Swap-bot Time: October 16, 2018 2:08 am


Date Joined: April 28, 2014
Last Online: October 16, 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.


vanneparis rated for MMPC - Buddha Skinny Card on Oct 11, 2018
Comment: Hi Grace! Thank you so much for the incredible Buddha Skinny Card. I absolutely love it and can't wait to add it to my collection. Thanks for joining the swap. Take Care -Vanne
Comment: Thank you for the lovely ATCs (loved the robot one especially!), your envelope decorating is sublime! Thanks for the best wishes on the SB break, i'd be happy to do a private swap with you sometime! :)
polyk rated for CUCrew: One Shape - Triangle on Oct 10, 2018
Comment: ((Oops! Forgot to actually click a rating before saving! Sorry about the tardiness!!!)) Not only did I love this piece and the mathematical principle used, I loved the decorated envie too! Ty for such a fun piece! This one has to be one of my top faves lately!
CurlyTea rated for Get to Know a Weirdo - Round 2 on Oct 6, 2018
Comment: What a great mini zine. Very creative
Response: Thanks I'm happy you enjoyed it 😊
Poeprincess rated for TIMs: Long Faced Moos on Sep 24, 2018
Comment: Grace, I love your faces! Such a gifted imagination and creative mind. Your card & envelope were great also. Thank you so much!
Response: You're very welcome Di 😊 I'm really glad you enjoyed my funny creations. I don't draw very often, but sometimes it can be fun to see what develops from my pencil (and eraser LOL). Thank you for sending a heart 🧑
January rated for CUCrew: Squared Circle Collab on Sep 23, 2018
Comment: Thanks for your piece! Now I've got them all and will assemble! Someone mentioned posting pics on the group forum so I will see if I can do that.
Response: I posted my complete circle on Instagram (@2017gls). I used to use Photobucket to post pics here at Swap-bot, but since they horribly, and without warning, started charging for their service I haven't looked/found a replacement free service. . . . Thanks for sending me a heart 🧑
stephiedee rated for CUCrew: Squared Circle Collab on Sep 22, 2018
Comment: Last piece of the puzzle has arrived...thank you, Grace. All four quarters ended up more harmonious than I was expecting and I can't wait to get them framed.
Response: I'm glad that my quarter circle looked good with the others. I'd like to participate in another swap like that one with a theme or a color scheme. Thanks for the heart 🧑
Comment: Thank you so much! Love the card you made, too
Response: You're welcome Kim 😊 I'm really happy you enjoyed what I sent and thanks for sending me a heart too. 🧑
Artstamper rated for CUCrew: Squared Circle Collab on Sep 20, 2018
Comment: WOW! this is an awesome swap. First I love your envelope with all those hand carved stamps Your corner is beautiful and meticulous as always and the copy of the atcs you used on the note are great. Thank you so much.Always love to see your name as a sending partner.
Response: You're welcome Joan πŸ˜„ I'm very glad you enjoyed what I sent to you, and thanks for sending a heart my way 🧑
stephiedee rated for Adult Merit Badges - ATCoins on Sep 19, 2018
Comment: Fun badges, Grace--thanks!
Response: You're welcome Steph. I'm happy you enjoyed them, and thanks for sending a heart πŸ’™
DeAnnaVarela rated for Adult Merit Badges - ATCoins on Sep 18, 2018
Comment: Fantastic badges, doodle card, and envie stamps and stamp art. Thanks so much for your care and details. XO, DeAnna
Response: You're welcome DeAnna 😊 I'm happy that you enjoyed what I sent to you. Thanks for sending me a heart too 🧑
ktk8 rated for CUCrew: Paper Hunt PC on Sep 12, 2018
Comment: Love the paper hunt YOGA CAT postcard. it is lovely....... I personally LOVE GEL Medium so you sent this to the right person.... GREAT SWAP THANKS!!!
Response: Hi Katie :-) . . . . I am really very glad you enjoyed my Paper Hunt postcard because I had so much fun creating it πŸ˜„ And I'm glad you're OK with the effects of gel medium on the surface of a collage. If I had my druthers I'd send all my collages in an envelope because no glue is USPS proof all the time. I once learned of the demise of one of my most favorite collages from the person who received it and my heart was broken, because really, much of my art is actually precious to me, and I want the recipient to have a chance to see it as I created it and maybe like it as much as I do. Gel's OK but it does alter the appearance somewhat.
SwissChallet rated for MA: Put some ART on it! on Sep 6, 2018
Comment: This must have taken you quite some time to make, but you can be proud if the result: it's really beautiful! I love Vasarely! We used to go to a village called Gordes in the South of France to visit a museum dedicated to his art: they had amazing pieces, but had to close down for lack of money.
