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TOTALLY TRANSFERS !!! goes on-line

Posted by: Jacqueline Sullivan on January 15th, 2017

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Jacqueline’s first on-line workshop for 2017

I love image transfers!  Sometimes using them as the focal image in a collage and other times just to add a little extra to an art piece. An image transfer is, to put it simply, the act of transferring an image from one source to another. Depending upon what material you are wanting to transfer onto will determine what type of transfer method you choose to use.

In this one month on-line class, we will explore many ways to add image transfers to paper, wood and fabric. Transfers are transparent, allowing you to layer images and let the surface design show through. The transferred image often is a more integral part of the final work because of its transparency. Depending on the method, some transfers create a lovely aged and distressed image due to the natural imperfection of the technique.

Totally Transfers ! is a four session online art workshop with lessons and projects designed by Jacqueline. Each session will feature one to two different techniques and the last session will show how to build a collage using the processes learned in the first three sessions.  Jacqueline will explain in easy to understand language the differences and best uses for each of the transfer techniques covered.

for a complete description of the workshop, registration information and on-line workshop format please see this information card


need more information ??? contact Jacqueline directly at jacquelinesullivan@mac.com




2013 + 2014 Workshop Calendar Updated

Posted by: Jacqueline Sullivan on June 4th, 2013

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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.


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Posted by: Jacqueline Sullivan on May 2nd, 2013

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Now available! My newest DVD – Simple Metal Etching. This video covers 3 different methods for creating a resist on copper and/or brass to then be etched. Final pieces can be used as collage elements, book covers, jewelry and art pieces in themselves. As a special gift, we will e-mail you some PDF handouts to go with the DVD that will give you written info to back up the techniques that you will learn on the DVD. If you were going to take this class at a retreat, it would cost $80 – $100. The DVD is only $20. You can order by e-mailing me at Jacquelinesullivan@mac.com or by sending $20 via paypal to that same address. The price includes shipping to the U.S. Shipping out of the country will be quoted on an individual basis.


2 new workshops added to Jacqueline’s 2013 teaching calendar !

Posted by: Jacqueline Sullivan on February 13th, 2013

I am happy to announce that I have added the following workshop dates to my 2013 calendar…….

March 10 – Totally Transfers – an all day workshop to be held in Pontiac Michigan on image transfer techniques. This is a repeat of the Feb 16 Totally Transfer workshop that I have scheduled because there was SO MUCH INTEREST in the topic ….. thank you !!! The workshop is $55 – will be held at the Goldner Walsh Nursery. Registration, workshop details and location information can be found on the workshop invitation card @  http://eepurl.com/vg0B5

May 4 & 5 – Crafting Metallic Elements for Collage & Mixed Media – a 2 day workshop at the lovely art retreat of Whispering Woodlands in Verona Wisconsin ~ a short distance from Madison. This is a brand new workshop for me incorporating many techniques using metal pieces, foils. leaf, paints and etching materials. Registration and workshop details @  http://www.whispering-woodlands.com/



Totally Transfers ~ 2nd workshop added – March 10, 2013

Posted by: Jacqueline Sullivan on February 13th, 2013

Jacqueline is pleased to announce that she is able to offer a 2nd date to her unexpectedly popular TOTALLY TRANSFERS workshop in Pontiac Michigan on Sunday March 10, 2013.  TOTALLY TRANSFERS  will again be offered at the Goldner Walsh Nursery in Pontiac. The registration fee is $55 payable by check or PayPal and includes all your materials.

For additional information on the workshop,  location directions and how to register please see the workshop invitation card @ http://eepurl.com/vg0B5

You may also contact us by email to reserve your space in the workshop at jacquelinesullivandesigns@gmail.com

Happy creating !

Chris Wachsmuth for Jacqueline Sullivan


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.

“I’m not an abstractionist. I’m not interested in the relationship of color or form or anything else. I’m interested only in expressing basic human emotions: tragedy, ecstasy, doom, and so on.”

— Mark Rothko