"Attending an in-person workshop with Danielle Donaldson is informative, creative and fun! Danielle presents her in-person workshops in an easy-to-understand approach that artists of all skill levels can follow and enjoy. She fosters creativity and growth through a relaxed and collaborative environment. It is inspiring to watch Danielle demonstrate her process in real-life and then provide the guidance and support for us to make it our own. Danielle connects with each attendee of her workshop and offers personalized advice and suggestions. At the end of the workshop I have always gained new skills, created beautiful art and connected with some of the most caring and thoughtful like-minded individuals. Daniel’s workshops always fuel my creative “fire” and I go home inspired to create more art. I have attended her workshops for 3 years in a row, and look forward to future opportunities to study with her!"

student and artist | shannon k.
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The world of Danielle Donaldson is as wondrous as a jar full of fireflies. Her whimsical illustrations are known for their offbeat color combinations, artful arrangements and endearing quirkiness. In this book, you'll learn how to partner with the wonderfully spontaneous medium of watercolor to create your own brand of magic.

Start by creating a handmade journal, then follow exercises and start-to-finish projects to fill it with illustrations that are small in size but big on color. Along the way, Danielle shares her fresh takes on color theory, perspective, composition and more.

Designed to get your brush moving, this book makes practice feel like play. It's a one-of-a-kind journey for any artist wishing to tap into the utter joy of watercolor painting and make it a cherished part of your daily life.

Inside you'll find:

  • Imaginative techniques that help you override perfectionist tendencies while making the most of watercolor's unpredictable nature
  • An inventive approach (using scraps of paper, ribbon and other ephemera) for more creative color choices
  • A simple strategy that makes drawing new subjects less intimidating and more fun
  • Sweet ways to add hand lettering to your artwork
  • Inspirational exercises that make finding subjects to paint as easy as A-B-C

"Don't underestimate the giddiness you feel when you mindlessly grab a color and mix it with another and create the most beautiful wash ever!" --p43

Danielle Donaldson, The Art of Creative Watercolor


...with delicate doodles, big colors and lavish layers!

CreativeGIRL features art projects that teach you how to draw and paint your story using pencils, watercolor paints and simple mixed-media supplies. Danielle Donaldson shows you how to draw the pretty pictures from your imagination, infuse your art with delightful color combinations and work through creative frustration with simple fixes. You'll learn how to paint with watercolor, tell visual stories with and without words and add depth with layers using mixed-media techniques and little details--all while finding inspiration and gaining confidence in your own artistic style.

Draw, paint, layer and create!

  • More than 30 techniques and projects including drawing, painting and adding layers for artists and aspiring artists of all levels.
  • Learn how do draw and paint figures such as creativeGIRL, busyGIRL and tutuGIRL. Then create your own girl to channel your story.
  • Find even more inspiration in a gallery filled with extraLOVE from the artist.
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creativeGIRL: Watercolor Words Workshop 

From watercolor to crayons, learn how to create distinctive quotes that can be hung and shared. With this step-by-step video, you can bring to life your favorite words and create a stylistic collage. By beginning with just a few words, you will be able to focus on color composition. Throughout the video, you will gradually incorporate more words and learn tips on how to work with water-color and other mediums.

64 minutes of premier workshop instruction
4 mini projects to use as practice before a final project
Tips and techniques to create meaningful and unique quotes

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Watercolor Story Blocks (DVD or instant download)

If you want to expand your knowledge of collage and watercolor, this instructional video will give you the tricks and techniques to do so. By first designing collaged blocks of color for your painting, you can quickly enter the world of imagination and creativity. Construct upon this collage by using watercolor and pencils to stencil in buildings and landscapes.

72 minutes of premier workshop instruction
Two-story blocks with step-by-step instruction
Collage, drawing and watercolor painting techniques

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Watercolor Illustrations (DVD or instant download)

Artist Danielle Donaldson will provide detailed instruction for creating a water-color composition. Work with collage paper, washi tape, and other fun media. Learn how to arrange a visually unique piece that features some of your favorite items. This video workbook will help you design a charming illustration while teaching you the techniques needed for water-color painting!

61 minutes of premier workshop instruction
10 mixed-media techniques that cover drawing, watercolor painting, & more
Tips for identifying and fixing problem areas during the artistic process

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Watercolor Inspiration
Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine, Blog Post by Cherie Haas on August 16, 2015

creativeGIRL is one of those books that lingers in your head long after you put it down–if you can put it down. The day Danielle Donaldson's book arrived in my office I must have opened it about a dozen times, either sneaking a peek at her stunning artwork, or leafing through to find yet another technique I wanted to try.   view the rest of the Cherie's article HERE and don't forget to check out this LINK to purchase my book!

Working with White
Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine, Blog Post by Cherie Haas on June 30, 2015

One of the most underrated art journal tools, IMHO, is a white pen. When I discovered this simple little mixed-media art supply, I couldn’t stop using it. Here’s what Danielle Donaldson, author of creativeGIRL: Mixed-Media Techniques for an Artful Life, has to say about using white in her art:

"Although white really isn’t a color--it’s the absence of color--it’s the proverbial glue that binds my process and creative work together,” Danielle says. “Recognizing and protecting white space gives my illustrations power and reminds me that I don’t have to fill up every corner of my art or my world with ‘stuff.’ When I add white back into my pieces, I am intentionally subtracting color and thereby creating some pretty amazing POP! Incorporating white is an integral part of my process and is often one of the last steps in completing my work, too... "  view the rest of the how-to HERE and don't forget to check out this LINK to purchase my book!

The Secret to Defining Your Style
Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine, Blog Post by Cherie Haas on December 15, 2015

We all have those pesky voices inside our head that give us excuse after excuse why we shouldn’t create art. One that creeps into my mind is that the piece I want to make has probably been done before. Someone, somewhere, has conceived of the same idea, so why should I bother? But then I remember that even if it has been done, it hasn’t been done my way. Besides, I’m not creating new things just to be the first and only–I create because I’m alive, and because I have ideas that won’t let me rest until I see them through. It’s a blessing and a curse.... view the rest of the how-to HERE and don't forget to check out this LINK to purchase my book!


Somerset Studio Magazine - The Art of Paper and Mixed-Media | July/August 2015 | Volume 19, Issue 4

Artist Profile written by Rice Freeman-Zachary. Includes over a dozen full-color art pieces.