Danielle Donaldson is coming!

Danielle DOnaldson book launch party and creative workshop

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Join us for a weekend of color-filled celebration with Danielle Donaldson and her soon-to-be released book, The Art of Creative Watercolor: Inspiration and Techniques for Imaginative Drawing and Painting! If you love illustration and watercolor, we are sure you won’t want to miss this event! Open to all levels of artists.

A smidge about the artist | Danielle Donaldson (Granite Bay, CA) is a mixed-media artist whose work focuses on watercolor and graphite drawing techniques. She is the author of the bestselling book, creativeGIRL, and has many years of experience designing products and teaching. Danielledonaldson.com

A little more about The Art of Creative Watercolor | Welcome to your watercolor happy place! 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

THE DETAILS | space is limited!

When – April 6-8, 2018

Where – 4724 Main Street, 1S, Lisle, IL 60532 | 331-903-6158hello@thecollectivelhe.com

Workshop Cost – $179 for Saturday workshop (includes snacks, drinks, handouts, goodie stash, professional mat for finished project and 6 hours of instruction with Danielle)

Studio Shenanigans Cost – $49 for Sunday shenanigans with Danielle (includes 6 hours of access to her ABC portfolio (no photos though!), demos, one-on-one help and her typical classroom antics)

Discount given when you register for both days at once.

FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2018 |  book-signing celebration – Open to all! We’ll be hosting a book-signing party (books will be available to purchase) that is open to all of our valued customers and to anyone who would like to meet Danielle and learn about her process, art, and book-writing journey. Danielle’s favorite snacks and libations will be shared! Danielle will be giving away a mystery gift bag to one lucky winner! Must be present to win. Oh and she is bringing art and some of her favorite supplies and journals that will be available for purchase, too!


SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 2018 | F is for Family – Bring your supplies for this one-day workshop that includes demo’s, handouts, a stash of goodies, and a start-to-finish illustration project. You’ll learn how to draw the sweetest boy and girl storybook characters and create your own family portrait! You’ll leave with a matted, finished piece that is ready to frame and hang in your studio! One-day workshop $179 (snacks and drinks included in cost) Danielle will give away the finished in-class project! Must be present to win!


SUNDAY, APRIL 8, 2018 | Studio Shenanigans with Danielle – Bring your supplies and join Danielle while she recreates your favorite illustrations from her book, answers your questions while you work on your own art, and shares her giant portfolio of originals of the ABC pages from her book! (She’ll even accept drawing challenges throughout the day!) Danielle will be giving away a mystery original piece of art to one lucky attendee! Must be present to win.

Coming in from out of town?

Accomodations: We have a block of rooms booked at our local Hyatt Regency with a rate just for the workshop participants which includes breakfast, and a hotel shuttle that will take you to and from the store.

Hyatt Regency


1400 Corporetum Drive, Lisle,IL 60532


Due to the nature of this class, registration is non-refundable. Credit maybe used toward another class, please review our  policies under FAQ’s.

The workshop registration is transferable to another participant with e-mail notification.