Swap-bot Time: April 21, 2021 6:28 am


Date Joined: June 17, 2011
Last Online: January 23, 2021
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 in 2018.

  • 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.

  • Gardening- we now have half an acre of garden so there is lots to do. Love discovering new plants that have popped up after rain.

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.

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 Positivity Cards on Jul 16, 2020
Comment: Positively inspiring. Beautiful work, the colours cheerful and the messages short and uplifting. I shall put them in places where I can see them when I need a lift. Thank you.
mizlilyroo rated for Impressionist Art 5 x 7 page on Jun 5, 2020
Comment: Lovely, lovely piece. Serene. How very fortunate of you to have been to Giverny and seen the scene first hand. You are right about the white.
AmirainOz rated for Journal cover 7" x 5" on May 31, 2020
Comment: Love the look of your water color journal cover- can't wait to start swapping and filling up our journals
Star7Lily rated for Journal cover 7" x 5" on May 28, 2020
Comment: Love the idea of a tag on the front Suzanne, great work and lovely use of layering. xx
sojourner rated for Journal cover 7" x 5" on May 17, 2020
Comment: Well done. Its fun that every one has a unique way of storing their collection of journal pages.
mizlilyroo rated for Journal cover 7" x 5" on May 16, 2020
Star7Lily rated for Decorative Napkin Page on May 11, 2020
Comment: Thank you Suzanne, it arrived this morning, and so pretty! I love the sentiment and the page is so soft and delicate. Thank you for the extras too. I love it. Many hearts xxx
cafras rated for Journal cover 7" x 5" on May 5, 2020
Comment: Interesting and colourful and I like your idea of the folded pocket.... perhaps your mojo is hiding in there ? :)
Response: Thank you
mizlilyroo rated for Email a mini zine on May 1, 2020
AmirainOz rated for Email a mini zine on Apr 25, 2020
Comment: Thank you for a great swap xxA
Response: Thank ypu
Star7Lily rated for Collaged Clothing Tag on Apr 23, 2020
Comment: Dear Suzanne, thank you so much, I thought I had thanked you, but must have sent a message not rated. I love the tags you made, and the fun elements. Thank you once again, many hearts, and would really like this swap again.
Response: Thank you so much
cafras rated for Email a mini zine on Apr 12, 2020
Comment: A refreshing theme
Response: Thank you. Nature keeps me sane
sojourner rated for Email a mini zine on Apr 12, 2020
Comment: Great colourful zine. I particularly like the patchwork pages. Thank you💕
Response: Thank you
AmirainOz rated for Valentine on Feb 21, 2020
Comment: Thank you for swapping with me
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

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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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