Swap-bot Time: July 27, 2021 4:37 am


Date Joined: September 27, 2012
Last Online: January 4, 2021

Country: United States
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16 no cost or low cost activities for if you are home for safety / quarantine

Grad school just went all online classes. -_-

NEW portfolio website

Hang out with me on Instagram

My current HDHP ATCs for private trade - click this link!

30th Anniversary of Shark Week! Print your own free copy of a painted art zine.

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NEW! A kid-friendly free zine you can print on how to make zines, good for school teachers and librarians: How To Zine

NEW! Stop motion animation that I made for a friend: Mail Art Gnome

Learn to make your own cartoons, a super easy method using a tablet or smartphone

I am an artist in Chicago looking to trade ATCs [artist trading cards] here on Swap-bot. I work in a range of media [multi-media, collage, photography, digital, printmaking] and do very nice fully-painted cards. I also love trading zines, inchies, twinchies, paintings, postcards, collage, hand bound books, artist books, chunky book pages and photographs.

I am in grad school for an MS in Human-Computer Interaction (UX,UI,IA,IxD). I volunteer with my local hackerspace / makerspace Pumping Station: One and have volunteered with Free Geek Chicago. I'm a novice ice hockey player and joined the Wilmette Cougars recreational league team.

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SPECIAL NOTE: I am inner city and our mail carrier hauls everything door to door on foot. If she gets caught in a rainstorm or a snowstorm, she has to plow through it. Please wrap items in plastic because sometimes a letter gets drenching wet. A plastic sandwich bag with the bulky zipper cut off, folded and taped, works great. Don't worry about current postcards, just mail them as is / naked.

All swaps coming from a smoke-free home. I don't smoke and I don't let the dogs smoke, either!

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The art I like is wildly eclectic. I tend to respond to people's style the most with a preference for fine art and the unique. If you have your own art style, that is my favorite! I want to see the work you create.

LIKES: Portraits, self-portraits, fine art, owls, Basset Hounds, abstracts, ice hockey, dinosaurs, archaeology, Japanese traditional and popular culture, black and white line art or ink art, antique cigarette and ad cards, vintage and antique postcards.

Fandom: MLPFIM, Pokémon, Netflix Voltron reboot and Castlevania reboot, Marvel Avengers, Adventure Time, Hetalia: Axis Powers, How to Train Your Dragon, Inubaka (cannot find last 6 books), Ah! My Goddess by Kosuke Fujishima, Mushishi, Fullmetal Alchemist, Poyo Poyo, G.I. Joe: Renegades, Star Wars (G1, Clone Wars & Rebels), G1 Transformers, Game of Thrones TV series (I ain't got the time to read the books), and Harry Potter series.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Loose prints, unmounted are preferred. Please no lamination. I collect tintypes, cartes de visite, cabinet cards and Polaroids.

DISLIKES: Do not send any Racist Kitsch which was made to look cute but really was intended to be demeaning! Anything bigoted against POC, women, LGBTQ+, or dissing any religions or ethnicities is not welcome.

Please do not use Sharpie markers for art, they degrade badly: Sharpie markers are not art supplies

Want More?: I am willing to swap paintings, custom art work & digital image design and more for stuff - message me for inquiries.

Fiber Destash? I have recently learned how to spin yarn and an interested in wool roving, other natural fibers and dyes if you want to swap. I knit a lot. Friend my Ravelry Account


Please Note: I retain all image rights, copyright and intellectual property rights on all creations.

Free Education & Resources

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Read online for free ArtTRADER Magazine

How to Get Better at Drawing Decades of my experience in one article. Read online or download the article as a .pdf here

Basic Information on painting; maybe go to the oldest blog post and read in reverse order: Click here

Free Book: read Starting With Abstract Painting

Melted Crayon Wax Painting Or "encaustic for lazy people" - 43 second video to learn how to make your own.

10 Tips on Watercolour from personal experience. I also highly recommend this book Watercolour How To Book check your local library or available cheap on Amazon, as of May 2013 copies under $4.00.

1000+ free video tutorials on all art subjects with Jerry's Artarama catalog: Free video lessons

Royalty Free, High-Resolution Photography: morgueFile

Free digital downloads of textures & backgrounds for digital image design, collage, etc: Caleb Kimbrough's BITTBOX

Jay Hilgert's BittBox Free digital image sources & textures.

TanglePatterns.com Free resource for Zentangle drawing.

How To Paint Transfer Toner Images Transfer toner prints of photographs, magazine pages and photocopies of your own drawings, etc. using acrylic paint.

GOLDEN Gel Medium Image Transfer Good method for multi-media art and acrylic paints.

Collage Perspectives at Swarthmore College A 10 minute documentary video of a gallery exhibit.

David Carson on Design + Discovery TED video: A top designer lectures on visual culture.

Vik Muniz TED video: Creativity, culture, art. He is known for his portraits made of sugar.

Raghava KK: My 5 Lives as an Artist TED video: on making and breaking in his fine art career.

Sheikha al Mayassa: Globalizing the local, localizing the global TED video: how art and culture create a country's identity.

