Jamie Dougherty’s Jump Start


Jamie Dougherty is one of these persons that have an unbelievable amount of talent in many artsy fields. Whether it be Mixed Media, Paintings, Digital Drawings, Writing Books etc. etc. everything she does is stunning.  On top she is a sweet and helpful person ! And…the logo for CJS is also her work 🙂

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I was raised around many differently talented and artistic people, who were very encouraging and supportive, always teaching me new skills in arts and crafts. When I reached high school my main focus became painting and sculpting. I won many awards and scholarships for my pottery and sculpting pieces. Life had taken over and my love for art took a backseat to family but when my daughter was born in 2003 I decided to begin scrapbooking, taking those memories and journaling them for future generations. Like everyone my style has morphed and expanded since I began. Recently I went back to my roots of fine arts and meld my two passions together. Bringing my paper arts into my fine mixed media skills. My style is eclectic and varies on the design and subject I’m creating for, I don’t limit myself with a label. I love to step outside of the box and push my limits. I enjoy teaching others the skills I have learned and created and inspiring others to find their own styles and creativity. I live in Southern California with my husband and our two children, I am blessed with the opportunity to work on my art full time while being there for my children


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I hope you enjoyed todays Jumpstart


Thank you for participating and making this year’s Creative JumpStart special!

Again this year we’re able to bring your Creative JumpStart Summit 2013 free. A lot of energy and love went into this event, and the work has been nonstop for months.

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  1. pearlmaple says:

    Thanks Nat for hosting the creative jumpstart and finding so many fun people with creative inspiration

    Jamie, great video full of interesting ways to play with paint, thanks for sharing

  2. Maria del Carmen says:

    Thank you Jamie for sharing your interesting technique.

  3. what a fab tutorial – great tips and techniques for a novice like me 🙂

  4. Great video!. Thanks Jamie for the explanation about acrylic paints!

  5. compressed air! hah! so very very clever… 🙂

  6. Thanks so much Jamie for the explanation of the varieties of Acrylic paint medium and three ways to extend their use. As a painter, I have traditional acrylics and some of the fluid, too. But now I so need an acrylic paint pen…oh the fun I could have with that and some SPLATTER, too 🙂

  7. Thanks Jamie, great tips and presentation.
    So glad to be back watching these videos after several days without power & longer without any internet!

  8. Great explanation of the different products. Going to move my compressed air from the office to my studio!!

  9. Johanne L. says:

    Thanks for sharing your techniques with us.

  10. Thanks for sharing these tips…very interesting and informative!

  11. Thank you for showing us the basic tips! Fun techniques!

  12. I really, really, really enjoyed your JumpStart Jamie. Thank you!!!!! 🙂
    PS: I’ve sent DH out on a mission to buy me a can of compressed air!!!!!

  13. helen markee says:

    Thanks for the tips!!

  14. Thanks for sharing. Loved your techniques

  15. Jamie, I enjoyed the informative video. Thanks for being a CJ participant.

  16. Jamie thank you for sharing this.

  17. Great idea especially the compressed air 🙂

  18. Thank you Lynn for these tips. Never thought of spraying my ink with an airspray. Love the effect. I am certainly going to try that.

  19. As a beginner with paints and other mediums, I totally loved this video! So much and clear info, Thank you Jamie!
    xxDebbie / Little Dot Of Creativity

  20. Yvonne Williams says:

    How fun, This is just great, love your techniques and explanations. Those are so helpful. Thanks for the inspiring video.

  21. it was nice to understand a little better the differences in products! thanks for sharing…

  22. Thanks for the information on acrylic paints. It’s always good to know the differences and how to use them on our projects.

  23. Extremely informative. Thanks!

  24. ScrappinEweRobyn (Robyn) says:

    Thank you for the information! Terrific ideas esp. for one that has not used acrylics much!

  25. Thanks for your video, Jamie!! As a beginner with acrylic paints, I didn’t know, that there are so many techniques to use them!! I learned a lot !!

  26. carolemac1 says:

    I am such a beginner with Acrylics – and yep experienced a ‘muddy’ pool the other day so I very much appreciate the tips … love the water on water for toning them down. thx again Jamie

  27. Ihaven’t used acrylics much, Thanks for the techniques

  28. I love Golden paints but use a lot of BASIC and can work with that ok. I have never used the acrylic artisit inks but think I will need to check them out. Thanks for the infomation and tips.

