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Sunday, December 23, 2012

golden luster beads, pearls, chains 5 strand bracelet - $66.00

multi-strand bracelet, Czech luster fire polish beads, tiny seed beads, freshwater pearls, a mix of copper chains all braided and gathered into antique gold tulip cones and finished with an adjustable hand made clasp and handmade wrapped wire rose charms, fits 7" to 8 wrist (I can make it larger), It has a lovely warm coppery glow that is very flattering; metals are sealed to protect the finish and your skin

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

jasper nuggets hand formed wire wrapped copper earrings - $52.00

cappuccino jasper small drops are wire wrapped and hang from hand formed, hammered and wrapped copper earrings, sealed patina; they hang about 3" but they are not heavy

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metals are sealed with jewelry grade lacquer to protect the finish and your ears

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

multi-strand bracelet, Mali terracotta clay Czech beads - $48.00

multi-strand bracelet, Mali clay beads, copper chains, Czech glass, agate, and howlite beads, antiqued copper Hill Tribe style cones, magnetic clasp, fits 6.5 - 7" wrist, I can adjust to make larger; it's lovely and light weight, a neutral earthy mix that goes with everything

metals are sealed to protect the finish and your skin

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

agate bracelet, hematite bead accents, lobster clasp - $44.00

bracelet, acid washed agate, Czech glass and shiny non-magnetic hematite beads with pewter accents, unusual double swirl pewter caps, lobster clasp and rings to adjust length to fit your wrist - comes in a gift bag

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stone necklace, porcelain, jasper, lava, hand made clasp - $35.00

earthy terra cotta colors, pretty and a little chunky but not too heavy; lovely smooth lava***, porcelain, jasper stone patterns combine beautifully with warm copper washers and beads, necklace is a little over 19 inches long, hand hammered clasp; comes to you in a pretty burlap bag

***due to their many holes and bubbles,these lava stone beads add great texture, but not a lot of weight to this necklace; the be...

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Monday, December 17, 2012

turquoise jasper and hand formed copper earrings, gift bag - $35.00

turquoise impression jasper, hand formed copper earrings oxidized and sealed, length is about 1.25" from end of ear wire - comes to you in a gift bag

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Monday, December 10, 2012

tibetan bead, jasper and bone bracelet - $58.00

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Tibetan bead, lovely sage jasper (I think) and bone, hill tribe silver and pewter 3 strand bracelet, sea shell charms, lobster clasp links with chain so it is adjustable from about 7" to much larger (9-ish), comes to you in a pretty burlap bag

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

polka dot bracelet, hematite and aqua jasper - $35.00

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bracelet of hematite (an iron ore), aqua jasper, and a hand-made polka dotted ceramic Kazuri focal bead from Kenya, pewter lobster clasp, adjustable length, pewter capped jasper bead hangs from extension chain; fits most wrists. I love the polka dotted look of this - makes me smile...

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Friday, November 9, 2012


Someone mistook my illos shown here a couple of days ago as watercolors so I thought I'd talk about my method - here's another spread from GUESS WHO'S IN THE DESERT (by Charline Profiri, Spring 2013). Textures are, of course, much easier to see actual size.

Textures are created by scanning cardboard (cactus), a crackle surface I created with gesso (roadrunner path), rocks and stones, a shadow created on the patio umbrella (background foliage on left) various papers that I've painted and scanned and further manipulated (plant leaves, mountains, sky, earth...) 
I supposed it is best described as digital collage -  Illustrations are created by manipulating scans of found objects, textures and hand-painted papers in Adobe Photoshop to create new patterns, adding digital paintings, and collaging it all together.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

busy, busy

I've been locked in the studio for months finishing book projects and neglecting my Etsy shop. This week I'm finally getting some new pieces ready to show - I've had a wonderful time shaping, hammering, oxidizing and sealing wire clasps and links and putting them together with new semi precious stones, Czech beads, sterling silver and pewter charms, and ...... I love these new bracelets!  I think I may have to make a bracelet of just these rose charms (see one hanging from 's' hook)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

sweet stuff

this yellow jacket likes my new bracelets too! I've spent the early morning photographing new things for my shop and enjoying a cool fall Texas day

busy in the desert

I've been finishing GUESS WHO'S IN THE DESERT (wonderfully written by Charline Profiri) and it's off into the world.
Kids read the clues and try to figure out what animal is hidden on the page - the answer is revealed on the next spread.
Who's hidden here?                                                                              (tarantula)

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

another star for Out On The Prairie

Out on the Prairie
Adapting the rhyme “Over in the Meadow,” Bateman takes readers on a trip to Badlands National Park in South Dakota, highlighting 10 animals that make their homes there. Swan’s showstopping collages have a three-dimensional quality that makes the prairie come alive—a brightly marbled grasshopper stares out at readers, while “a mother meadowlark and her little chicks Three” cluster on photographs of actual branches amid sweeping newsprint grasses. An informative appendix (also illustrated) provides further details about bison, howdy owls, grama grasses, and more. All in all, it’s a delightful introduction to a unique and beautiful ecosystem. Ages 4–7. (July)

