Swap-bot Time: December 15, 2018 8:44 pm


Date Joined: April 28, 2014
Last Online: December 15, 2018
Birthday: October 5, 1949
Country: United States

About Me

under construction . . . .

I started doing mail-art and swaps in 2008, mainly black pen and color marker ATCs until I joined Swap-bot 3 1/2 years ago and ventured into other forms of mail-art (postcards, zines) and other sorts of image types, like multi-media, rubber stamping, and collage. Here is a list of some of the kinds of art I make:

DRAWING - black pens like Micron, black brush pen, color markers, colored pencils

ABSTRACT - most of my work is abstract. Wikipedia says "Abstract art uses a visual language of shape, form, color and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world." I love geometric abstract most of all.

CONSTRUCTIONS - (cardstock or thin cardboard) of geometric solids, boxes, small chests-of-drawers, etc.

STAMP CARVING - I love making my own stamps. I started doing it because I can't afford to buy them, and I now have a very large collection which grows every month. I need to seriously think about stamp storage other than tossing them in a plastic bin.

PAPER COLLAGE - I love paper collage! I collect and use images, words and phrases, textures, color, and all kinds of bits from junk mail, magazines and books.

ZINES/SMALL BOOKS - I don't do as much of this as I would like, but I could get serious about it and do more.

QUILLING (paper rolling) - Sometimes . . . .

PAINTING - acrylic, watercolor, gouache . . . not as much as I'd like to do

DIGITAL/COMPUTER - some digital collage, computer art, page design, etc.

LIKES - - - -

  • Sacred Geometry - geometric designs - shapes and Euclidean solids, Exploring hyper dimensional geometry of space time
  • Balance and Harmony in all expressions
  • Imagination and Creativity
  • Gratitude, Kindness, Love, Tolerance, Cheerfulness, Sincerity, Responsibility, etc. (good character)
  • LIFE - People/humanity/cultures, animals, plants, earth, rocks/minerals, sky, sun, moon, planets, history, math and sciences - physics, chemistry, biology, geology, geography, astronomy, cosmos/cosmic, inner life and exploration
  • ALL COLOR - bold colors - pale colors - muted colors - ANY AND ALL colors in the right time and place. My favorites include deep cobalt blue, shades of teal and turquois, and deep rich purple.
  • Abstract art, Watercolors, Retro Space and Sci-Fi, Retro/Vintage mid-century-modern graphic design, fabric, decor, especially Atomic, Space, Googie, Kitsch
  • Quiet and being alone - just me and the sounds of life in the house and neighborhood.
  • Study of awareness, consciousness, existence, mindfulness, dreaming, lucid dreaming, day dreaming, mystical, mythical, esoteric, Spirit
  • Internet surfing, image collecting, YouTube, curious minds want to know, information junkie
  • Current music, TV, etc. - Sigur Ros/Jonsi, Imogen Heap, Dave Brubeck, Laurie Anderson, many kinds of instrumental jazz, Budapest Scoring Orchestra, documentaries, The Good Place, The Good Doctor, Young Sheldon, Big Bang Theory, Will & Grace,

Dislikes - - - -

ALL that is mean, horrifying, misogynistic, insensitive, thoughtless, narrow minded, bigoted, maliciously deceptive, and grotesque (notwithstanding Equisite Corpse).

Namaste. Baraka Bashad.


