Archive for July, 2013


Go For The Gesso – Jacqueline’s 4th DVD !

Posted by: Jacqueline Sullivan on July 13th, 2013

gesso beige+black+white

Go For The Gesso !

We are happy to announce Jacqueline’s newest video workshop ~ a 1 hour DVD providing instruction for all levels of artists in a variety of acrylic gesso techniques. This is the 4th DVD in Jacqueline’s video workshop series and  includes pan pastel techniques to create beautiful color – layers and textures. The DVD is divided into 3 distinct lessons:  preparing papers, adding color with paint and adding color with pan pastels.

In addition to the Go For The Gesso DVD you will receive the following supplementary materials…..

  1. goo spreader as demonstrated in the DVD
  2. a full supply list needed to complete the class and projects
  3. resource list for products and papers used
  4. color wheel pdf
  5. Jacqueline’s workshop handout Using Gesso & Saran Wrap

The DVD is $27 and includes S+H for US addresses [international mailing quoted by country]

As a  special thank-you offer for the first 25 buyers we will be sending you ~ courtesy of ColorFin ~ a Sofft tool sponge for the application of pan pastels and a pan pastel color chart.


The easiest way to order Go For The Gesso is via PayPal. We use PayPal as it is the most secure way to make a payment for both you and Jacqueline without the hassle of check writing. If you cannot use PayPal please contact Jacqueline directly [jacquelinesullivan@mac.com] for your order. Please contact  jacquelinesullivandesigns@gmail.com to arrange for mailing to Canadian and International addresses.

If you already have a PayPal account…….

  1. log in to your account
  2. on the “my account” page go to the  “send money” tab and click
  3. enter Jacqueline’s email address jacquelinesullivan@mac.com in the TO: box
  4. enter $27 for the Go For The Gesso – art workshop DVD [this also includes S+H]
  5. click “goods” and “continue”
  6. next screen – confirm all the information is correct including your shipping address and submit your purchase request
  7. you may also include an optional email message indicating you want the G4G DVD – this will be sent directly to Jacqueline
  8. don’t forget to give us your mailing address !


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

  1. open the 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 Jacqueline’s email address jacquelinesullivan@mac.com in the TO: box
  7. enter $27 for the Go For The Gesso – art workshop DVD [this also includes S+H]
  8. click “goods” and “continue”
  9. next screen – confirm all the information is correct including your shipping address and submit your purchase request
  10. you may also include an optional email message indicating you want the G4G DVD – this will be sent directly to Jacqueline
  11. don’t forget to give us your mailing address !


Your DVD will be mailed as soon as payment is received in Jacqueline’s PayPal account – usually 1-2 business days. We will also send you an order confirmation via email to also include your set of supplementary workshop materials in pdf file format.

Please note that the supplementary documents will be made available to you in pdf format to easily view,  print and save from both MAC or PCs.

happy creating !

Chris Wachsmuth in San Francisco

for Jacqueline Sullivan


Creativity as a Practice

Posted by: Jacqueline Sullivan on July 13th, 2013

I tell my students all the time. “Creativity is a practice”. Much like playing a musical instrument, or playing on a sports team, practice is required. Sister Corita Kent said “The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It’s the people who do all of the work all of the time who eventually catch on to things.”

So, I know the drill.  But saying it, reading it and living it are very different animals! This week was proof of that. I have been away from the studio for a couple of weeks. A lot because of travel and general weariness, but there was house hunting and doc appointments, office work and ….well you know…sometimes life just gets in the way.

So, a few evenings ago, I made an appointment with a friend to come over and “play” with me in the studio. This is one of my tools that I use to break out of the non-creative mode. If I have an appointment with someone else, I will keep it. An appointment with myself – well, not so much. So D came over and I set us up with the materials for the project at hand and we started to paint. Hers were beautiful! Mine were less than. And the more I played with them the worse they got. That will teach me not to practice!

The next day, I went to the studio to view the disasters and to start on a commission piece. I was dreading the commission, knowing that the muse had been totally absent the evening before. And I was tired, really tired both from frustration and lack of sleep. But I decided that I would at least get the colors “roughed in” on the commission and see what happened from there. This is a large piece – a semi realistic piece  – I will write more about it in future posts. So I mixed up a batch of the first color and started slathering on the paint – THE COLOR WAS PERFECT! Wow, I was off to a good start. And then I started on the second color, and it too, was perfect. And then I started adding some tints and tones and some glazes of other colors into the area. My strokes were energetic, in spite of my tiredness, and the area was sizing up very nicely. I was thinking “How is this happening? I am bone tired and yet I can literally feel the energy in these paint strokes.” And the answer was, “I am in the zone”. The previous evening was just a warm up exercise for better things to come.

