Archive for the ‘Shellie Lewis’ Art’ Category

Inchies: A dangerous addiction

If you want something fun and challenging and like to make miniatures, inchies are a dangerous addiction. The challenge is to make a one inch square artwork. I think they are a lot of fun. I like to do pen and ink with watercolour, but have done fully painted, colored pencil and mixed media inchies. Two sets were sold and the others were mail art inchie trades I did from 2013 to present.

Like ATCs, you want inchies to be card thickness, 140# to 300# water color paper, illustration board, Bristol board or mounted on chipboard. I tend to use watercolour paper or paste thinner drawing paper onto cereal box board. I have my traded inchies from other artists in plastic pages in a binder. I have the pages made for collecting Pogs, but postal stamp album pages also work well. Some collectors glue them onto sheets to make “inchie quilts” by placing them together with the edges touching to create a larger artwork out of all the individual inchies.


Summer Inches 2014

I made this set this past week for a group trade.

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Owls are a hoot.

July 25, 2014 2 comments

Barn Owls 2014

A friend was getting married and I asked what he wanted for a gift. He and his fiancee had seen a pair of owls at local nature park so I set forth to put a bird some owls on it. I made the mistake of offering an oil painting, which given three months time from learning about the wedding to the date of the ceremony was not possible, since an oil painting takes 10 months to a year to dry enough to varnish. I opted for watercolours on an 12 x 16 sheet of Arches. He didn’t know what kind of owls they had seen and it turns out it could have been any of six species indigenous to Illinois. I swiped and modded an image of barn owls via Google image search and put ten hours into the painting. It looked very nice matted and framed. That’s just how it goes when you invite the starving artist to your wedding, you’re not getting fine china or crystal but it will be something unique.

Categories: Shellie Lewis' Art

Fun with the Intuitive Painting Technique

Intuitive Painting 2014 Shellie Lewis


The best description of “intuitive painting” as the phrase is in use today is working wet and loosely, letting the paint media have some random effects and working for enjoyment more than trying to model features. Doing faces is a popular subject and ArtTrader magazine has a nice article with many examples here. The technique works best if you work with a monochrome or very few closely related colours.

I tried to branch out and used some watered down CMY Process silkscreen inks. The art went into a round robin zine that had a group of artists contributing work. I think I framed this painting with too many ink lines and worked too tightly, so I will try this process again. It is an interesting exercise to do for working loosely and quickly.




Mail Art Show in Marseille, France

April 14, 2014 4 comments

Mail Art Mermaid 300


A completely unrelated mail art destination is also thinking about mermaids. Galerie LE LAB in Marseille, France is accepting mail art for a show with a mermaid theme. Anyone can send in a piece and something will be sent back when the mermaid mail art is received.

International shipping for an envelope is currently $1.15. I made my painted envelope using mixed media that includes Japanese brush and Rapidograph pens, colored pencil, metallic colored pencil and acrylic paint on watercolor paper, 5 x 8 inches. The black ink is waterproof so it is easy to paint over the drawing using thinned acrylic paints. The metallic colored pencils give a little bit of shimmer to the work.

If you want to join this art show the website is here, or go and see the other art received. The art needs to be at the gallery before May 10, 2014. I usually give two weeks or more for items to arrive in most parts of Europe.

Angels and Mermaids Artist Trading Cards

April 13, 2014 1 comment

On fun thing that artist trading card groups do is “Theme Swaps”. I joined in group trades for art with angels and mermaids. I usually work from imagination since it is hard to get a visual reference for either angels or mermaids. I keep looking but I have not managed to see either Therefore, I have to just make up some kind of cartoon and paint it. Here are some recent painted artist trading cards I completed.

ATC Swap Angel


Mailed to India, how exciting!

