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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

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Posted by: Jacqueline Sullivan on May 2nd, 2013

Woman w flwer brass web

Dragon 1 web

Etched Metal Book side
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.

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New Workshop

Posted by: Jacqueline Sullivan on April 26th, 2013

This one is mostly Green Gold color made by Golden - it's an awesome color and looks great on this contemporary design!

This one is mostly Green Gold color made by Golden – it’s an awesome color and looks great on this contemporary design!

I taught earlier this month for the Needlework and Textile Guild of Michigan. I have been playing for some time with all of my textural techniques on fabric. It is so much fun and I was very happy when this group asked me to come and teach them about what I was working on.

We just had a day and a half and it was a bit rushed because I wanted to teach them everything that I have discovered! We started off on the first day with an 18″ x 54″ inch piece of drill fabric that I though they could possible use as a table runner, once it was finished. On this fabric we stencilled and stamped with Golden’s Light Molding Paste. I’ve been working with this for some time and it is flexible enough to sew through. It dulls the sewing machine needle quickly, but I have used it as embellishments on purses and other pieces. I have put the purses with small pieces through the wash, but the larger table runners and pillow covers that I have used this technique on, I have just wiped off. I think that they would hand wash, but I’m not sure what a spin cycle would do to them.Once they finished with the molding paste, they painted it with Golden Fluid Acrylics mixed with GAC 900, which makes the Fluid acrylics into a fabric paint. They were all very different and as you can see from the photos – there was a LOT of awesome work being done!Once the acrylic paint was dry, I had them iron on my mixed media foil, This highlighted the textures and really brought these pieces of fabric to life!

We also worked with tissue, aluminum foil and gesso techniques – all on fabric! I am suing all of these techniques in small art quilts and as embellishments on my purses! If you have a quilt or fabric guild that would like a workshop working with acrylic textures on fabric – let me know! I am actively scheduling my 2014 workshops now!!

Awesome Colors!

Molding Paste on Drill Fabric

Here the paint was used thinner, allowing more of the white of the molding pate to show!

Here the paint was used thinner, allowing more of the white of the molding pate to show!


Stencilled Molding Paste

Stencilled Molding Paste

This is stamped with a wall stamp

White gesso over black. This is stamped with a wall stamp

Marks are made with a tile grout tool.

Marks are made with a tile grout tool.

More stamping with wall stamps.

More stamping with wall stamps.





Jacqueline’s email sign-up form….

Posted by: Jacqueline Sullivan on April 2nd, 2013

is on the fritz – when you attempt to sign-up to be on Jacqueline’s contact list don’t be surprised to see the infamous “404” error message !

Not to worry — use our gmail address –> jacquelinesullivandesigns@gmail.com

to provide us with your name, email address, state or country [we occasionally send information to specific areas of the country or world!]

thanks for your patience – we’ll let you know when we are up and rolling again

ALSO — you might want to check Jacqueline’s workshop tab again – we’ve updated with some additional programs and if you click on the name of the workshop you can see additional details including links to the sponsoring art organization and details of Jacqueline’s courses that will be presented !

chris in san francisco for Jacqueline



Posted by: Jacqueline Sullivan on March 8th, 2013


Dressed up and happy!

March 2011 hospital

Happy, even when in hospital

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant. And a time to pluck up that which is planted; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

 Today we weep and mourn because Elizabeth is gone. We knew that she was losing her battle with her health, but the reality is still a shock.  She is our beautiful princess and in many ways our lives have revolved around hers. An artist/ calligrapher friend

who visited recently left me a piece of her work that said “you are the bird of my heart”. And that was Elizabeth, the bird of our heart, small and delicate with beautiful music and a soaring spirit.

Elizabeth did not gift us with clever conversation or cute remarks. But she did gift us with humor. She teased us often in her own silent way. When playing ball with us, she would act like she was going to throw the ball to one person and then throw it the opposite way. This action was followed by laughter as we ran for the ball.  The first time I put a crayon in Elizabeth’s hand and gave her some paper to draw on, she looked me straight  in the eye, reached over and drew on the wall. And then she laughed aloud.

In her brother's sunglasses.

In her brother’s sunglasses.

She did not get a college degree or find a career that we could brag about to our peers. But what she gave us is far more valuable. She gave us the opportunity to discover the depths of our character, to know deep love and our commitment to someone we loved. We learned patience and new abilities that we never dreamed about having.  In trying to care for her and keep her safe and well, we were driven further than we ever could have imagined.  We learned more than we ever wanted to know about medicines, seizures, broken bones and other medical conditions. And we learned the fine art of patience and careful communication in order to keep her well and safe in various medical facilities.  I’ve Learned to be an advocate for her standing up to many world renowned medical professionals if I thought they weren’t getting what I was trying to tell them about our daughter..

