Swap-bot Time: November 18, 2019 5:19 am


Date Joined: June 17, 2011
Last Online: November 4, 2019
Birthday: April 2
Country: Australia
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About Me

Hello, I am a mixed media artist and lover of all sorts of junk- especially stuff I can incorporate into a painting or a collage. I live in NSW, Australia in a small town by the Clarence River. Now that I have retired from my other life, I am a full-time artist who works everyday in my studio that overlooks gum trees and the river.

Between us, my husband and I have 4 grown up sons and 5 grandchildren- 2 boys and 3 girls. We also have a chocolate coloured miniature poodle who is now more latte than chocolate!

We love to travel both in Australia and overseas.

Please remember that Australia has very strict quarantine laws and will check parcels. To find out more go to http://www.daff.gov.au/aqis/mail/cant-mail

When I am not working I could be:
* Travelling- I love Japan having lived there for a year in 2006-7, or parts of Australia. I dicovered Scotland last year.

  • At the beach-My favourite thing in life is to dive through the surf with my eyes wide open. I love shells, the lacy designs the waves leave when they recede and the amazing art work that sand crabs create when they dig their holes;
  • In an art store hunting for new materials- love paper and paint.

  • In charity shops with my eye on something interesting-a book, lace, old papers;

  • Meeting with friends;

  • Volunteering at our Art & Craft Association's Gallery; in my studio.

Did you notice I didn't mention housework or cooking? I do both but not with enjoyment-luckily my husband is a good cook. As we have just moved house I have to include house renos and gardening as well.

In my studio you will find:
Sometimes a friend or two
Paper-I love paper. All kinds, all colours, all textures
Paints-I work mostly in acrylics and any other water based medium
Painting and collage tools and equipment-I was saving these for 20 years!
My easel-a gift from my school when I retired.(they knew my passion!)
Reference books
Art school notebooks from when I did courses
Old books, knitting patterns, dress patterns
Printmaking needs- paper, inks, brayer, baren, lino blocks, woods blocks AND my press.
My junk-the herbs and spices of my paintings
Part finished paintings
Printing experiments & finished works
Postcards and flyers for exhibitions
Handmade cards
And much more

Favorite Crafts

I am more into painting, collage and printmaking but I like to make my own cards using these techniques.
I love printmaking- etching,lino, woodcut, monoprint and have my own 2nd hand press!
I joined Swap-Bot for the ATCs so I have to say I love making them. I usually include painting or printing techniques in the ATCs that I make.
My favourite subjects to paint are trees, flowers, sea creatures and other aspects of nature. I love strong colours (rather than neutrals), texture and enjoy playing around with all sorts of techniques. I have taken a liking to art journals and tip in pages and am endeavouring to use these techniques in my collages. Recently I have been doing a bit of watercolour as well.

Favorite Books

Scandanavian crime novels are my favourite, followed by British then other crime novels.
I like historical crime as well.
I also like children's books. My favourites are Corduroy, Are You My Mother?, The Story About Ping, Harry the Dirty Dog, books by Mem Fox, Janet & Allen Ahlberg and A A Milne (especially poetry)
OLD, broken, sad books that can come to life in one of my art works would be reloved by me.

Things I don't like

Cigarette smoke
Perfumed items
Tea or Coffee
Not interested in Halloween
Not interested in Christmas or Easter
Glitter - it ends up in the ocean and eventually in us when we eat fish.
Balloons- they end up in the ocean and are ingested by turtles and other sea creatures.


As I live in Australia it may take 10 days or more to receive my swaps.

Things I'd like to receive

Thank you to everyone who has ever sent me lovely commercial papers for ATCs and collage. I now have more than enough.
However I would love to receive...
Handmade paper
Textured paper
Old maps
Pages from old books

Angels I have met...

@mappy for Wattle ATC
@bug for Zentangle # 1
@piratecaptainmo for Zentangle #2
@cafras for Fingerprint ATC


