Swap-bot Time: July 19, 2024 10:40 pm


Date Joined: May 3, 2018
Last Online: July 18, 2024
Birthday: August 30
Country: United States

about me

i am a retired graphic illustrator and painter - i was introduced to mail-art in the 1990's, but waited until 2017 to join 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 these fun projects, 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 1800'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 inks.

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 .. hand painted backgrounds are especially appreciated.

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

wish list

vintage or antique ephemera/
vintage b/w or sepia photo postcards/
marbled paper/gelli prints/
french/paris vintage paper anything
advertising from magazines or mail from other countries/
vintage illustrations/
vintage/antique architectural elements: doors, windows, corbels

happy to receive

handmade art
handmade tags

i prefer vertical artwork - any size

FAVORITE COLORS: burnt orange - ochre - gray
turquoise - lime green
dirty pink - fuschia - ltgreen . robin's egg blue


little girls




birds / birds' nests

bees / beehives


little houses


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 - love the colors, designs,
and the creative side of all things halloween
edward gorey fan

vintage christmas


museum cards, vintage people
botanical of any kind
black/white or sepia vintage photos
linen of any subject
colorful, fun, silly, modern
vintage holiday any time of the year!

favorite artists

henri matisse
van gogh
raoul dufy
kay nielsen
georgia o'keefe
frida kahlo
diego rivera
lisbeth zwerger

marc chagall
andy warhol
jean-michel basquait
peter max
wayne thiebaud
helen frankenthaler

one last thing:

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

some of my mail art is on my instagram account: marlies.wilding


Comment: Lovely thank you
stephiedee rated for CPE June Scavenger Hunt on Jul 4, 2024
Comment: Hi Marlies! Thank you for all the creative goodies! I had to look up 'rustic' too. I had it in my mind that it was rusty things, haha. Love the sun, and the art pages....and the key will find a spot in a journal, I'm sure.
Comment: Thank you for all the goodies. The dahlia notecard is particularly stunning.
jamicam rated for MAIL ART - Botanical on Jun 19, 2024
Comment: Marlies thank you for a lovely botanical envelope. I just love the color of the flower on the back! Also for the sweet tuck-ins. Made me smile!
Comment: Thank you for the fun goodies! And the letter! I loved it so much I read it twice! Thank yo so much it really brightened my day!
Comment: Loved it thank you
Comment: Thanks for the great ephemera! :)
Comment: Lovely ty!!
Comment: Thanks Marlies for the awesome happy mail, bookmarks, notecard and paper!
Comment: What a wonderful bunch of goodies! I LOVE those sweet kitties and all the other wonderful vintage images. Your envelope was delightful as well. If you drew that bird . . . wow . . . . much better than I could ever hope to do!
m0xiegal rated for CE Colorful Mail ART on Jun 10, 2024
Comment: Thank you for all the wonderful colorful gel prints, and papers. The card is super cool! :)
Comment: What a wonderful swap. Wow, the set of Cinderella postage is just amazing! Love the delightful children's book pages you selected for me. Adorable stickers and very classy notecards and bookmark. Thank you for the best swap I have received in a very long time.
Response: shirley, you are welcome. i am so glad to know these arrived safely and you were delighted. it was so fun for me to pass on disney stamps to a good home, especially.
Comment: Hello my friend! I LOVE what you sent to me . . . that children's book page with all the sweet kittens has stolen my heart. I love the pocket and all the wonderful items inside, especially that gorgeous vintage pc. Thank you for your thoughtful choices--it made me smile ;+)
Comment: Thank you for the goodies. Especially the vintage PC.
Comment: love all of it, tysm!
Comment: Hi Marlies! Great to swap together again. I LOVE what you sent--the handmade pocket from handmade paper is beautiful and the rubber-stamped items are so unique. Thank you so much, my friend.
Comment: Thank you. I love the items you sent.
Ikat78 rated for CPE Matisse Cutouts on May 20, 2024
Comment: Love the colorful papers you used. Your shapes are great too. How fun, thank you.
shreve rated for CR: snip, stick, send PC (USA ) #11 on May 20, 2024
Comment: Love the octopus!! Also loved how you cut the description and put it on the back. Very lovely swap thank you:)
Comment: Thank you

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bigmamabird on May 27, 2023:

Many thanks for the awesome and generous Creative Hideout surprise happy mail, Marlies! I haven't gone through it all the way yet, I hope there's a note still! Hope you have a happy weekend!

Ikat78 on May 14, 2023:

Thank you for the lovely handmade pc with purples and greens. I love the little bird peeping through the color black. Creative Hideout Group

bpl76 on Apr 7, 2023:

Thank you for the get well happy mail !!

OrigamiGrace on Nov 24, 2022:


debbiespoms on Sep 15, 2022:

Hi and welcome to the group Postcards Scavenger Hunt ! So happy to have you join and thank you and I hope you'll enjoy it.

ScrapHappyGabi on Dec 31, 2021:

stephiedee on Dec 21, 2021:

Thank you for the great addition to my Halloween exquisite corpse deco, Marlies! It turned out AWESOME....I'll get a vid of it up on my IG later today. Happy Christmas!

joybells2426 on Dec 20, 2021:

Thank you so much for your work in my Just Because deco. I love it!!

Rabbitfreedom on Oct 31, 2021:

Thank you so much for the wonderful extra envelope of ephemera goodies! It made it in great time, with no issues, hmm. You just never know how the USPS is gonna handle your packages. Thanks again!

kiddomerriweather on Oct 26, 2021:

I'm up for swapping with you any time. =D

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