Archive for November, 2012


Jacqueline’s Favorite Card Making Art Supplies & Resources…guest blogger ~ Chris from San Francisco

Posted by: Jacqueline Sullivan on November 17th, 2012

{this continues an article first published in Jacqueline’s Nov- Dec 2012 Studio Letter }



Knowing Jacqueline for as long as I have,  I was certain she had a treasury of resources, ideas, links, tips, best buys and superlative products tucked away in her mental art space. I decided the best way to get Jacqueline to reveal her secrets was to just interview her [from 2500 miles away!] and then fill in the blanks using some old fashioned web searches to provide you with links and details on Jacqueline’s treasure trove of creative stuff. Willing to share a personal art supply delectable ? Leave a message @ jacquelinesullivandesigns@gmail.com and we’ll post it in the January Studio Letter.…..chris in Jacqueline’s “west coast office”

Blank Cards

  • Strathmore Blank Cards – their watercolor cards are great for texture – they also make picture cards
  • Strathmore Greener Option cards – recycled natural fiber cards plus cards made from bamboo, hemp, sugar cane in cream, white and natural finishes in smooth and textured surfaces; unique surfaces available in stationary shops, craft stores and on-line art supplies such as Blick’s, Daniel Green, Cheap Joes, etc
  • Hollo’s Papercraft in Brunswick Ohio cards and envelopes
  • Paper Source – terrific selection of cards sizes, shapes, colors which can me matched with an equally unbelievable selection of envelopes or buy their templates and make your own ! Order a catalog while you are on their site; it comes 4 x year – is full of card making ideas, this season’s color spectra, new art + craft supplies and tools and when you are done with the catalog you can cut it up for collages and cards !
  • Other sources for quantity packs & kraft paper cards/envelopes [a little lower quality, fewer colors but still will work very well]: Hobby Lobby, Amazon, ofc supply big box stores, JoAnn’s


Spectra Art Tissue – White

Jacqueline’s favorite for making fabulously colored hand painted papers in your favorite color combinations – available from Dick Blick’s or other art supply stores in a variety of package sizes. Mixed Media Textural Collage DVD [see ordering information in 11/13 blog post] provides complete technique explanation, paint mixing and medium additions to create your own hand painted papers for cards and paper crafts.

Metallic Markers –  Galaxy or Sharpie in gold, silver and copper colors

Metallic Stamper Pads – StazON made by Tsukineko –  J’s favorite colors = platinum and copper

Adhesives for Card Making

Jacqueline’s best advice on using glue….”the dryer the better!”

Glue stick – any of them work but use ones labeled  permanent adhesive – and remember glue sticks never really hold photos very well

Double sided adhesive film or double sided scrap book adhesives; sold in small packets and large sheets; can be used to adhere almost any paper, photo or flat piece of ephemera to your collages, cards and journals. Therm-o-web makes full sheet size pieces. Xyron Machine [pro + home use] is one of Jacqueline’s favorite machines in the studio!

Crafter’s Ultimate Glue – use for sticking on doo-dads [buttons, charms, little jewels, pieces of metal, fabric – what else you got ?] J says it will hold anything together including to your photographs.


in addition to aforementioned little goodies  ~  Jacqueline loves brass and cooper washers from your local hardware store [no kidding !], flat bead spacers, glass bugle beads and small metal charms [Fancifuls Inc Brass Charms]. google “ephemera” to be overwhelmed by the number of craft suppliers who package all manner of stuff that you can use on cards, journals, collages – be prepared to be wowed by what is available in quantities minute and monstrous!


Sheer non-wired ribbon in whatever size strikes your fancy – ribbons are available in almost every color imaginable and fabric texture – can be purchased by the yard [or portions] as well as pre-measured packages. Don’t forget raffia in all its colors, netting by the yard, and Colorful butcher twine.


Still time to create those special holiday cards……

Posted by: Jacqueline Sullivan on November 17th, 2012

{this continues an article first published in Jacqueline’s Nov- Dec 2012 Studio Letter }



One of my very favorite ways to make a unique, personal and very special greeting card is what I call “Random Collage Cards”. It is a way to make a collage without a plan and they always come out beautiful! These cards are easy to create in batches once you have the full page collage made. Buying pre-cut blank greeting cards can save time too. And if you fear running out of time for creating those special Xmas or Hanukkah greetings  – these collage cards work equally well for New Years Greetings. See the Nov/Dec 2012 Studio Letter for my favorite quote resources for a wealth of words to make these cards treasured gifts for the special people in your life.

Here’s what I do……

I start with an 8.5” x 11” piece of colored card stock as a base. The reason I choose a color is so that if some of it happens to show through, it is still attractive.  I then proceed to cover this entire page with bits and pieces of colored, metallic and decorative papers. This is a perfect way to use that collection of paper that you been saving but were never quite sure for what !

I tear and cut the papers into irregularly shaped pieces of various sizes – most under about  1 ½”  and glue them down to the card stock. I use a glue stick – preferably UHU brand  – it is fast – easy – not very messy and you probably have a few sticks tucked away!

