View Full Version : Funny Fish Swap~Due June 26

04-13-2020, 02:23 PM
Swap Due Date - June 26, 2020
Signup/Withdraw Date - None - Just communicate!
Number of cups - 2:2 or 3:3 or 4:4
Number of Participants - unlimited
HP/HD or Mixed Media

Funny Fish Swap

Funny Fish! Funky Fish!, Foolish Fish! Felonious Fish?

In this swap you will make your own little school of 2, 3 or 4 fish. They can be any shape: abstract, silly, realistic or imaginary. If you are doing mixed media, please keep them flat.


Your fish will need to fit in a regular 9X4 business size envelope, bear in mind those fins can get a little overlarge….your fish will need to fit in the envelope.

Please make your fish side view, that is the head facing left or right.

This is a no sign up swap.

Cootie Alert: Covid-19. Please write your AFA user name in large letters on the reverse on the envelope. I will be quarantining mail for 72 hours before opening. I will acknowledge receipt of your fish on the thread they day they arrive, but the ohhs and ahhs will have to wait until I open the envelope after their 72 hour quarantine,


Your fish should fit inside a regular business sized envelope.. If you are mailing more than 4 fish, please include an extra additional ounce postage stamp. Otherwise include one first class postage stamp and a large address label for your returns. I will provide the return envelopes.

International players: I will cover your return postage. Got dicy postal service where you are? Let me know and I will hold your returns until they can be mailed.


Juanita Rojas
04-13-2020, 05:14 PM
YAY! Your fish are so cool I have to try to make mine worm-worthy. No sign-up, but count me in.

04-13-2020, 06:19 PM
Woo Hoo!

04-13-2020, 07:21 PM
Definitely count me in on this "fishing charter" too.
Are you saying any size? or within what limits exactly?
I want a whole school to dangle like a mobile over my kitchen sink from a huge driftwood limb.
Would be super sweet if both sides had art on them.....just sayin fishy-wishy

04-13-2020, 11:57 PM
Swimming around.

04-14-2020, 09:20 AM
Come on Kristen, stick your toe in...

04-14-2020, 09:22 AM
SIZE LIMIT: Your fish should fit inside a regular business envelope without bending.

This one is about 8 inches long. "Catch of the Day"


04-14-2020, 09:44 AM
So love this one

Terri F
04-14-2020, 12:29 PM
Fintastic ;)

04-14-2020, 02:55 PM

04-14-2020, 04:49 PM
Long time no see Julianne! Not exactly the Malicious Fish, but in the same school...

04-14-2020, 05:12 PM
Is this the swap I've been herring so much about? Sounds like a great oppor-tuna-ty for some fun! Doesn't get any betta than this. I'm o'fish-ially lurking.

04-14-2020, 07:49 PM
Kelly, you are a clever girl. AJ- I will cast my reel into the waters and see what I can create! I love fishies!

04-15-2020, 11:59 AM
Punny, punny ladies

04-16-2020, 02:35 AM
I got my flippers on...can I come dive into your swap?

04-16-2020, 08:53 PM
please do Heathermae. Welcome!

Miss M
04-18-2020, 11:22 AM
I'm casting my line into this pond :)

04-18-2020, 03:40 PM
sounds like fun. and I am glad to finally see a no-sign up swap. They are so much easier to host.

04-18-2020, 06:36 PM
Swim, swim! Lurking for worms! Haha JK

04-19-2020, 10:16 AM
Do you have suggestions for bases? Would water color paper or bristol board work?

04-19-2020, 11:12 AM
This looks like fun. Count me in for schooling.

Terri F
04-19-2020, 12:48 PM
Some fishies just happened to swim into my Gallery. I will let them swim your way soon. :)

04-20-2020, 10:05 AM
Even though there is something very fishy about this swap, it is reeling me in. Thanks for coming up with these fun ideas.

04-20-2020, 05:50 PM
Terri I just weent and spied your fishes in the glalery...they look like they are tap dancing on their fins! Very Cute!

04-20-2020, 07:38 PM
Hey AJ - my fishies just set sail today, heading your way!!

04-20-2020, 09:34 PM
Well, mine are still in the pail.

04-21-2020, 09:22 AM
treading water

04-21-2020, 07:38 PM
I was stressing about the fish shape. But then I noticed my hairbrush has the shape I'm looking for. I added fins and it still fits in the business envelope. So sometimes this week I'll start on the actual fish. I certainly have time. I;ve done my april birthday cards and have already begun on the May ones.

