Swap-bot Time: July 22, 2024 3:49 am


Date Joined: September 27, 2012
Last Online: July 9, 2024

Country: United States
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𝔾𝕠𝕠𝕕 𝕥𝕠 𝕓𝕖 𝕓𝕒𝕔𝕜.

I have relocated from my hometown in Chicago and am now making Indiana weirder. They do not seem very appreciative of my efforts, so I will have to try harder. There are no good sushi places in town, either. (•`益´•)

Having a had time heal a lot of things, make major life changes, and welcome a new relationship has me in a way better place and have much more energy to be artistic. I have been doing pen and watercolor most often, along with mixed media and various paper arts. I love to try and come up with the perfect things to delight everyone that gets me in a swap. Art is a gift we share with one another.

My new PO Box is not within walking distance, pick up may be slow. Please be patient as I hope to get all swaps scooped at the same time since it is an hour round trip drive and not a ten minute walk anymore.

My portfolio for website code, UX UI, art stuff at shellielewis.net

Like nature? Print your own free copy of a painted art zine about sharks.

shark dancer gif

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

Blizzard Dragon

◙ 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. Does not have to be cute, pretty or mainstream aesthetic, feel free to cover a range in the human experience. ◙

LIKES: Favorite for ATCs. ♥ I like inchies, twinchies, MOO card handmades, small drawings and paintings. I am trying to finish a book of 4x4 inch chunky book pages with images of people / portraits: I will punch for binding. ♥ I do bookbinding.

Favorite things: Dragons & fantasy creatures, Plague Doctors, Basset Hounds, owls, parrots, birds, portraits and people, moths, insects, ice hockey, orchids, Goth & Romantic Goth, Halloween, sharks and pretty much all ocean life, Asian art, architecture, city skylines.

I collect and use paper ephemera including antique cigarette and ad cards; current, vintage and antique postcards. Small works on paper are stored in sports pocket pages in albums.

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

DISLIKES: No tolerance for intolerance. ♥ Love for all diverse people. ♥ Increase the peace. ♥ My partner is Trans and I am Autistic. ♥ Hate is not a value system.

I am not so much into pastels, very feminine merchandise, or scrapbooking elements like die cuts.


Autism Speaks & puzzle piece logos - The word "gyspy" is a racial slur tied to slavery - J.K. Rowling/Harry Potter too many problems to list them all - Racist Kitsch

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


All episodes of Over the Garden Wall (2014)

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

Dragula S5

Favorite Crafts

Extremely into sealing wax right now because I have been blending it for impressions. I enjoy PVC custom art stickers. I do a wide range of fiber arts from knitting, sewing, loom weaving, and drop spindle spinning. Costume and cosplay, including over 30 years of Renaissance Faire nerd. Love tea and USA Forever postage stamps are appreciated.

Free Education & Resources

Winterthur Museum & Library: books, vintage and public domain print media

Over 576 free books, lectures, and articles from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC: digital downloads

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

ꜰʀᴇᴇ ᴠɪɴᴛᴀɢᴇ ᴀɴᴅ/ᴏʀ ᴘᴜʙʟɪᴄ ᴅᴏᴍᴀɪɴ ɪᴍᴀɢᴇꜱ:

𝔇𝔞𝔰 𝔗𝔥𝔦𝔢𝔯 𝔦𝔫 𝔡𝔢𝔯 𝔡𝔢𝔠𝔬𝔯𝔞𝔱𝔦𝔳𝔢𝔫 𝔎𝔲𝔫𝔰𝔱 - 𝔓𝔯𝔬𝔣. 𝔄. 𝔖𝔢𝔡𝔢𝔯

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.