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Basic Hand Drawn Animation

April 12, 2014 8 comments



400 x 400 pixels

Here is the finished little “What’s in your mailbox?” animated GIF someone requested for a mail art group. It’s cute and it was fun to make. Too bad the GIF format pixelates color gradients. The animation looks better in the program because the glowing light and clouds are smooth. I have no idea why there is not an animated JPG format; only a programmer could explain why.

I put a lot of time into the second round of this little seven second animation. I forgot to save the original Photoshop file where I matched and laid out the layers of the rough pencil sketches. I just did a screen capture of the GIF I put online, dropped each screen capture as a layer for the new Photoshop file and up-sampled the roughs to 144 dpi.

I was going batty from slamming layers in Photoshop all day. Sal, my Hockey Blogger Boyfriend, insisted I find the Beavis and Butthead “Animation Sucks” episode, which further proves that Mike Judge is both brilliant and hilarious in describing reality. Animation is pretty exhausting. It helps to try and not do it all at once. You really need to take breaks when working on an animation project. It also helps to remind yourself that the professional grade work is done by huge teams of people using better software and hardware!


Small 250 x 250 pixels

Roughs for an animation in progress…

March 31, 2014 1 comment



I have been fascinated with animated GIFs lately. The ones I have made thus far have been photography based. Animated GIFs are a nice, compact way to show many images in one section of a webpage, like when I mushed over 100 of my artist trading cards into one GIF. Then I made pages of a zine I drew into a GIF. It was only a matter of time before I tried to make a hand drawn animated GIF. My mail art and swapping friend Lou wants some kind of nice graphic for a mail art trading group. I was thinking about a cute country mail box done as a digital cartoon.

This is the (very) rough animation so far. I have puffy clouds, grass and daisies to work in with the animation. My main idea is to have a country mailbox that opens up to reveal many envelopes and sparkles. It’s just a little 400 px square 144 dpi graphic. I am not going for a lot of detail, just something more interesting than a static image. I should able to make the door open more smoothly with the rotate tool in Photoshop and adding more layers for more frames. This is one of those unpaid type jobs that I am playing with for fun. I think if I do not use any black outlines -or just minimize black outlines- and use a lot of digital painting style it will look interesting.

More Mail Art to the Lviv, Ukraine Show

March 24, 2014 2 comments

I mailed two more collage art work to the Show Your Vision collage art show coming this September in Lviv, Ukraine. Here are the details and address to mail to: original post. It has been wonderful to send work that is enjoyable to make, that is wanted to by someone and may offer feelings of goodwill to people going through hardship. Please send a collage art item to support this mail art show and the artist that is hosting the exhibit.



Deep Water by Shellie Lewis, mixed media collage, 14.8 x 21 cm, 2014


New York, New York by Shellie Lewis, mixed media collage, 14.8 x 21 cm, 2014

Free Owl Sewing Pattern

March 12, 2014 5 comments


I made an owl pattern you can use for free! Please no sales or commercial use involving this pattern. I am retaining copyright on this pattern; you may use it for personal enjoyment, gifts and swaps / trades. The weather in Chiberia still has us snowed in. I was pretty bored from being indoors and created this pattern for a small stuffed toy, hanging ornament or you could even use this pattern for a paper collage.

I recommend felt for a sewn pattern; t-shirt scraps will work well also. Embroidery floss and some hand embroidering is a nice way to embellish this pattern. Buttons make nice eyes. Using felt or any stiff fabric for the feet will make the stuffed toy version stand upright.


I find it helpful to print the pattern on thick paper like cardstock, cut out the pattern and trace it on the reverse of the fabrics being used to sew the owl. You can enlarge the pattern digitally or on a photocopier. The pattern here is made to be 4 inches tall. Right click and open the image in a new tab if you are having trouble getting the full sized pattern image to download.

Free Owl Pattern Shellie Lewis 2014

Artist Trading Card Animated Zine

February 8, 2014 3 comments


Share artist trading cards with the world! Here is a zine I made as an animation you can link to, email, tweet and send any way you want. Share the idea of artist trading cards with as many people as you can. Short link to this post:


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