04-22-2020, 10:27 AM
Hair Brush as a template?!?! Brilliant!

*runs off to check my own hair brushes for inspiration*

Terri F
04-22-2020, 11:01 AM

04-23-2020, 08:18 PM
Looks like I'll be wading into this swap. Here are two fishies from me. The orange one is inspired by the style of our lovely hostess, and the second is the bee's knees:


04-23-2020, 08:25 PM
Sista, YOU are the bees knees! I am so glad to see Nanner work in this swap!! YAY for cool fish!!

04-24-2020, 09:18 AM
Wonderful fish, Nanner! I was just thinking you would be good at this.

04-24-2020, 08:38 PM
Colorful fish have always fascinated me so I will see what I can come up with. All the pics are so great! And I love the fish mobile idea!

04-24-2020, 10:06 PM
I love this! So the fish are just hand drawn and cut on paper like Bristol?

04-25-2020, 10:42 AM
I will be using cereal boxes for my fish guts.

04-25-2020, 01:58 PM
fish cad be cut from most any sturdy paper, Bristol, or watercolor or card stock.

MAIL CALL Marilyn your one fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish have come into to pool!

Welcome Nanner! Great to see you!

04-25-2020, 02:11 PM
Whoops ! another MAIL CALL: TERRI F

your fishes waltzed in this afternoon. Love their little walking fins! And the fish wrap you put them in is fabulous!

04-25-2020, 05:09 PM
Yay!! SO glad that they swam over so fast. I hope they enjoy the quarantine rest and jump out of the envelope rested and ready to swim with the tide, so to speak!! Cheers to you all in this weird time!

04-26-2020, 12:00 PM
Sounds fishy to me so count me in - or I guess not? Anyway I will be working diligently on them shortly and will post pics when finished...

04-26-2020, 05:54 PM

04-26-2020, 09:44 PM
So just wondering if we can chunk up our fish a bit?

04-29-2020, 09:23 PM
within reason, by all means yes!

Reason: rhinestone height or so. Bottle caps not so much.

05-02-2020, 11:15 AM
Mine went out in the mail yesterday. My envelope was getting thick so I mailed my fish in 2 envelopes. One has 3 fish, the other 2 and the label and loose postage.

05-04-2020, 06:00 PM
My fish are on their way to you.

05-05-2020, 11:36 AM
So glad I caught this big one! You've got me hook, line and sinker!
And I agree, two sided fishes would be super!

05-05-2020, 02:31 PM
I made a fish mobile out of two sided fish, a lot of fun.

The center fish is not a funny flounder, but a UFO. No I don't know why.


05-05-2020, 07:12 PM
I love it!! Maybe the UFO is just the center of the universe, which we fishies all swim around? Very cool AJ!!

05-07-2020, 09:10 AM
OOOOOO.... I am in love with all these fish! I am not casting in yet.. because I haven't tried to make a fish yet.. and what if they are all stinky dead fish??? Standing on the dock.. wistfully watching..

05-07-2020, 12:12 PM
I made a fish mobile out of two sided fish, a lot of fun.

The center fish is not a funny flounder, but a UFO. No I don't know why.


What kind of wire did you use? I want to make one.

05-08-2020, 08:59 PM
I used 25 lb galvanized steel wire, I bought it at Wal-mart.

Mail Call: Nancy your fishes have arrived, complete with their button eyes!

05-12-2020, 01:13 AM
art_junkie I love your mobile. Do the fish need to be finished on both sides?

05-12-2020, 02:12 AM
art_junkie I was asking if the fish for the swap needed to be done on both sides.

Laurie Kett
05-12-2020, 06:04 PM
Well wonderful catches....love the colourfully shaped fishes! Will have to consider throwing a line in!

Laurie Kett
05-12-2020, 08:58 PM
🙃love the mobile!

05-13-2020, 03:15 AM

05-13-2020, 07:41 AM
Woot! awesome fishes and the puffer is brilliant!

05-13-2020, 09:36 AM
Heathermae77 your fish are terrific. Great teeth!!

