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Monday, June 22, 2020

Spider Magazine




Digital collage illustration for Spider Magazine.
Layers and layers of textures come together in a 
moody night scene.

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CITY TIGER
by B. J. Lee
 
Stray cat, stray cat, eyes so bright
slinks along through darkest night.
Asphalt jungle's fearless stalker,
chain-link fence and rooftop walker,
you don't want us coming near.
Your tiger eyes have made that clear.

Monday, June 8, 2020

Fireflies

Digital collage illustration for
Storyworks Magazine ... 
lots and lots of fireflies!



Thursday, January 2, 2020

Storyworks magazine

In Scholastic's Storyworks magazine
my illustration for this powerfully evocative poem 

Early Explorers
by Marilyn Singer, illustrated by Susan Swan

No place on earth
                is ever undiscovered
Even in Antarctica
                where whole mountains are hidden
                                under ice
penguins already laid shambling tracks
                                in the snow
                before we traveled there
The hottest desert
                                the deepest jungle
                where none of us have ever been
all have been crossed
                                and crossed again
                by wings whirring or silent
                                feet furred or scaled
                                                hoofed or bare
By adventurers we will never know
                explorers who will never tell us
                                what wonders they have seen




Monday, December 9, 2019

Faux raku, faux ceramic, faux glass

I'm not sure what to call the beads that I've been making (that I wrote about in the latest 
Belle Armoire Jewelry magazine feature) ...
faux raku, faux ceramic, faux glass?
Anyway, I'm in love with the organic, earthy textures
and subtle layers/tones of color.

And because they are built on a paper core they are extremely lightweight and perfect for jewelry.

  Here are some more examples newly listed in the shop:

 http://www.rocksandpaperswans.etsy.com jewelry

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Belle Armoire Jewelry mag. news


I'm featured in my favorite jewelry magazine again!

The photographers at Belle Armoire Jewelry magazine do such an amazing job, I am thrilled with how they presented my pieces!
The feature includes some brief explanation of technique and a list of supplies. As usual the magazine is chock full of inspiration from some amazing jewelry artists like Susan A. Ray and Teresa Kiplinger.

Two of these pieces have sold and are already on their way to their new home in Canada.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Jimmy Carter and STRETCH TO THE SUN

How cool is this?!

To Carrie Pearson,
Thank you for sending me a copy of Stretch to the Sun and thank you for helping to spread the
love of the natural world to future generations. Rosalyn joins me in sending you our best wishes for continued success.
Sincerely,
Jimmy Carter 


Thursday, March 14, 2019

Classroom of happy readers

Look who's enjoying some of my books! These three classes of second-grade students from South Walker Elementary School in Walker, LA really love to read! Their tutor is a remarkable and enthusiastic Cathy Bucher. Thanks, Cathy for sending the photo!



Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Zazzle

Lots of illustrations are available as cards, or posters, 
or practically anything else for that matter,
at my store PAPERSWANS, on Zazzle. 
Please come visit.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Early reader!

This may be my youngest fan! We haven't met, but I received this pic from her aunt who says her niece loves having this read to her multiple times a day.  The BUTTON board-book series was done so many years ago I can't even remember, probably in the mid-1980's.
So sweet!

And now my very newest book has arrived on my doorstep!

Friday, May 4, 2018

Experiments in color

Playing with surface treatments on my beads:
washes, drips, spatters, layers on layers of paints, inks, patinas, glazes, powders to create something new. Plus even more layers of polycrylic to give some of them a surface that's glass-like.
Totally gorgeous colors.



 www.paperswansandthings.etsy.com


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Paper, paper, paper

Lately I've been on a paper bead kick ~ using my stash of painted papers, and designs I have made just for bead making ~ and have made boxes full of pretty patterned beads all waiting to become  used in a piece of jewelry.

These are works in progress:




Monday, March 5, 2018

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Spring is on it's way

Latest assignment from Ladybug Magazine ~ they give me the most wonderful projects!
"I Can Hear Spring'
Pg. 1

Friday, December 1, 2017

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Girl Scouts in space?

I'll bet you didn't know that the Girl Scouts are conquering space!
Here are some of my images done for their new Space Science Explorer Badge booklet.



Sunday, April 9, 2017

What's happening at RocksandPaperSwans today?



A simple beautiful short boho tassel necklace with a colorful mix of trade and Czech glass beads … at rocksandpaperswans.etsy.com



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Saturday, April 8, 2017

What's happening at RocksandPaperSwans today?



A simple adjustable boho choker necklace with a gorgeous mix of turquoise tubes and cobalt glass at rocksandpaperswans.etsy.com



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What's happening at RocksandPaperSwans today?



A handmade short boho necklace with orange hammered agate beads and a long Ethnic assemblage pendant



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Friday, April 7, 2017

What's happening at RocksandPaperSwans today?



A simple handmade necklace with a happy mix of colorful Apple orange-red coral and Czech glass beads



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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

What's happening at RocksandPaperSwans today?



Cute, funny, inspirational necklace with a collage of lace, an adorable pig-with-wings charm, and ‘I can!’ motto.



via Tumblr http://ift.tt/2nEphQi