Swap-bot Time: May 26, 2024 2:01 pm


Date Joined: May 3, 2018
Last Online: May 26, 2024
Birthday: August 30
Country: United States

about me

i am a retired graphic illustrator and painter - i was introduced to mail-art in the 1990's, but waited until 2017 to join the fun!

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 these fun projects, 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 children's illustrated books - 1930's, 40's, 50's, and i adore illustrations from the 1800's.

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 inks.

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 .. hand painted backgrounds are especially appreciated.

i collect assemblage jewelry, and love the combination of antique papers, and paints.

wish list

vintage or antique ephemera/
vintage b/w or sepia photo postcards/
marbled paper/gelli prints/
french/paris vintage paper anything
advertising from magazines or mail from other countries/
vintage illustrations/
vintage/antique architectural elements: doors, windows, corbels

happy to receive

handmade art
handmade tags

i prefer vertical artwork - any size

FAVORITE COLORS: burnt orange - ochre - gray
turquoise - lime green
dirty pink - fuschia - ltgreen . robin's egg blue


little girls




birds / birds' nests

bees / beehives


little houses


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 - love the colors, designs,
and the creative side of all things halloween
edward gorey fan

vintage christmas


museum cards, vintage people
botanical of any kind
black/white or sepia vintage photos
linen of any subject
colorful, fun, silly, modern
vintage holiday any time of the year!

favorite artists

henri matisse
van gogh
raoul dufy
kay nielsen
georgia o'keefe
frida kahlo
diego rivera
lisbeth zwerger

marc chagall
andy warhol
jean-michel basquait
peter max
wayne thiebaud
helen frankenthaler

one last thing:

please let me know if you haven't received my swap.

some of my mail art is on my instagram account: marlies.wilding


Comment: Hi Marlies! Great to swap together again. I LOVE what you sent--the handmade pocket from handmade paper is beautiful and the rubber-stamped items are so unique. Thank you so much, my friend.
Comment: Thank you. I love the items you sent.
Ikat78 rated for CPE Matisse Cutouts on May 20, 2024
Comment: Love the colorful papers you used. Your shapes are great too. How fun, thank you.
shreve rated for CR: snip, stick, send PC (USA ) #11 on May 20, 2024
Comment: Love the octopus!! Also loved how you cut the description and put it on the back. Very lovely swap thank you:)
Comment: Thank you
btbeth rated for SMSUSA: Simply Happy Mail: 5 Partners on May 15, 2024
Comment: thank you so much!
Comment: Thank you for the happy mail, love the envie it came in too!
RockyBeach rated for IFM: Recycle Your Mail (ART)-Apr on May 8, 2024
Comment: Your envelope arrived savely! Sometimes the postal system can be gentle. :) It turned out great, thank you!
Comment: Hi Marlies, and thank you for the very special page you created for me. I am a huge fan of poetry--especially vintage (where things actually rhyme ;+) I love the image and the way you made it so special with the sewing and embellishments.
chimerix rated for AI: Use your paints Handmade PC on Apr 15, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the painted PC. I like the colors you used. Aloha
Comment: Hi Marlies! Your JJ arrived just in time for April! I really love the journal you created. You found some beautiful images and your 'little something' on each page is creative and unique. Love that cover, too. You called it 'all over the place,' I call is understated and sophisticated!
Response: i am so delighted that you love it! thank you for the feedback and heart
georgiafae rated for Envie full of Black on Mar 8, 2024
Comment: Great black things! Love all the laces and the papers including the paper you wrapped it in! The note card was beautiful and fantastic! Thanks for sharing!
Response: thank you for the feedback and heart!
January rated for CPE Me, In Paper on Jan 31, 2024
Comment: Thank you for your thoughtful grouping of paper. And those vintage valentines are delicious:)
ultracinematik rated for CPE Paper Bomb! on Jan 10, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the papery goodies!
Comment: Hi Marlies! Please forgive my late rating . . . I was gone for 2 of the last 3 months in 2023 and still feel not-yet-settled. I truly enjoyed your weekly mailings and all the sweet goodies you included each week. Thank you so much for joining and for your timely mailings. A move to Arizona? Wow . . . I hope you are very happy in your new home and that we get to swap together often in 2024!
donetta rated for RF: Vintage Santa Large Rolo on Dec 26, 2023
Comment: This sweet rolo is an homage to all things vintage Christmas, from the background papers to the images of Santa from two separate eras. And omg, the vintage ric rac! It even has a little (filled!) pocket! Thank you so much, Ellen!
Comment: I LOVE the snowman card and your decorated envelope with awesome stamps! I agree, it is fun to have a reason to sort through my old stamps! You did a great job! : ) Thanks too for the pretty notecard - such a pretty color scheme (I love pink and silver!) and a map and the moon --- perfect! Enjoy the holidays and I hope we swap again soon!
Comment: Oh where do I start?! The journal you created is absolutely lovely. Tied closed with the double ribbon, I felt like I was opening a Christmas present! I like how you created it from a file folder, the papers you chose were so fun, and the little extras were as well. Thank you for a beautiful Dec journal!
Response: you are so very welcome! thank you for your wonderful comments on this.
JudalineZ rated for SPOOKY PARCEL on Nov 15, 2023
Comment: I just got back from my out of state trip for a month. It was really fun surprise waiting for me at home. I love everything you sent and it was fun to unwrap them! Thank you very much!
tcornell rated for Sticker Bombed Birthday Card on Nov 13, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the nice birthday card, plastered with stickers! It isn't actually my birthday till January, but I just had to join in the fun!

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bigmamabird on May 27, 2023:

Many thanks for the awesome and generous Creative Hideout surprise happy mail, Marlies! I haven't gone through it all the way yet, I hope there's a note still! Hope you have a happy weekend!

Ikat78 on May 14, 2023:

Thank you for the lovely handmade pc with purples and greens. I love the little bird peeping through the color black. Creative Hideout Group

bpl76 on Apr 7, 2023:

Thank you for the get well happy mail !!

OrigamiGrace on Nov 24, 2022:


debbiespoms on Sep 15, 2022:

Hi and welcome to the group Postcards Scavenger Hunt ! So happy to have you join and thank you and I hope you'll enjoy it.

ScrapHappyGabi on Dec 31, 2021:

stephiedee on Dec 21, 2021:

Thank you for the great addition to my Halloween exquisite corpse deco, Marlies! It turned out AWESOME....I'll get a vid of it up on my IG later today. Happy Christmas!

joybells2426 on Dec 20, 2021:

Thank you so much for your work in my Just Because deco. I love it!!

Rabbitfreedom on Oct 31, 2021:

Thank you so much for the wonderful extra envelope of ephemera goodies! It made it in great time, with no issues, hmm. You just never know how the USPS is gonna handle your packages. Thanks again!

kiddomerriweather on Oct 26, 2021:

I'm up for swapping with you any time. =D

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