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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



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


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


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



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.

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

The grace to be a beginner is always the best prayer for an artist.

— Julia Cameron