mizlilyroo rated for Altered large puzzle piece on Oct 21, 2019
Comment: Loved your puzzle piece! the colours are dynamic. Incidentally they were the theme colours for the needleworkers display that I so admired last year at the craft show. What did you use to create the texture layer?
Response: Thank you for the rating and the heart. I used a wallpaper sample for the textured background
cafras rated for Bits and Pieces Collage on Sep 15, 2019
Comment: I like the title you have chosen for this project and I think you have portrayed it very well.
Response: Thank you and for the heart. I like that we keep our own work...that's why I did it in my altered book.
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful tag, i will add this to my planner this month. The notecard is so pretty as well. I have never seen yupo paper before, feels like glossy photo paper, nice.
Response: Thank you for rating and heart. Yes yupo paper is a bit like photographic paper. It's plastic and the alcohol ink (or watercolour paint) sits on top so it takes a while to dry. You can use acrlic pens on top of it.
Star7Lily rated for Altered Book on Jul 30, 2019
Comment: Clever thinking Suzanne, liked your pages and the Water Babies is a sure winner for inspiration as your tags start arriving etc..
Response: Thank you and for the heart
cafras rated for Altered Book on Jul 23, 2019
Comment: Lovely colours you chosen, Water Babies was one of my favourite Books
Response: Thank you and for the heart
mizlilyroo rated for Altered Book on Jul 23, 2019
Response: Thank you
Star7Lily rated for Inspired by Nature on May 5, 2019
Comment: Thank you Suzanne, I love receiving from you, and your nature inspired page is wrought with care and skill. Big <3
Response: Thank you so much and thank you for the heart
cafras rated for ATC easy on Feb 25, 2019
Comment: Thank you Suz for your very pretty ( love the colours) ATC and it's "twin" extra :)
Response: Glad you like them. Thanks for the heart.
Star7Lily rated for A Smart Christmas Card on Dec 1, 2018
Comment: What an exquisite Christmas card, so dimensional and delicate. Even DH remarked how delightful it is. Thank you so much for the fabric and other extras. Journal fun to come. XxxxxxxxxxxX
Response: So please that it arrived safe and sound from Japan. Merry Christmas to you and yours.
cafras rated for A4 Art Journal Page 1-2-3 on Jun 15, 2018
Comment: Thank you ... I find the background quite interesting when looking into it. It has movement and depth. Thanks also for the serviettes .. these I will use :)
Response: Thank you for the heart. Glad you liked the serviettes.
mizlilyroo rated for ARTY ENVELOPE on Jun 8, 2018
Comment: Loved the Japanese artiness and papers. I already have a place for some of them!
Response: Thank you. And thank you for the heart
cafras rated for ART TAG CHALLENGE on May 25, 2018
Comment: This was certainly an extra special swap to receive it personally :) Your oriental theme for this tag was original thank you.
Response: Thank you and it was a pleasure to deliver it personally
cafras rated for A4 Art Journal Swap on Feb 9, 2018
Comment: thank you. again another great piece. And the quote card .. very appropriate :) will practice x
Response: thank you. I have been making a few positivity cards lately. Thanks for the 😍
Star7Lily rated for Collage papers Journal Page on Nov 8, 2017
Comment: Dear Suz, I am so happy to receive this very page as seen on the swap idea. The colours really pop, don't they! Thank you for the cards, I have just the person for the christmas bells. I have loved doing these A4 pages. blessings xxx
Response: So glad you like it and the cards as well. Thanks for the rating and the heart.
cafras rated for Journal Prompt #5 on Oct 6, 2017
Comment: Again another of your lovely pieces of art. Such a soothing colour you have used. And ... another great card to add to my collestion.
Response: Thank you so much. And thanks for the heart as well.
cafras rated for Journal Prompt #4 on Sep 26, 2017
Comment: Thank you ... if only I had received it before I sent mine...a real challenge. love the colours you used, Thanks also for the lovely card,
Response: Like a challenge.... thinking up these swaps is often a challenge. Glad you like it and thanks for the heart.
cafras rated for A4 Journal Prompt #3 on Aug 5, 2017
Comment: Thank you once again for a lovely piece of work ... at the moment I wish I felt like the image girl ... and the extras I will try and use and not save :)
Response: Something different this time. Glad you like her energy.
Star7Lily rated for Collage and Paint A4 page on Jul 14, 2017
Comment: Dear Suzanne, I enjoyed your interpretation of the theme. Thank you for the extras too. I hope Japan was really inspiring for you...seems to be extending to the group! Love it. xx
Response: Glad you like it. Japan was great!
cafras rated for Rainbow zig zag 8 - Black and white on May 10, 2017
Comment: Suz thank you for your interpretation of this swap and the lovely card. Catch up in June :)
helo rated for Rainbow Zig Zag 7 - Violet (purple) on May 10, 2017
Comment: A lovely page - great texture.....To make a zig-zag book to mount them I just cut a long piece of paper about 24 incles by 6 inches , fold in half long ways and half again longways, open it out and you have 8 sections one for each page. x
Response: Thank you and for the rating and the heart

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cafras on Nov 19, 2017:

RAK ... a pleasant surprise to receive an extra journal page to add to my collection. Thank you Susanne

neca84 on Dec 24, 2015:

Merry Christmas, thanks for being a part of the best group on Swap-bot, Active Aussie SWAPaholics :)


cafras on Mar 5, 2014:

Your zine ... that is one great big WOW !.. beautiful and colourful ... thanks for participating

RyeRye on Feb 14, 2014:

cafras on Jan 30, 2014:

whoops .. messed up ! try again ...................... 7 days of creation zine ... a fantastic job ! . but what else could one expect from you ? well done. Thanks for sharing

cafras on Jan 30, 2014:
LaviniaRiverina on Nov 17, 2013:

Thankyou so much for the birthday wish. Yes,I had a good day.

mappy on Aug 4, 2013:

Thankyou Suzanne for the beautiful work you did in my "golden book" a comedy of errors right from the start it seems. I am very apprecative that you, Catherine, Col and Carol made me something so special because I didnt receive the finished product last time. Much love xoxox

Dansari on Apr 10, 2013:

Lol! Thank you for the almost win bingo surprise! Very naughty of you but I love it! The little reindeer on the tags is so cute, so is the robot! Lol I even love your stamp - my post office only has boring music ones currently :/

neca84 on Apr 1, 2013:


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