05-13-2020, 02:19 PM
This was so much fun! I could make 20! However, I did make 7, so two have to go and one would be a hostie. I managed to get all but one in an envelope anyway. I may send my hostie separate, so pick one out art_junkie. Then, I'll need help to decide which four to swap out.

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05-13-2020, 02:29 PM
Thank you everyone for the support...i had so much fun..it was hard to stop...i sent 8..so 2 are hostess gifts and 6 are trades...i could have sent a whole school...would love to do this again

05-13-2020, 03:44 PM
I thought four was the limit (four cups in the initial post) :twitcy:

05-13-2020, 04:19 PM
If i only get 4 back then so be it I am happy just to have played.

05-13-2020, 10:27 PM
This sounds fun! Count me in!

05-14-2020, 04:46 PM
My school of fish is going on a field trip. They left from my mail box today.

05-15-2020, 09:33 AM
All these fish are so fun! I love the idea of the mobile. I might have to try that idea with my fish returns and with some other fun things.

05-16-2020, 11:13 AM
Mobiles are fun, but the balance part is tricky. I had a small supply of beads to weight things which worked well.

05-19-2020, 07:40 AM
Made some fishies, too. How did you all finish the back?


05-19-2020, 09:07 AM
Those are fantastic, Evalila!

Terri F
05-19-2020, 10:28 AM
Awesome fishies Evalila. :)

05-19-2020, 12:10 PM
Made some fishies, too. How did you all finish the back?


Great fishies, Evalila! I made the back of my fish black with white pen, some collage items and glitterglue.

05-19-2020, 11:02 PM
Oh My Evalila Your fish are so very toothsome. Backs are up to you, Some people made them two sided, others just put the artist info.


WildHolly Finny Miracles of Paint and ink, like tattoos!
Daisies: Mixed media marvels of fancy paper and paint and even a food-chain fishy!

05-21-2020, 06:22 AM
My fishies are swimming up stream to you today!

05-23-2020, 05:15 AM
My fishies are on their way, too. I sent two envelopes...

05-26-2020, 08:37 PM

HeatherMae Both HD/HP and some seriously fancy marble paper beauties
BLUESKY HARE: two sided marvels beautiful both coming and going

05-28-2020, 07:02 PM
My fish are swimming your way in the mail. :)

05-29-2020, 07:09 PM
So... I could not stop making these fish. I read in the thread that someone wanted the back finished too, so I thought I could lazy my way through that by scanning the fish, reversing them, and printing them on some vinyl sticker paper I had and just sticking that on the back. The test sheet I printed looked good, but when I put them on the fish, they were just a tiny bit smaller. There was a learning curve, so the first few are a little sketchy on the back. Also, nowhere to put my name, so I wrote it tiny on the fish. These were too much fun! The set of 3 is a hostie set.

05-29-2020, 08:31 PM
Cool fish, poonwugget!

05-30-2020, 05:53 PM
Swim this way! Swim this way Poon. Fabulous Fin-y Fun!

Blueangel: your pretties have arrived with all their awesome expressions!

06-02-2020, 02:56 PM
Ooh lurking...

06-03-2020, 09:08 PM
mail call

KSj1717 ( Kimberly your two sided marvels have arrived

06-03-2020, 09:25 PM
Heading out to restaurant--outside on a dock, it is called, "Fishy Fishy".. how cool is that!

06-04-2020, 09:54 AM
Wow! That took a while. The sleeves should arrive in a day or two.

06-06-2020, 03:06 PM
I'm here, not signing up, like everyone else, lol.
Sketched out some fishies. We'll see if I finish and send in time.
This brilliant fish art is seriously intimidating!
Hope I reel in some of those beauties!

06-07-2020, 03:28 PM
I've got a small school ready to head into a bigger pond!

06-08-2020, 11:03 AM
I'm not even trying to mention favorites! I'd be thrilled to receive ANY of these great fishies! :jiggy:

06-09-2020, 12:01 PM
Lord willin' and the crick don't rise, I'll be popping my fish into the mail today! :)
I'm doing 3:3, so one is a hostie. ;)
BTW, I bought 4 packs of stickers at Walmart yesterday just so I could use the plastic sleeves for my fish, lol. They were a wee bit tall for the envelope so I trimmed them and sealed with washi tape. It worked. :idea:

06-09-2020, 02:18 PM
Love the eel, plumhill2001! That's very creative! All of them are great! The flounder is also a fantastic idea!