7 Projects With Recycled Materials

Art Pillow Design With Fabric Scraps by Alice Berry Low sew, high impact!

Daring Fireball's Markdown Syntax Guide How to put images in Swap-bot and other commands.

USPS Small Airmail Labels No longer available, DIY print your own. Great for postcards.

Mail theft? United States Postal Inspectors Online Complaint Webpage

Zines: what they are and two easy zine patterns to use.

Easy Book Binding Saddle Stitch Video

A short description of Masterboard Process for collage artist trading cards.

ATC and collage recommended adhesives: YES! stickflat paste, glue stick, rubber cement [these three dry flat] Modge Podge, gesso and acrylic gel medium [these are wetter, needs to be pressed. Wax paper and a heavy weight help.] I highly enjoyed the Bernie Berlin ATC Workshop book.

Hubble pic

Free vintage and/or public domain images:

Smithsonian Institution Flickr

NASA Hubble Heritage Flickr

The British Library Flickr

Old Book Art Illustrations for download

Pinterest for Les Vieux Jours Vintage collage resources: photos, etchings, drawings and more.

ShellieLewis.Wordpress Antique postcards, ephemera and photography: 300 dpi downloads for free.

USA Library of Congress Flickr

USA Library of Congress Photo Archive online portal

Reusable Art

Karen's Whimsy

Creative Commons Cultural Contributors for art and music

Troubleshooting something? Ask me anything.


Go listen to stuff online for free:

Pixicast ~ Electronica podcasts.

Abstract Science ~ electronica, techno, industrial and experimental podcast.

CCMixter podcast and editor picks Also free music you can use for projects.

Dubstep came from Chicago.

