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Molding Paste & The Book ~ a few images from a recent workshop

Posted by: Jacqueline Sullivan on October 7th, 2014

thought you would like to see some of the wonderful work done by students in Jacqueline’s recent workshop at Lettersong Studio & Gallery in Louisville KY – Molding Paste & The Book. The workshop was held in September 2014 at Lettersong. Aren’t these beautiful ?

Jen Grove, Lettersong Studio & Gallery owner, has created a very nice FaceBook page too ~ here’s her link……https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lettersong-Calligraphy-StudioGallery/350991814995966


Jacqueline will be presenting this workshop again at Ephemera Paducah on November 7, 8, 9, 2014 along with Transparent Collage

for registration information contact Kristin:


or you can register on-line @ Ephemera’s website


If you would like more information on Molding Paste & The Book workshop or would like to discuss scheduling this workshop at your guild or local art center please contact Jacqueline directly at jacquelinesullivan@mac.com

Happy Fall everyone !

Chris Wachsmuth for Jacqueline Sullivan



Josef Albers & The Interaction of Color

Posted by: Jacqueline Sullivan on May 26th, 2014


There are many wonderful resources available on the web related to Josef Albers and his very famous work on the interaction of color. Jacqueline discussed her “visit” with the Albers original 1963 edition in her May 2014 Studio Letter. We’ve collected many links to these resources as we prepared the Albers piece for the Studio Letter from video lectures at Yale, demonstrations of the new The Interaction of Color  iPad app, Albers exhibits and availability of his books and so much more. We’ve included these and many more below for you to read, view, save and share with other artists and lovers of color in your artful lives!

Josef Albers 50th anniversary edition – paperback

Josef Albers book from the Morgan Library Exhibit in 2012
Art as Experience: The Teaching Methods of a Bauhaus Master [2013] purchase info

The Josef & Ann Albers Foundation website has information on current and upcoming exhibits in the US and Europe, displays of representative works   http://albersfoundation.org/

If you will be traveling in Germany this year you might want to see Albers Museum which as been called  “a location for interaction with modern art” for more info = http://www.bottrop.de/en/culture/sp_auto_214.php


Yale University 3 minute youtube video on the 50th anniversary edition of Albers Interaction of Color as an iPad app http://youtu.be/H-hFOZ3XdIQ

Want to learn move about Josef Albers ? this 30 minute lecture from Yale University professor and painter Anoka Faruqee “Color in Context: Revisiting Albers” from October 2013. It is an incredibly interesting talk about color, Albers and his color influence. Also has excellent images of how the book has been also developed as an iPad app and reviews many of the “cut paper” Albers exercises


Yale’s iPad app is a free one time download on iTunes – and has many of the materials from the book allowing you to complete many of Albers student exercises in color; the complete version is only $13.99 and can also be gifted



Josef Albers books…….

Interaction of Color – 2013, 50th anniversary, paperback with 60 color studies; available brand new from Yale University Press, Amazon, local independent bookstores and Alibris

 Interaction of Color – 2009, 2 volume slip-cased hardcover replicating studies, color exercises, color plates from original 1963 edition; new copies still available on Amazon and Yale University Press


Interaction of Color – 2006, expanded edition, paperback  with 30 color plates; out of print but is available from online booksellers

Interaction of Color – 1975, Yale University Press, out of print but available from online book sellers such as Alibris http://www.alibris.com/Interaction-of-Color-Revised-Edition-Josef-Albers/book/26751807


Where can you see the original 1963 book ??

Crystal Bridges Library @ the Museum of American Art in Bentonville Arkansas – you can make an appointment to view this first edition treasure by calling the Crystal Bridges Library: 479-418-5700. option 7.

We would love to hear your stories of Albers influence on your life in color or if you have had the rare opportunity to see and study the 1963 edition.  Have you obtained and had occasion to use the iPad app yet ? Leave Jacqueline a comment and we’ll be happy to share with the Studio Letter community.

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

Chris Wachsmuth

for Jacqueline Sullivan



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




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





January 2013 Studio Letter

Posted by: Jacqueline Sullivan on January 25th, 2013

was published this week. Here is the link in case you would like to share with your artist community !

Jan ’13 Jacqueline Sullivan’s New Year Studio Letterhttp://eepurl.com/umCd1

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Thanks – as always for your interest in Jacqueline’s work !

Chris Wachsmuth

for Jacqueline Sullivan



Thinking on Renoir & his glazes…..

Posted by: Jacqueline Sullivan on December 15th, 2012

When teaching students how to paint, I encourage them to use “glazes” of color. So often, beginning students start with flat – full on color. This backs the painter into a corner really fast.  A few days ago, looking at the Impressionists exhibited in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts,  I was struck by how Renoir used glazing and the mixing of colors to define his landscapes.


 You can see it a bit in this photo of  “On the Shore of the Seine” [1879]. If we were just glancing at a shore,  we might just see what we know is there, blue water and green foliage. But, if you actually sit and study the view and empty your mind of what you “know” is there, you can see all of the colors that make up the scene.  And this photo doesn’t show all of the colors that Renoir used. If you view the actual painting you will see deep purples and oranges help make up these landscapes. They are breathtakingly beautiful.

To achieve this technically, I like to use Golden Fluid Acrylics. I like the Quinacridone colors because they are brilliant and pretty transparent, allowing one color to show through to the next, making deeply rich surfaces. When I get to the end of the painting, I often will layer PanPastels over the acrylics, they are still a bit translucent, but brilliant and less threatening to use than liquid paint, because you can erase them.

If you get a chance to look at some Renoir paintings in real life, don’t waste the opportunity.  His use of color and brush strokes are absolutely mesmerizing!

Postscript from J’s San Francisco friend chris  –>  On the Shore of the Seine was actually stolen 61 years ago from the Baltimore Museum of Art and amazingly it showed up in West Virginia 2 years ago when purchased at a flea market !  To make things more interesting – just before the masterpiece was set to be auctioned, an intrepid reporter from the Washington Post uncovered the loan and display record shown here ~ isn’t that a great index card full of terrific info ! So no auction until the FBI investigation is complete and ownership is authenticated.  I’d actually like to know more about one Mrs. Saidie A. May listed as the lender to the Baltimore Museum.  What a terrific evolving art mystery ……

On the shore of the Seine - loan record

Travel in your future ? These museums all have a Renoir or two…..

Musée d´Orsay – Paris

Tate Britain & Tate Modern – London

The Hermitage Museum – St. Petersburg, Russia

Clark Art Institute – Williamstown, MA   {note: the Clark is known to have one of the most important holdings of Renoir’s works}

Baltimore Museum of Art – Baltimore

Museum of Fine Arts – Boston
The Art Institute of Chicago

Cincinnati Art Museum – Ohio
Dallas Museum of Art
The Detroit Institute of Arts
Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Guggenheim Museum – New York City
The Metropolitan Museum of Art – New York City
MoMA – Museum of Modern Art – New York City
The Corcoran Gallery of Art – Washington, DC
The Phillips Collection – Washington, DC

J. Paul Getty Museum – LA


Impressionism & Fashion …… A very important collaboration between the Musee d’Orsay and Museums in the US has resulted in joint exhibitions for 2013. The work of Renoir, Monet, Degas as well as fashion of the time are included. If we hear of other US/Canadian cities to be added we will let you know.

Feb 19 – May 27, 2013 – NY Metropolitan Museum of Art

June 30 – Sept 22, 2013 – Art Institute of Chicago



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,


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

Creativity depends on a number of things: experience, including knowledge and technical skills; talent; an ability to think in new ways; and the capacity to push through uncreative dry spells.

— Teresa Amabile