06-10-2020, 08:09 AM
Oh my what a toothsome fish you have Plumhill, and the eel makes me want to got back to the drawing board.

Miss M
06-10-2020, 08:38 AM
I mailed my fishies on Monday, and as I'm getting ready to log in and update the thread I realized I forgot to take a picture...:eek:...sooooo mystery fishes on their way!

06-10-2020, 08:45 PM
I'll post a picture for you when they arrive MissM

Poonwugget's school swam in and OH MY.

06-12-2020, 01:54 PM
Well, I had good intentions for this swap but only got one fish made and now I can’t find it. I put it in a safe place but I’ve forgotten where. If I ever find it again maybe I’ll still make that mobile. I’m sorry to miss out on all the great fish this thread has generated. Y’all are some talented artists.

06-15-2020, 01:38 PM
My fishies got kind of stinky. I had been working on them and they kind of went south, so I will need to withdraw from this swap. I love everyone's fish!

06-15-2020, 01:49 PM
I have fish ready to swim out...but I need an address verification please.

06-15-2020, 05:57 PM
Fishes swimming to you.

06-15-2020, 08:41 PM
My fishes...I think I was hungry when I did them.

06-15-2020, 08:46 PM
whoa! Nice fish BlueSky. BTW I pm's my addy

06-16-2020, 10:44 AM
My fishes...I think I was hungry when I did them.

That's hilarious!

But....I LOVE ALL of your fishies!!

06-16-2020, 12:18 PM
My fishes...I think I was hungry when I did them.

Those are all great, Bluesky! :)

06-16-2020, 07:12 PM
OMG Bluesky, those fish are amazing. I love each and every one of them. What a fantastic job you did on them!!!!

06-17-2020, 12:50 AM
No sign of my fishies yet? I hope they arrive in time, mailed them about 4 weeks ago. Mail from Germany to the US seems to take ages at the moment :(

06-17-2020, 08:30 PM
no fishes yet, but all the mail is slow...

Miss M

06-18-2020, 03:09 AM
are sleeves 'mandatory'?

06-22-2020, 09:57 PM
I think sleeves are next to impossible.


BlueSky! your pretties have finned in!

06-24-2020, 09:33 PM
Mail Call:

Miss M
Flying Phoenix

Miss M
06-25-2020, 02:52 PM
You got two envies from me? One's from an imposter! ;):biglaugh:

06-27-2020, 01:42 PM
Operator error....

Fishes are in the post today.

06-27-2020, 08:24 PM

Terri F
07-02-2020, 02:47 PM
Awesome fishies swam into my mailbox today.

Thank you Art_junkie for hosting this really fun swap.
from poonwugget
They are all so cool!

07-02-2020, 06:24 PM
Thank you for hosting Art-Junkie
Received returns.

07-02-2020, 07:21 PM
Thanks for a fishy-good swap! I love my returns- thanks to Plumhill2001, Heatherae77, Poonwugget and our esteemed hostess A_J for a fantabulous swap!!! STAY WELL AND SAFE EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!

07-03-2020, 09:09 AM
My returns arrived yesterday. So thanks for hosting. It was a different and fun shape to create.I've given out all the points.

07-03-2020, 02:07 PM
Got my awesome fish! I will be leaving gold stars shortly.

07-03-2020, 02:25 PM
THRILLED with my Funny Fish! Thanks to Poonwugget (small yellow and blue fish), WildHolly (colorful orange stripey toothy fish), Heathermae77 (red/yellow/blue/green toothy fish) and TherapeuticArt (Messenger fish)!! They are all so great! Thanks, art_junkie, for hosting such a fun swap!

07-03-2020, 08:22 PM
My returns have arrived and they are too cool for SCHOOL! Thanks to Flying Phoenix, Blueangel and our lovely hostess! This is wonderful art!

Extra thanks for a swimming swap, dearest Ruth. :wubclub:

07-04-2020, 09:18 AM
What a wonderful swap! I received my fun fishy returns and have left feedback. Thank you!

Miss M
07-16-2020, 01:14 PM
Fishies have finally arrived! :jiggy: You Rocks and iTraders given.

07-18-2020, 01:29 PM
Thanks to all for great fishy's I recd. I could not find Flying Phoenix to thank for the striped sun fish.

07-19-2020, 11:49 AM
Have lovely fish swimming around.