera - such as maps, sheet music, art-y magazines, old tickets, old ledgers

Journals - I like to make my own junk journals

Collage fodder of stamped images, watercolored bits, etc. (I didn't join Fodder School but I might next year...very tempting)

Tags - my own or other's - all kept on a big book ring, fun to flip through

Dislikes - please don't send

Smoke smell. Please please don't send anything that smells like smoke. I am highly sensitive to it and will not be able to appreciate, or even keep, what you send.

Holiday-related items - sorry but I just don't have use for or like receiving items for Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day, etc....so please do not send that type of item

No glitter please, if possible; thanks.

Steampunk style Kawai style "Cutesy" stuff I don't need or collect printed/scrapbook papers, have too much and am slowly giving it away

Animals - except I do like birds

Tea - I do not drink tea

Ratings

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gillman rated for MMA: Collage Fodder: NEUTRALS on Mar 17, 2023
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Comment: Thank you for the awesome assortment of neutral collage papers! I love the ledger papers and all the others; wish I could give you more hearts!
GramMonster rated for Email song swap 5 on Mar 15, 2023
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Comment: Thanks for sharing!
myancey rated for Email song swap 5 on Mar 10, 2023
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Comment: Deborah thank you so much! I am def gonna so another one with just musical songs that sounds fun and something to challenge me to put together. I will do it over the wknd
explore rated for AMA: Triad of Colors Mail Art -Feb on Mar 1, 2023
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Comment: Deborah, thank you for the vintage tri-color tag. Happy swapping!
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Comment: Thanks for swapping!
gillman rated for MMA: Collage Fodder: YELLOW on Feb 28, 2023
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Comment: Thank you for the YELLOW collage papers!
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Comment: Thank you for the fun hmpc. I like all the color on BOTH sides on the pc.
sojourner rated for Bird themed mailart postcard on Feb 19, 2023
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Comment: Thank you for the great postcard I certainly do like it..💕 I love seeing how different we all are in our approach to creating things.
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Comment: ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Amazing find!!! New to me B&W Vintage Mount Rushmore postcard. I am so very happy!! Thank you for adding to my collection. Love all the cards you sent - linen and more. Beautifully decorated medium for the envelope, too!
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely collection of flowers! I certainly will enjoy using them.
AnDark rated for AMA: Triad of Colors Mail Art -Jan on Feb 2, 2023
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Comment: Received your handmade postcard today. It looks like you had fun with this colour combo, like I did. Thank you! If you ever happen to suddenly find yourself in Rotterdam again, feel free to message me for recommendations.
carol rated for AMA: Altered Postcard #6 on Jan 21, 2023
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Comment: I LOVE this PC! Wonderful combination of collage and mosaic. Very cool! Thank you! The MIMand DBG are two of my favorite places to visit here! SO cool! Try to come out in the spring--the desert is amazing after winter rains. So many wildflowers and cactus blooms! It always seems like a miracle to me. Thanks for the book suggestion! I'll check it out!
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Comment: Hi neighbor! Thanks for the awesome bird swap. It is nice to meet some so close to home
sojourner rated for WIYM: Watercolor Fodder: Leaves on Jan 15, 2023
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Comment: Thank you. Your leaves are great. Yes, white gel pens can be tricky and I do follow the fodder threads on Instagram:)❤️
captkristi rated for AMA: More Heart Love PC - Jan on Jan 10, 2023
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Comment: Thank you. Lovely colors!
Lolcw rated for SSM: Counting to six with paper #2 on Jan 4, 2023
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Saba rated for HCSI: Houses Postcard on Dec 15, 2022
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Comment: I love a cozy bird! Thank you for the great postcard!!
user2148 rated for HCSI: Houses Postcard on Dec 13, 2022
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Comment: What a fun card! I love gelli printing and always look for fun ways to use them - I need to incorporate my own stamps!! What a wonderful idea!! Love your interpretation 🪹🪺🪹🪺❤️❤️❤️

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Comments

Highlander18 on Feb 13, 2023:

Thank you for the very special Mount Rushmore postcard you sent for UHM:February Happy Mail.❤️❤️❤️❤️

Heirloom on Dec 31, 2022:


Happy New Year from USA Happy Mail

itsnobody on Jul 1, 2022:

Thank you for the big variety of alphabets! I finally received the Pick Two tag. I'll have a good use 😊

jjhere on Jun 16, 2022:

It's great to meet you via your profile. I love that you added your art influences. Cheers!

ittybittykitty on Mar 3, 2022:

I just received the non-English book pages from the 54321 tag and they’re AWESOME! I’m so excited to play with them, thank you!!

wolfeagle on Dec 31, 2021:

hny

Wishing you a fantastic 2022!

OrigamiGrace on Dec 2, 2021:

dec

nalaqueen on Aug 28, 2021:

Thank you so much for the vintage Book & Music papers! ( This or That tag). I can't wait to use them in my journal!

wolfeagle on Aug 27, 2021:

So fun to get this is my mailbox today. Great job on making this Scribble to an Amazing mail art postcard. Thank you.

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