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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 Sign-Up Form !!!

Posted by: Jacqueline Sullivan on April 19th, 2013

Jacqueline’s site has a new form to quickly add you to her artist contact list. The new form “lives” under the MAILING LIST tab but you can also use this link

http://eepurl.com/ph3SL if you would like to share with your artist friends.

Subscribing to Jacqueline’s artist contact list provides you with a subscription to the Studio Letter  and information on upcoming workshops as well as other art news of interest. Rest assured your information will never be sold, rented or exchanged  to anyone for any reason.

Much appreciation to Jacqueline’s son John Sullivan in Boston for making this happen.

Jacqueline is teaching this weekend at Artiscape in Ohio, we are working on the next issue of the Studio Letter  and preparing a number of proposals for the 2014 teaching calendar ~ spring has apparently sprung @ Jacqueline Designs !

are your daffodils blooming yet ?

Chris in San Francisco for Jacqueline Sullivan



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

If you are not on Jacqueline’s list and would like to receive a subscription please provide us with your contact information by clicking on the MAILING LIST tab.

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

Chris Wachsmuth

for Jacqueline Sullivan



Holiday Letter & the new DVD…..

Posted by: Jacqueline Sullivan on December 8th, 2012

Lost your copy of Jacqueline’s most recent Studio Letter ? Filed it in some cyber folder that has disappeared ? Well here’s your link to the 2012 Holiday Studio Letter – http://eepurl.com/rVEXX The Holiday Letter has received so many compliments – thank you !!! – and is full of information on making some last minute holiday greeting cards, Jacqueline’s favorite resources and site for great card quotes. Looking for a last minute gift for the artist on your list ? The Studio Letter has links to Jacqueline’s beautiful hand colored silk scarves and DVD purchases.

We have had a wonderful reception for the new DVD — Mixed Media Textural Collage – see Nov 13 blog for purchase details. Thank you to everyone for being in the first group of purchasers.  Jacqueline is currently working on TWO more art workshop DVDs  ~ more on this later !

Jacqueline is finalizing her 2013 teaching calendar now – look for the full calendar to be available in the January 2013 Studio Letter and of course we will add the links, dates, workshops, and locations to the WORKSHOP website tab.

how can it be just 17 days till Christmas ???

chris in san fran 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.

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Jacqueline’s Studio Letter Link

Posted by: Jacqueline Sullivan on October 11th, 2012

Didn’t receive your copy of the inaugural issue ?

Forgot to hit the save button ?

Want to forward to an artist friend, an art guild or your salon ?

Here’s your link to our first issue of Jacqueline’s Studio Letter……….


 Contact us @ jacquelinesullivandesigns@gmail.com if you want to comment on the letter or offer suggestions for future articles.

We’re pondering another studio letter for early November with a holiday focus and have been very energized by the feedback so far….. thus – an idea list is born for 2013 !

In closing this time – remember Danny Kaye ? Well he said…..

Life is a great big canvas and you should throw all the paint on it you can.

 And we couldn’t agree more !

Jacqueline  &  Chris ~  the San Francisco friend + business buddy

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

Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play.

— Henri Matisse