"Digital Witness" - St. Vincent

Guile's Theme Goes With Everything - Smooth McGroove

Digital Scrapbook

2018 Cougars

2017 Cougars WCHL Wilmette Cougars

Museum Fun Day


Gomez RIP

Fenway RIP



Tara rated for AI: Let's Make Some Clusters ~ US on Oct 10, 2020
Comment: Oh my, the package you sent me was such a wonderful gift. I am humbled by the thought you put into it. The clusters are gorgeous on their own, but the pendant and print made it truly special. Thank you.
Response: I am so sorry most of my stuff is buried in a storage unit including my art collection. I wanted to send a better print of the Tara wood carved block but had to settle for the one with the little ink flaw I had put in my scrap papers for collage. I hope you can do something like cut it out and use it for your own work! :)
Comment: Sorry for the late rating! I loved everything you sent me. Thanks.
Response: Fantastic! This was a fun idea. I love birds and had a bit to share. <3
Comment: Thank you for the letter and goodies! I think it's great you are a pack rat. It seems like a bad quality until you or someone else needs something. I love the zine how-to since I've been curious about them, but never looked into it. And a HUGE thank you for the face masks!!! I really appreciate that!
Response: My sewing machine had a hard time with the oval elastic so sorry the corners of the face masks are lumpy. ^^' How To Zine is free to download and print on shellielewis.wordpress along with a few other zines. I have a big collection from creators all over the world. DePaul University library has a collection of zines.
petaluda rated for Summer ATC Swap on Jun 30, 2020
Comment: Thank you🌹Awesome artwork !!!!!!! I cant do either rollerblading or iceskating 😀
Response: this was a fun swap idea. I am glad you like them and they arrived okay. Have good rest of the summer. :3
Comment: This is a gorgeous ATC!!! You are so talented! I love all the details you added. And thank you for the extra stickers!!
Response: So glad you like it. Thank you for swapping. <3
Comment: Thanks for the Rainbow ATC.Hope your life straightens out ..Patt
petaluda rated for A.I - Circles on Apr 9, 2020
Comment: Thanyou for the beautiful card I love it I appreciate all the eotras you sent me🌷
Response: So glad you liked it and thank you or swapping. <3
Comment: ▂▃▅▇█▓▒░۩۞۩ Thank You ۩۞۩░▒▓█▇▅▃▂ Shellie for the *˛˚ღ •˚ ˚mind blowing ~♥~˚ ✰* ★ swap! I am ooing and awing over your gorgeous swap. Your hand drawn and decorated envelope It is just (¯`*•.¸♥♫ ♫ B░E░A░U░T░I░F░U░L ♫ ♥¸.•*´¯) ♥♥♥♥ Wow! Your hand drawn ATC looks like it came straight out of a children's illustration book! Your style has a vintage nursery rhyme feel to it. I like it! Your workmanship is breathtaking! Absolutely gorgeous! The blank note card is adorable and the big Kizuki sticker is very cool looking! This little Japanese envelope is to die for! Where on earth did you find this?! I love the way your note is on this awesome "textured" card. Very posh! Your entire swap is a true treasure and you are an unbelievable artist. You spoil me! Sending you a gazillion hearts! 💖❥💞❦💕❧💗♡💓♥️❤️❤💘ღ💝❣💘💚💟💙💜💛 εїз Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ ❤ ƸӜƷ εїз
Response: So glad you liked it and very impressed with your ALT Code skills! The gift envelope is Chinese for Lunar New Year. Kizuki is a ramen and izakaya restaurant that I hope to go to again soon. They do a small Japanese culture festival which is very fun. I always wanted to do art for a children's book. =^-^= Other than that, just drawing a lot.
mahlermail rated for MMA: ATC Sender's Choice- March on Apr 3, 2020
Comment: Super fun ATCs and goodies - thanks for the great creativity!
Response: I had them for some time but just needed to find them the right home. Thank you for swapping and best to you!
suepier rated for WIYM: Half Dozen PC Swap USA #2 on Mar 31, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the pretty postcard from Indiana.
Response: So glad you like it! <3 Best to you!
Comment: Hi S - You are quite an awesome artist. Thank you so much for the smiling honu ATC - beautiful creature. Your booklets are wonderful too (loved Earth Day) and the ramen decal - how did you know ramen is my favorite? Thank you for brightening my mailbox with the bright yellow envelope ^+^
Response: Yay I am so glad you liked it! I saw that in your profile and I was SURE I had a yellow envelope with a card, so I scurried so fast to look for it. ^_^
Burger1girl rated for Tea & Cookie Recipes #7 on Mar 26, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for a wonderful swap. Thanks for the instructions on zines. The teas look wonderful as do the cookies(beautiful card) . Most of all the ATC!! I just feel in love with it. Looks just like my dog!!!my heart melted...
Response: Aw you have a hound dog? I hope it is a Basset, too! Ten Ren is a major brand, but you might not be aware of it if you do not have a local Chinatown or at least an international tea shop. You can find it online though. :3 So glad you liked the swap. <3 Thank you for swapping! Be safe and best wishes to you.
hibiscus rated for A.I - Time ATC on Mar 12, 2020
Comment: Is there a way to add a few dozen more hearts?? This is one amazing atc ... excellent color work...not just not just the background, excellent fading, but the use on the glass edge ... love the sand and camel!! So clever...and the shading ... very nice...thank you also for that zine and the letter template and the “replicator” card and the gorgeous little envelope! I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed your thanksgiving day story! Love your work... truly...thanks for the burp!!!
Response: Aw, thanks so much! Once I realized you can paint watercolor over ballpoint pen, it opened up a new area of pen and ink effects for me. :3 It is fun!
Cgscdy rated for EASU: Free Theme ATC Swap Feb. on Mar 3, 2020
Comment: Tysm for the very awesome HD/HP atcs. I absolutely love them!
Response: Be careful, the dragon bites. :o
RiverTopanga rated for Mixed-Media 5x7 Work of Art on Jan 8, 2020
Comment: Shellie, thank you for the resend. The new piece is also beautiful. You are quite an artist! Love that you use sparkle in your art too. Really sets it off. I have changed your rating to a 5 since the first one was received on time, and the resend was sent quickly. Have a great new year! I messaged you on Dec. 4 about this, and it is now Dec. 21, and the message is still unread. I'm sorry, but I am rating you a 3 for the swap. I do not feel a round art piece fits the swap requirement of 5x7 inches. Swap states "... work of art 5” x 7” (minimum)...". If you had read my message prior to this rating, we could have discussed.
BLUR rated for 2:2 Artistic Drawing ATCs for You on Dec 9, 2019
Comment: Absolutely LOVE the ATCs! Especially YOSHI ♡♡ Thank you for a great swap!
Response: Thank you for joining my swap. :3
orneryswife rated for AI: 5x7 Mixed Media Abstract on Dec 2, 2019
Comment: Thank you.
vlhafer54 rated for Fall MUG Rug on Nov 21, 2019
Comment: I love the mug rug and the choice of fabrics is great, back & front. Thank you for the great zines, too!
Response: Yay, so glad you liked it. :)
Comment: Thank you for the outstanding ATC. You have talent!! I love the red envelope and the little stencil too. Very nice swap!
Response: So glad you liked all of it!
squince rated for WIYM: Half Dozen PC Swap USA #2 on Nov 14, 2019
Comment: Loved the vintage card!
Response: Thank you for joining my swap! <3

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AmookIslandCreations on Apr 18, 2020:

Hi Shellie! Just checking in to see how you are doing! Hope this note finds you safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

Itti on Jul 9, 2019:

As an amazing artist and dino & marine animal lover I thought you might be interested in joining Scales 'n' Tails? We'd be honoured to have you!

smadronia on Jan 1, 2019:

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May your 2019 be better than 2018, and your best year yet!


AmookIslandCreations on Nov 20, 2018:

anrtist on Nov 14, 2018:

Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Blessings, cc

lou on Dec 11, 2017:

Happy Holidays!

AmookIslandCreations on Nov 18, 2017:

Shellie! Thanks so much for the beautiful quilting and paper art magazines! I will share them with my Quilting Class! Your generosity overwhelms me! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!! The fabric will be greatly appreciated too. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

lou on Jun 29, 2017:

Welcome back!

AmookIslandCreations on May 5, 2017:

Thanks, so much, for the wonderful letter and special gift of whale fabric!!! I love it! More to follow. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

AmookIslandCreations on Dec 30, 2016:

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