resources for color of the year !

Posted by: Jacqueline Sullivan on May 26th, 2014

I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music.  

Joan Miro, 1917 “Self-Portrait”  [1893 – 1983]

From : “Joan Miro: Selected Writings and Interviews”, M.Rowell, Thames and Hudson, 1987


Interesting sites, links, sources to explore related to color palettes and the color of the year ~ radiant orchid !

gorgeous palettes inspired by 15 classic paintings  = http://www.buzzfeed.com/h2/fbsp/sherwinwilliamspaints/palettes-inspired-by-our-favorite-paintings

Sherwin Williams take on the color of the year as “exclusive plum” – their site has interesting color tools and pairings

Sherwin Williams – chip it site   http://www.sherwin-williams.com/color/

pantone’s radiant orchid pinterest board that has some pretty interesting color combos + shades of that orchid


pantone’s gallery for radiant orchid which has some very nice shades in its color family https://www.pantone.com/pages/index.aspx?pg=21130

HOUZZ idea book on radiant orchid =   http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/20854181/list/Best-Ways-to-Use-Radiant-Orchid–Pantone-s-Color-of-2014

See also Jacqueline’s May 2014 Studio Letter ~ The Color Edition

Chris Wachsmuth

for Jacqueline Sullivan


The Dutch Artist’s 800 page color book from 1692

Posted by: Jacqueline Sullivan on May 26th, 2014

By now, many have seen the images of a 1692 watercolor mixing book unknown to most of the art world for the better part of three centuries. The Dutch artist known only as A. Boogert created this masterpiece 271 years BEFORE Pantone ever thought of a “color of the year” and the marketing and merchandising possibilities that one color could yield. Boogert’s 800 page hand-made book details how to mix colors, hues and shades created by adding 1,2, or 3 parts of water. The book was created as an educational guide with a loosely translated title from medieval french as Treaty of colors used to water paint. 

Erik Kwakkel, a medieval book historian in the Netherlands, discovered the presence of the book on a french library database earlier this year.

The entire book is available in high resolution images on this site – eCorpus

The book is currently housed at the Bibliothèque Méjanes in Aix-en-Provence, France and Erik Kwakkel has written that the book is just beginning to be studied by art historians and will be the subject of a doctoral dissertation from the Netherlands to be published in 2015.

The book has been discussed on art forums, yahoo groups and displayed on art sites such as colossal and gizmodo.

See also Jacqueline’s May 2014 Studio Letter ~ The Color Edition

Chris Wachsmuth

for Jacqueline Sullivan




Jacqueline’s 2014 & 2015 Teaching Calendar – updates now posted !

Posted by: Jacqueline Sullivan on April 21st, 2014

We have added a number of new workshops and venues for the 2014 summer and fall months as well as the early part of 2015. Please take a look under the WORKSHOP tab at the many class topics Jacqueline will be offering in the coming months around the country – she will be in the West [Arizona ~ California & Oregon] ~ and will be presenting in Alaska and in Alberta Canada too !

Are you interested in hosting Jacqueline in 22015 or 2016 for your art center, guild or community college ?

Contact Jacqueline directly via email @ jacquelinesullivan@mac.com.

Chris Wachsmuth for Jacqueline Sullivan



Jacqueline’s 2014 Teaching Calendar

Posted by: Jacqueline Sullivan on December 5th, 2013


 Where will Jacqueline be in 2014 ?  The 2014 workshop calendar is beginning to take shape and 9 new workshops have been added to the website calendar. To date, Jacqueline has arranged to be teaching in Michigan, Alaska, California, Texas, Mississippi and Alberta Canada ! She will also be continuing with the Artist Network University in 2014 presenting her 4 week on-line acrylics workshop while developing a second class on creative freedom.

Look at the Workshop tab to view Jacqueline’s complete 2014 calendar of workshops including links to venues, class details and registration information. Need more info about a specific workshop ? Contact Jacqueline directly  @ jacquelinesullivan@mac.com

new for 2014……..have you ever thought about arranging a personal art workshop with Jacqueline ? Do you have 4-5 [or more] friends who would be interested in a workshop experience with a professional artist and sought after teacher ? Jacqueline would be delighted to help you organize such a gathering in your own studio, a local community room or even your dining room table !  Contact Jacqueline @ jacquelinesullivan@mac.com to discuss your ideas and talk out logistics.

Who knows where this might lead in the new year ?

Chris Wachsmuth in San Fran for Jacqueline


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!!!


2013 + 2014 Workshop Calendar Updated

Posted by: Jacqueline Sullivan on June 4th, 2013

black+white travel photo

still considering escaping for a workshop this summer or fall ???

My 2013 + 2014

Workshop Calendar

has been updated to include a

number of new venues and topics !

The entire calendar is available by clicking on the workshop tab above.



Visual Poetry

Posted by: Jacqueline Sullivan on May 9th, 2013

One of the courses I dearly love teaching is Visual Poetry. It is a course for Calligraphers that combines calligraphy with acrylic painting on canvas. Students in this class are also encouraged to write their own words, or use their response to other people’s words, but to make the piece personal. The approach for this class is to encourage calligraphers to use their talents with letterforms and marks as a visual and abstract expression and not be completely literal with the words involved in the art. Attempting to minimize, or stop all together the concept of painting in the background, letters in the foreground. I also encourage students to use their own handwriting as textural elements within their works. There is a lot of layering involved in the process and learning how to build the layers and write on the canvas is a big part of the class. I am offering this class in July in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. It is part of the Red Deer Summer Series  http://www.rdc.ab.ca/continuing_education/summer_at_RDC/Pages/summer_school_arts.aspx. 

This is a five day class. You can board on campus in the dorms, which are like little apartments. And it is a beautiful area, especially at this time of year.  Why don’t you bring a friend and come practice some Visual Poetry this summer. Or if your friends are not available, come by yourself and immerse yourself in art while making new friends!

The processes learned in class are first practiced in a journal. This gives student’s a start at Art Journalling as well as a permanent record of the various processes learned in the workshop.

This was done by Kris Nevius in the Berkeley, CA class.

This was done by Kris Nevius in the Berkeley, CA class.

Another piece on canvas by a Berkeley student.

Another piece on canvas by a Berkeley student.

A jurnal cover designed by another Berkeley student.

A journal cover designed by another Berkeley student.

A piece on canvas done by Dean Rubino.

A piece on canvas done by Dean Rubino.

A diptych done by a student in Berkley.

A diptych done by a student in Berkley.

A page in a student's journal.

A page in a Vicki Lee’s journal.

Done last summer by a student  in Berkeley, CA

A student’s journal page/ Done last summer by a student in Berkeley, CA

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

“I never decided at all to be an artist; being an artist seems to have happened to me.”

— Anne Truitt