sherba31 rated for OMAE: Daily Detritus on Dec 13, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the terrific collage pc! I agree that those Goldtoe feet are a real treasure! Love all the stamped details on the front and back too. Cheers!
jeka396 rated for Triangles Are Great on Dec 8, 2018
Comment: Ah Grace, I absolutely loved your triangle matchbook. Your designs were just spectacular!! Your decorated envie and fish stamps just put this over the top!! Thanks so much!
Comment: ♥ I am very happy with the shiny little flip book you sent. I know what you mean about glue and Shiny. (I use Skor tape to defeat the difficulties Shiny presents.)
Angie rated for CC: Technique Choice USA on Dec 1, 2018
Comment: Hey Grace. Thank you for the great bit of purple. I admired this postcard at FB or IG or somewhere without even realizing it was coming to me! You're really good at these bit of colors and I love your business side too. Very colorful!
Libertyjayne rated for WIYM: Junk Postcard - INTL on Nov 28, 2018
Comment: This postcard is gorgeous! I love it. Thank you for sending.
bigmamabird rated for OMAE: See Thru (USA) on Nov 27, 2018
Comment: Your see through postcard is brilliant and the mistake just adds to it's charm! I am glad you still sent it... Sorry I didn't rare sooner... Many thanks!
Lady rated for MA: Color Duo - Green and Purple on Nov 24, 2018
Comment: Such precise work. Love it.... and the Alice stamp was s nice touch
Larina rated for YTPC: 10-Page Glue Book on Nov 20, 2018
Comment: LOVE! I absolutely love this gluebook! Hard to believe its your first one. You should definitely make more! I will definitely treasure it, its my very first gluebook that I've ever received! Thanks so much!
Response: Triple YAY! I'm super happy that you really like it so much and will enjoy owning it. That makes it much nicer to give it away. Thank you <3
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful post card I love it !!
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed receiving it :-)
Comment: Sorry it took me a while to write, Grace, but we were out of town for a few weeks. I am just *amazed* by your beautiful artwork! It immediately grapped my attention, and I spent a long time looking at it, front & back. I'm going to find a place for it on my wall of favorite mail art I've received. Thank you SO much!
Response: Hi Fi :-) . . . . I'm SO happy you liked my postcard "Convergence." . . . . I loved that one so much that I had it in my personal collection for a while until I decided to share it with you, thinking you might be one to like it. . . . As for the pen I used, it is a "UNI-BALL SIGNO UM_153, White ink, 1.0 mm." . . . . I've used the Sakura Gelly Roll 08 White before, but the ink doesn't flow as well and dries up and won't flow at all before it's half-way used up, which is Screamingly Frustrating!!! . . . . None of these pens are especially narrow tipped, but making dots goes OK.. . . . . My latest quest is to find a gold (liquid) INK pen (not gel) with a fairly narrow tip, 1 mm or less.
YooperHill rated for CUCrew: Deconstructed Icon on Nov 15, 2018
Comment: Wonderful! Thank you!
Response: You're welcome :-)
taledo rated for IS Book Mark on Nov 11, 2018
Comment: OMG. Thank you for the awesome bookmark and the beautiful tissue paper that you sent.
Response: You're welcome Tammy :-) I'm so glad you liked everything!
Aladyjackson rated for FCMA: Washi Tape COVERED on Nov 10, 2018
Comment: What a pretty envelope! And cool washi tape! Thank you! And I totally understand what you mean about the washi tape addiction being so expensive! I’ve got over 100 rolls! I had to stop the madness at some point but I didn’t want to! 🤗
Response: I'm super glad you liked everything Aaliyah :-)
luluvision rated for HCSI: Halloween themed PC on Nov 8, 2018
Comment: Thank you for a fantastic Halloween postcard! I am in awe of your carving skills! They are top notch! (Do you use a speedball or Pfeil lino cutter? I've been debating about trying out a Pfeil!)
madebymimi rated for ISS: Mail Art #6 - Space on Nov 3, 2018
Comment: What fantastic mail art, thank you! A real pleasure to receive. I really like your instagram too, so funny to have stumbled spin the mail there! Sorry for the late rating, Michelle x
Angie rated for CC: Animal with wings on Nov 1, 2018
Comment: Way cool postcard Grace! Yes, it arrived lovely and fully intact. Thank you so much!
Response: Hi Angie :-) . . . Thanks and YAY !. . . . I'm SO VERY happy it arrived at all. Sadly, today I received a handmade postcard that was missing the entire collage! The whole front of the card separated from the back, just like what happened to mine before I repaired it, but I can see that this person only used a few sticky dots to hold it to the back of the card. Mail processing can be so brutal to handmade art you gotta prepare it for battle. Many times I have purposely made a postcard completely rigid and applied extra non-machinable postage so it could avoid the machining process. It's just what you gotta do sometimes since many people insist "naked" mail is somehow better than intact art. Um, I think I'm done ranting now LOL
Bananers rated for USATC: Free Themed ATC Swap on Nov 1, 2018
Comment: Such a wonderful ATC! The colors are wonderful!
Response: Hi Juli :-) . . . Yay!! I was hoping you'd like the colors of the ATC, it's one of the reasons I remembered and picked it out from my personal art collection for you. Cool Beans :-)
DaisyNY rated for ZZ~ USA Zine-Go-Round 5 on Oct 29, 2018
Comment: It's too late now to hide your zine to keep you from quitting...I really like your work. But I know what you mean - we need more people in the group swaps.
Response: Thanks for the heart :-) <3 No worries, I'll probably join another A&P zine swap because I do like them.
stephiedee rated for CUCrew: Tactile Collage on Oct 27, 2018
Comment: Well, Grace...you might be "meh" over this piece, but I think it's AWESOME. I really love the space imagery and colors - it almost reminds me of some 70s sci-fi book art. It's going up on my wall. The labels you sent are cool, too! Thank you for such a great package of art!
Response: Wowzers Steph :-D (very big smile). I am totally thrilled that you liked this collage so much! And to have it remind you of one of my most favorite art genres, and to also have it on your wall is completely wonderful. You are so welcome and Thank You!
hibiscus rated for EASU: Bookpage Heart ATC Swap on Oct 25, 2018
Comment: Love the harlequin-esque style of this card... wonderful original art... always impressive... such a graceful style ... thank you so very much! I also like to find something in a book page to relate to the atc ... great work !
Response: Thank you Kathryn :-) I'm happy you enjoyed it. <3

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CurlyTea on Oct 31, 2018:

Happy Halloween!

CurlyTea on Oct 8, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

CurlyTea on Aug 16, 2018:

Never hide your wings!

PrairieKittin on May 17, 2018:

Tangle and Pass
Thank you for adding to my Tangle and Pass postcard!

Poeprincess on Jan 26, 2018:

Welcome to the TIMs group, Grace! We welcome your mini-art creations & look forward to swapping with you.

CurlyTea on Dec 31, 2017:

CurlyTea on Nov 23, 2017:

CurlyTea on Nov 10, 2017:

Lady on Sep 16, 2017:

thanks for letting me know! appreciate your consideration.

moM on Jun 9, 2017:

Thank you so much for finishing up those ATCs! Love that stamp! I know all about losing things in piles - my best trick though, was marking an item as sent only to find it a week later still in the scanner.

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