Response: Hi Annick . . . . thank you so much for enjoying my postcard and sending a heart. I loved making it for you. I have loved the art of Vasarely for so long, since the first time I saw his art when I was about 21. I'm sad to learn of the closing of the museum for lack of money.
Comment: Thanks for this great swap! I love the envie, the envelope for the tile and your card! Great minds think alike! I put my circle inside instead of outside and made birdhouses! LOL Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: You're welcome and thanks for sending a heart. I love that you enjoyed the whole package :-)
Comment: Amazingly beautiful card! You always amaze me at how clean all your lines are, and yourcircles are perfect!! Such amazing work - I need you to teach me!!
Response: Thank you Nickalli :-) . . . Circles, the Yin/Yang symbol for example, are first drawn on paper with a pencil. I use a circles template. After the drawing is transferred to the pink carving rubber, after the craft knife is inserted at an angle carefully next to one side of the line with my right hand, I don't move the knife, I move the piece of rubber in a curve with my left hand until I come back to where I started. Whether you use a knife or a gouge, the technique is to move the rubber in a curve and not move the blade or gouge. Then it's just a matter of going slow enough to be accurate, to keep the tool steady and the turn steady. I wish I had one of those video set-ups and then I'd show you how glacial my speed is when carving circles.
donetta rated for YTPC: Stamping/Painting Tea Bags on Aug 27, 2018
Comment: Grace, I have never seen anything quite as amazing as the fish tea bag...it is exquisite! Those wee flowers...is that a stamp? How did you make them, if it's not a stamp? I just love this tea bag!
Response: Hi Donetta . . . I have practically no sense of the passage of time, so I easily forget to do many little things I need to do, like respond to my rating comments. . . . . . I am thrilled that you have liked and enjoyed the fish tea bag art! I really loved that one too. The part that looks like little white flowers was made using my asterisk-like stamp which is 6 short lines radiating from the empty center. First I stamped with black ink and then drew over the lines with a white gel pen. I also made a smaller asterisk stamp than this one too.
lmacdavis93 rated for YTPC: Stamping/Painting Tea Bags on Aug 24, 2018
Comment: Grace: Your tea bags are amazing! The bags you used are way bigger than the ones I used so you were able to do a lot more. The images are so clear as are the colors. I especially like the fish! Nice work and thank you for a fun swap!
Response: HI Laurie πŸ™‚ . . . . Thank you! I'm really glad you enjoyed them. 😊 The tea bags I used are the kind that's sometimes referred to as "flow-thru" bags, that you can poke your finger through the middle of two sides. This video shows the sort of tea bag I'm talking about. . . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Quu09BNB_eI&t=196s The dimensions of the bag before opening it and dumping out the dried tea leaves are about 1 5/8" x 2.5" to the very top, which seems like a standard size, and then after completely opening and smoothing out, the paper is 3.5" x 5.75." There were some moments when I was making 4 of these for the swap that I wished I had left the bags folded or used a bag without the flow-thru, which would have been a smaller surface to decorate.
Germanbaby77 rated for MAS - bird(s) on Aug 21, 2018
Comment: thank you for the lovely ATC. i really like the swans!
Response: I'm SO glad Jeni πŸ˜„ I hoped you would. Thanks for sending a heart 😍
Comment: WOW!! This zine is gorgeous! I love your entry. How fun!! Thank you!
Response: Thank you! . . I'm just a pattern-loving fool πŸ˜ƒ
Comment: Thank you for your lovely handmade postcard! I enjoyed the shapes on both sides!
Response: You're welcome Lisa :-) I'm very happy you liked it. It was one of my favorites actually. I would love to see how it survived the postal system for my future reference in using unprotected colored pencil areas. Would you be willing to email me a close-up snapshot to graciepie49@gmail.com?

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CurlyTea on Oct 8, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

CurlyTea on Aug 16, 2018:

Never hide your wings!

ittybittykitty on Jun 29, 2018:

Welcome to Weirder Every Day!

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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