Digital Scrapbook



Clyde painting

2018 Cougars


Comment: Hi Shellie, many thanks for the great yellow mail art environment with your yellow note and the pretty orchids painting inside & the other fun things you sent!
Swan rated for AI: Small Drawing With L♥VE #4 on Jun 22, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the colorful cicade and the insect stickers, very cool resend.
Response: I hope the originals will arrive some day, maybe they are just lost. Sorry you had to wait to get this envelope and thank you for joining my swaps!
Swan rated for AI: Happy Mail Triple Combo #14 USA on Jun 22, 2024
Comment: The resend was really worth waiting for, I love the parakeets, the raven sticker, and the cute frog on the envelope.
Response: So glad you like them!
Comment: Thank you for wonderful art and things loved it
Response: So glad to hear. ☺ Thank you for joining my swap.
wolfeagle rated for USATC: HD/HP ATC - May on Jun 5, 2024
Comment: Love it. Definitely makes me smile. Thank you so much. The seal is cool also.
Response: Thank you for all you do for swappers over all the years you have been hosting. ☺♥☺
young46356 rated for WIYM: NAKED BIRD POSTCARD #5 on May 30, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the card and for joining my swap. Richard
Response: Thank you so much for hosting - great postcard trade idea! ☺
Sonya rated for EASU: MerMAY Sender's Choice ATC on May 25, 2024
Comment: Thank you so much for the sweet HD/HP mermaid ATC, Shellie. She came out lovely. Cheers!
Response: So glad it arrived safe and you like the ATC. ♥
Comment: Thank you for the adorable little inches, the book page and all the little extras!
Response: Drawing and painting that small is hard but I super like the challenge. Thank you so much for joining my swap!
Comment: OMGoodness! What a delight it was to receive this. I was so very careful opening it so I might reuse part of the amazing envelope. And the wax seal is WOW. You really out did yourself. Thank you.
Response: Thank you so much for the kind words and thank you for joinng my swap. ☺
carterj rated for AI: Small Drawing With L♥VE #5 on May 20, 2024
Comment: What a great swap! I adore the sheep ATC! I can absolutely tell you spent many hours on it! So beautiful! Thank you for all the extras as well, awesome swap! I love it as well when my partners are here in the states! Thank you so much!
Response: So glad the envelope arrived safely and is enjoyed. ☺ ☺ ☺ Thank you for joining my swap.
Juniebird rated for WIYM: ANIMAL ART POSTCARD SWAP #1 on May 16, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the postcard featuring lizards... We have a lot of little ones running around here! Sometimes when I go for a walk around the block on my lunch hour I count how many lizards I see sunning themselves on the sidewalk. Best wishes!
Response: I was in central Florida once and went to an outdoor scultpure park and was amazed at all the little anoles skittering around. They seem to like to climb the statues for a warm spot to nap in the sun but they disliked the museum guests! :D
Comment: Thanks so much Shellie! Your art is beautiful and I will use the Sakura painting in a journal and the alpaca atc is adorable! I love the stationery and now I will have to find an H- Mart. I think there’s one about 40 minutes away. I hope you like the art that I made you. I just mailed it!
Response: Good luck on H-Mart! Sometimes it is just the frocery store. My favorite location is a Kotean mall with many stores and the grocery store. ♥ So glad you enjoyed the items and thank you for joining my swap.
bbpolymath rated for EASU: Partner's Profile-based ATC on May 12, 2024
Comment: This is a lovely atc. You are very talented. I am also loving the envelop and note card - will definitely be reusing what I can. Thanks.
Response: Very welcome. ♥
2Hearts rated for USATC: Going for the GOLD! on May 8, 2024
Comment: Shellie - thank you!! I love the ATC and the adorable envies you sent! Thank you!
Response: I had a lot of fun with the ATC, I tend to draw and paint the most so mixed media is a challenge for me. So glad you liked them and thank you for swapping. ♥
Comment: Oh my goodness I absolutely love, love, LOVE all the pelicans! So happy I lucked out to be your send to partner! Very special! I will be holding on to these for sure! Thank you so much for everything! So talented! The inchie, the ATC and such an awesome envelope! THANK YOU
Response: So glad you like them, it was a fun art project! I lucked into this big box of weird brown (vintage?) wedding announcement and RSVP return card and envelope set. I figured I could use them for Autumn and when pelican came up, then I knew I had a use for one right way! ☺ ☺ ☺
coleenfranks rated for MMA: Bird ATC (International) on Apr 24, 2024
Comment: Shellie, great job. I love it. Thanks also for the little extras and what a beautiful card and envie. It was a delight just the see it come out of the mailbox. Cheers to you too.
Response: So glad when everything arrives safe and is liked. Best to you and thank you for keeping in the ATC trading hobby. ♥
Response: ♥
hibiscus rated for Last Day of March - Sender's Choice on Apr 13, 2024
Comment: what a delightful card...love the seals basking in the sun...and the expression on the face of the central one is priceless...thank you so much for this really well rendered day at the beach...
Response: I ♥ seals and sea lions so much. They can teach us how to rest on a good beach, bouy, or just about anything they get comfortable to nap. ☺ ☺ ☺
meganimal rated for WIYM: ATC - DOG GONE IT! on Apr 11, 2024
Comment: Thank you so much for the fabulous art/atcs! I love them both so much and if I could rate more than one heart, I would! ;)
Response: I have some older painted ATCs and the Firda has been looking for a home for a while. Glad you liked them & thank you for trading. ☺
coleenfranks rated for A.I. Clusters - US on Apr 9, 2024
Comment: Well, that was creative in the manner of our "Artistically Inclined" site. They're different and I very much like them. Thanks for joining my swap.
Response: So glad you like them, was aiming for painting and fine art flair. I hope they are enjoyed for an art book or journal project. ♥ Wonderful swap, thank you for hosting it.

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wolfeagle on Apr 13, 2024:

What a thoughtful and sweet package. This sea shell booklet is so sweet. I may even turn it in to a necklace. Thank you so very much.

wolfeagle on Dec 25, 2023:


AmookIslandCreations on Oct 22, 2023:

Hi Shellie, Just thinking about you on this beautiful fall Sunday! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

lou on Sep 24, 2022:

Happy 10th anniversary month, glad you’re here!

wolfeagle on Sep 7, 2022:


Thank you so much for the awesome pink haired witch ATC.

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

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