Swap-bot Time: May 31, 2020 9:16 pm


Date Joined: May 3, 2018
Last Online: May 31, 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 game!

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 childrens illustrated books - 1930's and 1940's especially

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.


stamps from around the world, used or new/ vintage or antique ephemera/ marbled paper/ advertising from magazines or mail from other countries/ VINTAGE ILLUSTRATIONS vintage/antique architectural elements: doors, windows, corbels


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


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.


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!
jinxspinx rated for CSC: You Color It Mini-Book on Apr 13, 2020
Comment: What a beautiful mini book! I also love the card you put it in. Im going to have to put both in my journal.
Response: i am so glad you liked these! thank you for the hearty rating!
Juniebird rated for OMAE: Spring Card Exchange on Apr 7, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the cool card, the wishes & long-distance hugs, and for all the fun goodies. Happy Spring to you and Take Care!
Response: thank you, juniebird!
Aeon rated for OMAE: Spring Card Exchange on Apr 6, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the dose of spring wishes!
Response: thank you too for the lovely rating!
bigmamabird rated for OMAE: Spring Card Exchange on Apr 3, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the card and the good wishes, Marlies! We are ready for spring too! Keep well!
Response: thank you for the lovely rating!
Comment: Thank you! Happy 150 years of Postcards!
Comment: Thank you, I love photos of old doors!
Response: this card seemed like just the ticket with the blue doors! glad you liked it, and thanks for the heart and rating!
wolfeagle rated for USA: Face Time-February on Mar 2, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much. I like pink and gray together. And, I also love the bee card.
Tverne05 rated for Ephemera swap! USA ONLY!!! on Feb 29, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the ephemera that you sent. I will most likely use the items for the March journal swap that I’m in.
chimerix rated for ATC Cleanout #35 (USA) on Feb 18, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much for the selection of ATCs (and for adding an extra one). Aloha
Response: thank you for the rating and heart!
SunTradeToo rated for USA: Face Time-January on Feb 11, 2020
Comment: Thank you ♥♪♫*¨*•.¸¸ for the cool Postcard!
Response: thank you for the heart and rating!
nancybarlow rated for VC: Paper Scrap Heart on Feb 8, 2020
Comment: I love my scrap heart! Great bird image paired with music scrap. The blue rafia wrap was an interesting touch and the sewn tag. Thank you! Red paper heart enclosed looks like handmade Japanese or maybe Indian paper! I already have a use for it.
Response: so glad you liike these hearts! thank you for the rating and heart!!
christy102194 rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 109! on Feb 4, 2020
suepier rated for Christmas Postcards~USA on Feb 2, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard.
carrotkate rated for Postcrossing Obsessed?! 109! on Jan 29, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the card. Love the quote - “There is something very comfortable in having plenty of stationery!”
savannahsmiles4u rated for PH: Variety Package #4 on Jan 26, 2020
Comment: What a great selection! You may have gotten me hooked on stamps now! Thank you! Loved everything!
Response: it was fun combining these two swaps! collecting stamps is so much fun! glad they are great! thank you for the rating.
Comment: Oh my! Such a beautiful selection of postcards and just love the stamps! Thank you so much!
Response: yeah! so glad they work for you! many thanks for the rating.

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Rainydancer on May 1, 2020:

welcome to sunshine swaps!

stephiedee on Jan 26, 2020:

Thank you for the beautiful affirmation tag! Love the colors and that owl. 💖

bigmamabird on Jan 17, 2020:

Loved your OMAE postcard plus! The riddle is great! Many thanks!!

goosey on Dec 26, 2019:

Heynowokay on Nov 29, 2019:

What a lovely assortment of goodies you sent for the OMAE Nov RAK Attack. I particularly enjoy the text/fabric mash up. Lots of good things in there. Thank you! :)

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. 🤗

joybells2426 on Oct 28, 2019:

I received the unmounted stamps this weekend. They’re all really unique! I should be able to make some cool crafty projects with these. Thank you so much for sharing with me!

Heynowokay on Oct 7, 2019:

I love love love the stamps you sent. Especially the ones that seem to almost be passport/travel type ones. Thank you so much for offering in the swap meet tag!

stephiedee on Sep 25, 2019:

The rubber stamps you sent me from the swap meet are the stamps of my dreams, Marlies! Thank you so much for the great gift. I can't wait to get them mounted - I know they'll get lots of use!

stephiedee on Sep 9, 2019:

Hi Marlies! Thank you so much for the wonderful affirmative altered tag...I love that it's Halloween themed!

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