Swap-bot Time: September 23, 2020 5:40 pm


Date Joined: May 3, 2018
Last Online: September 23, 2020
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 dive into 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 this fun hobby, 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 .. backgrounds are always appreciated.

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

wish list

vintage or antique ephemera/ marbled paper/gelli prints/ 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: orange - ochre - gray
turquoise - lime green
dirty pink - fuschia - ltgreen . robin's egg blue


little girls




birds / birds' nests

bees / beehives



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

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
peter max
wayne thiebaud
helen frankenthaler

one last thing:

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


Csomma827 rated for CPG - Halloween Journal Card 3 x 4 on Sep 22, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely journal cards.
TSuda rated for RF: Large Halloween-Themed Rolo on Sep 21, 2020
Comment: Marlies - what a delightful rolo design! Kind of Halloween with an added dash of sparkle! I love the glitzy orange ribbon accent and witches wings. Thanks, too, for the fun stickers and Halloween card!
Response: so glad you liked this - thank you for the hearty rating!
Comment: Marlies, this is a lovely journal! The paper you've chosen for the cover is gorgeous and the leaf accents on the front are so pleasing. I love all the different papers you've chosen to include. My favorite element, though, is that vintage book page pocket with the owl bookmark--I'm crazy for all things owl. Many thanks for a beautiful journal to use during the most beautiful season of the year!
Response: i am very glad you liked this! that owl bookmark was just about the cutest vintage-y owl i have seen .. thank you, kristy, for your kind comments.. i so enjoyed this video and fall swap.
Comment: Many thanks for the beautiful page Marlies... The colors are so lovely and the lady has a bird! This was such a fun swap series...
Response: yippee! carroll, so glad you were a part of this fun swap!!
Juniebird rated for CPG Collab HMPC #7 AUG - US Only on Aug 16, 2020
Comment: Received the collab HMPC... love it! I might actually be able to continue the Alice in Wonderland theme, we'll see. The little extra papers you included are lovely - thanks so much! Best wishes and stay well!
Response: thank you for the hearty ..these small spaces are fun to fill! my best wishes to you too!!
Comment: Thank you for the Happy Trails card and PCs. I am recovering from foot surgery on the 3rd so itโ€™s nice to receive happy mail in my mailbox๐Ÿค  I also liked your mermaid washi tape ๐Ÿงœโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿงœโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿงœโ€โ™€๏ธ
SatisHuman rated for August Birthday Card - US Only on Aug 4, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the birthday wishes and the excellent extras!
Response: so glad you liked the tuck-ins! many thanks for the lovely rating!
HappyMom rated for August Birthday Card - US Only on Aug 4, 2020
Comment: Beautiful card and thanks for the goodies. Hope you have a great birthday too!
Response: thank you for the sweet wishes! and lovely rating!
Comment: Love my birthday card. Thank you for including a heart and 2 post cards. May your birthday this month be filled with sweet surprises.
Response: thank you for the sweet wishes! it will be a bit of a challenge to celebrate this month ... but we can do it!
LDeWitt rated for RF: Owl Theme Large Altered Rolo on Jul 24, 2020
Comment: Hi Marlies, this Owl rolo is absolutely creative. You angles draw the viewers into the composition. The contrast of green and black support interest. Very well done. Thank you for a great swap.
Response: thank you! it was fun to make this.
Comment: Wonderful arch, Marlies! I love the color scheme...and that you used a more unconventional animal (I would have never thought of a seahorse). Thank you for the Nancy stamps, too. I relate to her on a lot of levels, haha!
Response: glad you like this, steph! thank you for hosting this very fun swap.
Comment: Hi Marlies . . . I absolutely love your take on 'less is more' leaves. You have used all my favorite colors and this sweet page is headed for a frame in my upstairs hallway. Thank you so much!
Response: this was so fun .. i am happy you like this! the youtube video was an inspiration too.. thank you, kristy, for the rating and heart!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful gothic arch. I really love the flowery woman you created. I also love the pink/orange background. For some reason I've been drawn to that color scheme lately. I'm thrilled to add this to my book.
Response: i had so much fun with her, and i am so glad she tickled you! many thanks for the rating!
PaperPassion rated for AB: One Sheet Art Book on Jun 19, 2020
Comment: Love the book you sent,Adding to my bird journal right away.thanks so much.
Response: i had so much fun with this! thank you too!
Comment: Thank you for an awesome coloring pc! Can't wait to work on it and send it along for the next round. Thanks so much for participating!!
Response: this was a very fun swap! thank you for the hearty rating!
LadyJo rated for CPG Flat Nature Envie - US Only on Jun 11, 2020
Comment: Thank you for a wonderful envie full of Nature! I love it! All things I will enjoy using!
Response: i am so glad! thank you for the hearty rating!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely Gothic arch.Great addition to my little collection.
Response: thank you for your kindness .. it is always interesting when we swap with the same person, especially in a series of 5! thanks for the heart and rating too!
Comment: Love the arch book page you sent to me.The little girl is adorable.thank you for all the time and thought you put into it.So sweet!
Response: i am so glad you like this! thank you for the comments and the hearty rating!
stephiedee rated for ATCA: Collage ATC Formula #1 on Apr 21, 2020
Comment: I love what you did with this, Marlies! I like how they defined a mermaid back then as a "marine animal" - matter of factly and not fantastical at all. Thank you for the great ATC!
Response: steph, you are welcome! this was great fun, and i so appreciate your comments.. thank you!
user6937 rated for CSC: Springtime Altered Art Tag on Apr 15, 2020
Comment: Very nice, thanks!
Response: i am so very glad it arrived! thank you for the rating!

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goosey on Sep 23, 2020:

stephiedee on Sep 1, 2020:

Well, your paper bomb must've sensed us talking about it because it was in the mailbox after dinner today. Yay! Nothing got lost. :D Thank you for the cool paper goodies!

sweetgypsy on Aug 26, 2020:

Thank you so much for the beautiful fish tag-OMAE RAK! I love the colors you used! It was a nice surprise to receive after having a tooth pulled this week. ;)

MamaD on Aug 19, 2020:

Happy Happy Birthday!!! Have a great birthday week!!!

OrigamiGrace on Aug 7, 2020:

Happy Friday!!


bigmamabird on Jul 27, 2020:

Thank you for the sweet summer Sticker bomb postcard, how fun! Lol, today was so hot and humid. We don't have aircontitioning in the house, but we do in the car and when I stepped out of it earlier, my glasses fogged right up, and the sweat popped out all over! I'm going to have to take a cold shower before I go to bed...

bigmamabird on Jun 6, 2020:

Many thanks for the wonderful 'Girl with crown' gothic arch page, this has me caught up with the Art Books series! I love the colors you chose.. and the notepaper was also delightful! We have had some gorgeous and perfect early summer days and even some too-hot-for me days... Just know even wth the heat being dry, I would never survive such temps as you have out there, lol..!

stephiedee on Jan 26, 2020:

Thank you for the beautiful affirmation tag! Love the colors and that owl. ๐Ÿ’–

goosey on Dec 26, 2019:

stephiedee on Nov 9, 2019:

Thank you so much for the sweet birthday card, Marlies! This weekend is going to be all about making things (I got a gel plate finally) and that always makes for a great birthday...or any occasion, really. ๐Ÿค—

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