For the holidays I would choose holiday colors like red and green or blue and silver. But be free and let some other colors sneak in. This is the perfect time to use up some small bits of old music, maps and/or dictionary pages. It’s also a good place to use metallic candy wrappers and other foiled type papers. How about all those beautiful little pieces of Chrismas and winter time wrapping paper?  What additions they would make to the random beauty  of these collage sheets! Once everything is glued down I go over it with a brayer or rolling pin to make sure that all of the edges are down tight. I then wrap the sheet in waxed paper and put it under weights (books are good for this) and let it dry for a few hours.

Once I am sure that it is dry, I turn it over, so that I cannot see the collage part.  Working like this, from the back of the sheet, I start cutting it down. I like to use squares and rectangles in my card designs, so usually I will choose a couple of sizes of squares and start cutting.. The card pictured is made with 1” squares.  I have made some cards with just one 2” x 3” rectangle mounted on colored card stock and I have grouped up to nine squares (as shown) to form a design on the front of a card. You’ll note on the sample I have added metallic swirls and a message in gold paint marker. Embellish to your ‘arts content – save small pieces of paper to decorate your holiday greeting envelope too.

I usually cut my cards to fit into an A-6 size envelope.  I cut my card stock to 6 ¼” by 9” which when folded gives me a 4 ½” x 6 ¼” card which fits in an A-6 envelope. I buy my A-6 envelopes from Hollos Papercraft.  Hollos’ large facility is located in Brunswick Ohio [a little south of Cleveland]. I make a field trip there about once a year to stock up on card stock and envelopes. It is the best place that I have found. Their website says “limited mail order availability”  but I am sure that if you have a particular color and size of envelope in mind they can accommodate you. They sell the envelopes both by the box and individually. They also have some sets of colored card stocks with matching envelopes.  Many of your craft stores now have sets of cards and envelopes that you can use as well.

Also don’t miss Chris’ article in the Nov/Dec 2012 Studio Letter detailing my favorite card making resources and supplies. {Resources article also available in the adjacent blog post}

Peace & Joy,



Just Released ! Jacqueline’s newest video art class is now available…….

Posted by: Jacqueline Sullivan on November 13th, 2012

Mixed Media Textural Collage

I am happy to announce the release of my second art class DVD. In this class, I will teach you, in a step-by-step format,  the basics of creating a textural collage using hand painted papers, art papers, found objects, vintage and old materials. This DVD will be an excellent addition to your art video library whether you are an experienced collagist or wishing to begin your exploration of this art style.

In addition to the 35 minute video you will receive the following supplementary class materials:

1. a full supply list needed to complete the class and project
2. a copy of my published article Magical Modeling Paste
3. resource list for products and papers used
4. a color suggestion palette for mixed media collages and
5. a small sample of my favorite Japanese lace paper.

Please note that the documents will be made available to you in pdf format to easily view and print from MAC or PCs.
This package is $20 and includes shipping and handling to your US address. Please contact jacquelinesullivandesigns@gmail.com to arrange for mailing to Canadian and International addresses. Payment is made via PayPal using my personal email address jacquelinesullivan@mac.com. If you are new to the world of PayPal I have included instructions below on how to set up an account and log on – it is easy and VERY secure! Your Mixed Media Textural Collage DVD and materials will be in the mail to you as soon as payment is received.

Jacqueline’s Suggestions for how you might use her new video art class…..

~ learn new techniques to incorporate into your current studio practice

~ painted papers, molding paste stenciling, and other collage techniques can be incorporated into creation of art cards, art journal covers, decoupage boxes, small frames

~ host your own “art salon” using Mixed Media Textural Collage as your presentation followed by studio work for your circle of art friends.

Are you looking for that special holiday gift or birthday present for an artist friend?   Contact Jacqueline about a custom artist package of supplies from her studio and created around the workshop themes presented in Mixed Media Textural Collage. Pricing based on the amount and selection of art supplies you choose to match with the DVD.  

PayPal Instructions

I use PayPal as it is the most secure way to make a payment for both you and me without the hassle of check writing. If you already have a PayPal account just log in and use my email address jacquelinesullivan@mac.com in the TO: box under the “send money” tab.

If you have not used PayPal you will need to set up an account by taking the following steps:

  1. log onto PayPal site https://www.paypal.com/us/home
  2. if you are a new user – click “sign up”
  3. click on get started for personal use
  4. complete the requested information to set up your account [you will need credit card info for this step]
  5. once your account is confirmed you can then arrange payment on the “my account” page by clicking on the “send money” tab
  6. enter my email address jacquelinesullivan@mac.com in the TO: box
  7. enter the amount for the art item you are buying from me
  8. click “goods” and “continue”
  9. next screen – confirm all the information is correct and submit your purchase request.

Jacqueline Sullivan is a teacher and mixed-media artist, with experience in graphic design, advertising and publications.

“They’ll sell you thousands of greens. Veronese green and emerald green and cadmium green and any sort of green you like; but that particular green, never.”

— Pablo Picasso, 1966.