So, the point? Try not to get too discouraged when nothing comes out of the end of the brush but a bunch of ugliness. There is art in there. Sometimes, it just takes a bit of time and effort, and, oh yes, practice to tap into it!

Keep Creating!!! I am off to the studio for the remainder of the day – phone off, stereo on, pure creative heaven!



Favorite Traveling Artist Resources

Posted by: Jacqueline Sullivan on July 6th, 2013

The July issue of Jacqueline’s Studio Letter is really part 2 of The Traveling Artist Edition and contains so much valuable information we had to slide some over to Jacqueline’s blog ! Here’s the link if you missed part 1 of this Studio Letter.  

vintage travel sticker

I interviewed Jacqueline for the article in the Studio Letter about her favorite supplies and resources to take with her when she travels to teach or retreat to make art. Here’s what she revealed !

What is your favorite sketchbook? 

I am not  much of a “sketcher”.  I travel with a small Moleskin notebook that I make some very rough design sketches in and take notes about ideas I see and want to try. But I do really like this bound sketchbook – 60 lb. paper, hardbound, 8 ½ x11 – 160 pages

I also like to use my iPhone’s camera [“my other brain” ] and now also like to use a free app “EverNote” to capture + organize thoughts, ideas, creative impulses

If you can only take one set of “colors” – what would it be ?

For travel I like the Peerless Watercolors that come in individual dry color sheets http://www.peerlesscolor.com/world_famous/DrySheets.html   I use them with a Daniel Smith Niji waterbrush

I also have a book of the Peerless Paint Colors watercolor pages that I bought from  Paperinkarts.com

What is your favorite paper to travel with…..

I always have a few small bits of Arches Text Wove with me. I tear it down to 6″ x 8″ and tuck it into one of those plastic file folders. It is lightweight and takes all media well. I also usually have a few small pieces of painted tissue and some small bits of paste paper with me in case I want to add a bit of collage to whatever I am doing. I use a glue stick with these.

Your most liked pens to take with you because they travel so well….

I like to have a Faber-Castell Pitt Drawing pen set with me. They come in 3 colors. I carry a set of black and a set of sepia tones. I also carry a Pentel Pocket Brush for brush lettering and sketching and a broad edge pigma calligraphy marker.

What is your favorite way to carry all of these wonderful supplies ?

yazzi bag

The tool bag I keep packed with all my small essentials is a Yazzii Bag. I have a large size one, measuring 7″x9″x3″ and it holds a LOT. The bag is quilted cotton made in black and aqua and has multiple organizer sections. I also have a smaller one for all my calligraphy supplies.

Whenever students see them they want to know “where did you get that ?

Yazzii is an Australian company – you can purchase online from their website, Amazon has a variety of Yazzii bags, check out stuff 4 sewing [an online US retailer for crafts, artist supplies and sewing] and a google search yields a few other sources. Yazzi will be an exhibitor at the Houston Quilt Market on October 26-28, 2013. This appears to be a trade show [not open to the general public] but is being held in conjunction with the Houston International Quilt Festival, Oct 31 – Nov 3.  You might want to take a look at the Festival’s workshop listings on their festival site!

The Yazzi bags have lots of compartments for organization and are lightweight. The rest of my stuff, I put into a suitcase that has wheels.  I see so many people carrying their stuff into the workshop in several tote bags. Put that stuff on wheels!  You can buy one of the wheeled totes made for scrapbookers [check eBags – Zappos – Amazon – big box craft stores – or even consider a rolling storage unit that has a good handle] or just use a suitcase. It saves trips to the car and is easier to organize your stuff so you are not rooting around through a bunch of bags in the workshop!

Be sure your rolling tote meets all the airlines luggage requirements if you intend on flying with it. Check luggagepro.com for a good selection of  what appears to be airline friendly rolling totes and “work bags”.

Anything else you don’t leave home without when you run away to make art…….

I have an “Art Journal” that is a an old sketchbook/notebook that I have gessoed and collaged the pages. It is filled with my favorite quotes and poems and I try to carry it with me for inspiration. It is big so sometimes it is too heavy.

and lastly a favored Jaqueline travel quote ???

Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind……….Seneca, a Roman philosopher, 4BC-65AD

Happy Summer Travels!

Chris Wachsmuth in San Francisco

for Jacqueline Sullivan’s Studio Letter





New article on Clear Tar Gel

Posted by: Jacqueline Sullivan on July 4th, 2013

I am now an “official” columnist for www.createmixedmedia.com. To see my first article click here: www.createmixedmedia.com/make/golden-clear-tar-gel-is-a-100/  It’s all about Clear Tar Gel – a favorite of mine!!!

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

It is not enough for a painter to be a clever craftsman, he must love to “caress” his canvas too.

— Pierre August Renoir