Monday, June 18, 2012

another star for Out On The Prairie

BATEMAN, Donna M. Out on the Prairie. illus. by Susan Swan. 32p. CIP. Charlesbridge. July 2012. RTE $15.95. ISBN 978-1-58089-377-0; pap. $7.95. ISBN 978-1-58089-378-7; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-1-60734-456-8. LC 2011025782.
PreS-Gr 2–Using the traditional rhyme scheme of “Over in the Meadow,” this book does its predecessor proud, and then some. Children will encounter possibly unfamiliar flora and fauna (yucca and grama grasses, howdy owls and pronghorns) in this beautiful exploration of a prairie. “Out on the prairie where the wispy clouds soar,/Lived a mother prairie dog and her little pups Four.” A different native animal is showcased in each lavish spread. Swan’s illustrations are unique and quite astounding; made using collages of digitally scanned objects, found objects, and hand-painted papers, they are vibrant and have an almost 3-D quality to them. The grasshoppers seem to be jumping off the pages to spectacular effect. Back matter includes an extensive section, “Prairie Flora and Fauna Facts.” This book would be a great choice for any prairie ecosystem lesson, and it would make a sweet habitat storytime paired with Christopher Gunson’s Over on the Farm (Scholastic, 1997) and Marianne Berkes’s Over in the Ocean (Dawn, 2004).–Alison Donnelly, Mississippi Valley Library District, Collinsville, IL

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

what I've been working on...

for a person who loves pattern, texture and color this was a joy to work on; the book won't be out until next year but here's a sneak look

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Out On The Prairie gets a starred review from Kirkus

Author: Bateman, Donna M.
Illustrator: Swan, Susan
Traditionally patterned verses celebrate the flora, fauna and wide sky of the mixed-grass prairie of Badlands National Park in South Dakota.

“Out on the prairie where the snakeroot greets the sun, / Lived a shaggy mother bison and her little calf One.” As she did in Deep in the Swamp (2007), Bateman has chosen representative features and creatures to introduce a remarkable ecosystem. Counting from one to 10, she goes on to include pronghorns, meadowlarks, prairie dogs, grasshoppers, grouse, owls, rattlesnakes, coyotes and toads in a series of verses that also span the day from dawn to night. The poetry is not sacrificed to the information; she pays careful attention to language and rhythm, using splendid verbs. It reads aloud smoothly. Swan’s energetic cut-paper, mixed-media illustrations delight and instruct. She includes found objects and hand-painted paper, collaged and digitally combined on double-page spreads that blend into a spatter-paint frame in the story section. Plants and animals are identifiable in the pictures and described further in the backmatter, 10 pages of “Prairie Flora and Fauna Facts.” This describes the animals’ child-bearing and -rearing habits, offers further information about the plants, and defines the term “prairie.”

Another outstanding appreciation of the natural world for young readers and listeners both. (Informational picture book. 4-8) ©Kirkus Reviews

Thursday, May 3, 2012

paper beads, lava....

a (sort of new) obsession

I'm working on a picture book
about volcanoes so had to investigate the possibilities of lava.
These stones look rough
but are surprisingly smooth and look wonderful combined with these rough nuggets of amethyst.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

out on the prairie

as promised, some spreads from the interior of OUT ON THE PRAIRIE (written by Donna M.Bateman and published by Charlesbridge).

new books

I'm all about the color, texture and patterns in nature and I'm very proud of my new picture book, OUT ON THE PRAIRIE written by Donna M. Bateman, which shows what I love about the landscape of the southwest. I was brought kicking and screaming to Texas soon after I married (after telling my new husband that under no circumstances would I leave Connecticut) and immediately fell in love with the sunrises/sunsets and most especially the wildflowers. I'm so happy I got to show all that in my newest picture book.
I've just received my author's copies and am thrilled with the printing/production quality. It will be in your book store soon (July).
I'll show more of the interior in upcoming posts.

Monday, April 30, 2012

where's Susan?

I've been here in my studio finishing books, making things, enjoying life.
We've had 3 new beautiful babies born (I will not deal with the grandma thing so don't mention it!).

Here's a silhouette I did from the sonogram of Kendall. I wasn't sure I saw hair/guessed and fortunately she had plenty when she came into the world. The lacy background was part of a pattern design I created a while back and hadn't found a use for yet.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Found a nice mention-

A Monarch Butterfly’s Journey by Suzanne Buckingham Slade and illustrated by Susan Swan.
The illustrations are bright mixed-media collages by Susan Swan. I am not a huge fan of collage art in children’s books that tries for ultra-realism, but Swan’s butterflies are an example of how it should be done. They are fascinating and fun, with a high level of energy. I love the humorous side comments of the insects which make comments in their own cartoon bubbles. One butterfly asks, “Are we there yet?”

From: Growing With Science Blog at