And while I might complain of a back ache or headache, I was always aware that whatever pains I have endured, hers has been far greater, and she got through it, usually without tears and without being able to tell anyone about how bad it was, or even to ask for something to relieve her pain.   One of the pictures of her in the slide show, shows her in a full body cast with a big grin on her face. I am not sure that I could smile under those same circumstances.

While, some disabled people may say that the world does not notice them, Elizabeth was not about to put up with that.  She’d stare at someone with her big brown eyes and once they finally noticed her, she would gift them with her lively smile. She made friends wherever she went, whether it was to the mall or the hospital or anywhere else we took her.

You probably can’t see them but today she is dressed in hot pink Jeans.  It was tough buying her last outfit, but these Jeans caught my eye when I first walked into the store and I knew they would have caught her eye. When shopping, she would often pull things off the rack that were in her favorite color and hug them and smile sweetly. We had to watch her carefully, there were a few episodes where we had to return items to the store that we did not notice her carrying. until we had left the store.

When being accessed for IQ level, she was rarely cooperative, refusing to point to pictures or objects, but when it came time to pick the color for her first wheelchair, her finger was quick to point to the pink sample on the board!

Elizabeth is our teacher. If we judge her by the world’s measuring stick, she was less than she “should have been” She didn’t know about math or reading or paying for something in the store.   But she took infinite joy in her life, simple as it was. And I think that that is a lesson that we can learn from her. She gives us the gift of appreciating the simplicity of life. People often feel pity for the disabled and their families. But that is because they do not understand the richness and beauty that these beautiful souls bring to our lives.

She has certainly  taught us what is really important in life. She gave us and taught us about unconditional love. She gifted us with her innocent trust, And she taught us about maintaining an independence of spirit, even while being physically dependent on others to meet even the most basic of needs.  Her strength pulled her through illness after illness and she lived far beyond her expected life span. Through her I have learned how precious life is and to not take it for granted. She reached for me time and time again on Friday as she struggled so hard to breathe, and I knew that she was reaching to hold my hand,  to comfort me as well as herself.

And as sick as she was when I arrived very late Thursday night there was a fleeting smile on her face and an effort to open her eyes, when she heard my voice. I was so glad that she knew I was there! Later when I relayed a message of love from John, her eyes opened wide, met mine briefly and again the fleeting smile.

Once, years ago, we put Elizabeth down in the sand at the beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama. In the blink of an eye, as fast as her little hands and knees could carry her, she took off crawling toward the ocean, head first.  She wanted that experience of the beautiful roaring waves of life. Let us, who knew her and loved her, take off for our future in the same joyful way, carrying with us our wonderful memories of her beautiful innocence and knowing that her loving spirit will always  be watching over us.

On Children
Kahlil Gibran

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.



october 4 2012 ~ something new …..

Posted by: Jacqueline Sullivan on October 4th, 2012

my first issue of a studio letter !

Watch your in box in the next few days for the inaugural issue of my Studio Letter. I was looking for something a bit more personal – something to be delivered directly to you rather than hoping you’d find it on my website’s blog – not a newsletter really and most certainly NOT form emails. My friend Chris in San Francisco who has become my “business buddy” suggested that I write a studio letter when the muse strikes. We thought a bit about what to include – short articles on techniques and resources, columns responding to interesting questions from my students and correspondents, information on my upcoming workshops and classes and perhaps a studio challenge or two for you.



    The October issue highlights how I  began the exploration of creating my own patina papers. I came across a  faux finish brochure that had formulas charted out for “faux metallic walls“. Some of the colors were steel rust, copper patina green, copper patina blue and bronze. I’d been adapting some faux finish techniques onto my paste papers and this really got the juices flowing.  I used instructions for creating the faux wall finishes and applied them to one of my favorite papers which I use as a base for creating decorative papers – Arches Text Wove.  I used Elmer’s Papier Mache Paste with acrylic paint and even mixed in metallic powders to create the magic metallic pastes !  Read the October Studio Letter for the rest of the story !


Silk & Color in the Studio !  


flowing silk scarves……colors that inspire me and laying down wax marks and images to resist all that color creating a marvelous flowing work of art to wear !  The October Studio Letter also reveals the magic behind these beautiful pieces. I have had some success with lettering on the silk with sumi ink and hope to make some zen-like scarves with sumi marks as well.  I will also be teaching a workshop April 9-13, 2013 at the Needlework & Textile Guild of Michigan on adding texture to fabric.


Holiday Gift Ideas …….. These hand painted silk scarves will be sold at the Village Fine Art Gallery at the Villages of Rochester (Rochester Hills, Michigan) from October 15 thru December 31. If the Muse allows I will also post some of them on Etsy.  The gallery will also be carrying my collage cards and some framed collages . You can also order a scarf , collage cards or a framed collage piece directly from me – contact me @ jacquelinesullivan@mac.com for more information or to place an order!


Want to be sure you are on the Studio Letter list ? leave your name and email address on jacquelinesullivandesigns@gmail.com or add your name to my website’s mailing list. As always you can be assured I don’t trade – sell or share your information. And I would be most grateful if you wish to share the letter – my blog posts and website address with your circle of artists, friends, family and colleagues.

Welcome fall’s first chill and the inspiring color of autumn !




August 27, 2012 ~ Discovering the Magic of Acrylics !

Posted by: Jacqueline Sullivan on August 27th, 2012

Thank you so much………. readers & fellow artists for your interest in my Artist Network University class – Discovering the Magic of Acrylics. My ANU editor has notified me that they would like to plan for a class start date of September 18.  As soon as I have all the information on class dates, registration information and costs I will certainly pass this along to you.

In the meantime………. a word or two about the workshop. This workshop is designed as an online discovery class that would work for the novice artist, those new to acrylics as well as artists who wish to renew their knowledge of acrylics. The workshop is organized into 4 one week lessons which incorporates video learning, readings from a selected text and of course studio assignments !  Each of the four weeks is organized around a theme and since ANU uses the BlackBoard system for posting course work – everything will be available 24/7 for the duration of the course.

Feel free to contact me………. directly @  jacquelinesullivan@mac.com for questions about the class.  After so many years of teaching workshops, classes and retreats, I’m very excited about taking the leap to distance learning on the web!  And, of course, sharing the course information with friends, colleagues, family and neighbors would be much appreciated !

And as dear old doctor seuss has written…….

It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.

Here comes September !



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Building necklaces……

Posted by: Jacqueline Sullivan on August 9th, 2012

Choice by choice, moment by moment, I build the necklace of my day, stringing together the choices that form artful living.

Julia Cameron

Dear Fellow Artists & Friends,

Five hundred and seventy nine days are in my necklace strung together to make this artful life since we last encountered each other. Where has Jacqueline been? Lost in that new studio? Captured by found objects ? Encountering color, materials, embellishments and leading them onto canvas and paper perhaps?  Teaching around the country? Yes to all of these and MORE !

I decided to re-invigorate the business side of my studio practice in 2012. With the help of an old west coast friend we have succeeded in developing a work plan that incorporates researching and booking new teaching opportunities across the US and Canada, updating my artist biography and CV [artists resume], revising my website [a work still in progress!] exploring online teaching opportunities, educating myself about distance learning and the arts, reviewing and revising the 30 plus classes and workshops I have developed over the past 30 years. And we have done all of this separated by 3 time zones and 2,425 miles !

We are also planning on procuring an artist inventory database  – a much more challenging project than either of us anticipated. While we have identified about 10 database programs either written precisely for an artist or gallery inventory, it has been VERY challenging to obtain user feedback  on what works best, value for the cost, ease of use, tech support – well you get the picture. If anyone has had experience with an artist inventory database of your own design or purchased “off the shelf” would you be so kind as to share your thoughts with me and my readers ? You can comment directly to the blog community right here !

A most happy announcement in the midst of all this effort – my class Discovering the Magic of Acrylics has been selected by the Artists Network University to begin August 28. 2012. Registration is open now so please take a look and share with friends and fellow artists who might like to try the new world of distance art learning. How exciting it has been to create an online acrylic media class that will be available to artists of all levels world wide. Artists Network University produces on-line fine arts education from the publishers at North Light Books. My artist bio is on their site now under  “meet the instructors”  in the online art classes tab. Add your name to my mailing list to be certain of timely updates !  The Artists Network can be reached at http://www.artistsnetworkuniversity.com. And of course I would be most interested in hearing of YOUR experiences with online art and craft classes.

The most challenging project of all though has been to create time for my studio work. I seem to have a left brain – right brain thing going on that segregates my art business brain from the creative Imagineering artful brain. I’m am trying different strategies to ensure time for both because after all if I’m not in the studio creating then there is no business to promote.

How are you stringing together your days to make art and organize the more pragmatic parts of your busy life ?

As Julie Cameron says “choice by choice…..”  ~ this year I choose ME to make art and craft a vibrant business that allows me to share my creative endeavors with all of you !

Happy August !


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

The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.

— Francis Bacon