  29. Thanks Jamie for these great ideas….loved the technique for the splatter effect…..I have got to try this!!!!

  30. thank you Jamie for showing this different techniques with several acrylic paints. Learnt about it yet.

  31. I think the air in the paint will be fun! I like the break down of the different types of paints, too! Thanks for sharing.

  32. Thanks, I learned something new with the second thechnique.

  33. lacyquilter says:

    Thank you. I really needed this type of information.

  34. ooooh compressed air….time to raid the cleaning supplies!

  35. Thanks Jamie!
    I am a beginner with Acrylic paints. Learned alot! Hugs!

  36. Thanks for sharing your techniques!!! I thought for sure you were going to use a straw and blow through it to splatter your paint… LOVE the compressed air idea!

  37. Gerd Andersson says:

    Loved these simple techniques! Thank you!

  38. Loving the three tips for Acrylics- my fav is the canned air!

  39. Jaylynn thanks so much for the three techniques with acrylics. Love the spray can! I’ve seen it also done with a drinking straw, love the bigger splash better. I’ve never added water to the paper and then applyied the paint, but it’s a nifty way to make it look like watercolor – thanks for sharing!



    PS Nath, thanks for all the link you’ve been including with each of the different artists – so much inspiration out there.

  40. Wow… thanks for explaining the different types and brand names of acrylic paint! That really helps a beginner like me! You Rock!!!

  41. Thank you for the techniques!!!!

  42. Just tried all 3 of these. I love the splattered technique, but need to experiment with thinning mine to make it work better. The other two were easy to do and love the results. Will definitely be purchasing more acryllics and using them in my scrapbooking more often. Thanks so much for sharing these techniques, Jamie, and for the easy to follow instructions!

  43. Canned air and paint, who knew! Thanks for the great info on the acrylics.

  44. deborahl591 says:

    Perfect. thanks for for describing the different forms of the acrylic paint. I so appreciate it. The techniques are great…i’m sure I’ll be using them.

  45. Thanks for the overview of all the different varieties of acrylic paint! I enjoyed your video. I think I might take the compressed air outside, haha!

  46. thanks for the great tips! 🙂

  47. Thank you! I am not using my paints enough and it is great to be reinvigorated! The splatter technique – oh now I feel like an “insider” knowing that one LOL

  48. Great ideas…. thanks for sharing your knowledge.

  49. Betty Dallas says:

    I’m so very new to all of this, and your video showed me a lot about acrylics I didn’t know. Thanks.

  50. Great, thanks Jamie!!

  51. sandy sims says:

    Had not thought to use acrylics as a watercolor base-great idea. Off to experiment. Thanks.

  52. Colleen Fuerst says:

    Can’t wait to try the splatter technique. And now I know I have to be patient, and let things dry before adding more color and getting mud! Thanks for the tips.

  53. Kristina Perez says:

    Thank you for sharing, Jamie. Everything on my desk will be splattered with paint soon. 😉

  54. Mary Werner says:

    Thanks for the info on Hard, Soft, Medium body acrylics and how they work.

  55. Really cool she is amazing….

  56. That was fabulous Jamie!!! Totally love the spatter technique…never thought of (or seen) the compressed air before! That’s just pain cool! AND making a watercolour consistency from acrylic paints…. why have I not thought of that either (rolling eyes) Great tips and excellent explanations!!

  57. I am so impressed with your teaching style. So easy to listen to and understand. I have taken many classes online and been very disappointed with the fact that they were probably better artists than teachers. You are Both and you do Both very well. Thank you for your tips and techniques on the acrylic paints. I was waiting for you to use the pen. I guess I have not seen that pen used before. Will be checking out your website and blog. Thanks Again.

  58. Thanks for sharing, love all the ways working with acrylics !

  59. I have so much to learn about acrylic paint.This was certainly a great start-thank you so much Jamie!

  60. TFS Jamie I loved all the techniques, I really must get a can of compressed air to try that splatter technique – wow.

  61. Laurie Hunt says:

    Thanks Jamie! Loved seeing your tips and maybe even more, your quick explanation of acrylic mediums. Downside to quick explanation showed me a new product that I’ve never seen before — the cool Montana paint pen. I don’t do well learning about new media that I don’t have. I find that I soon must try one. Then I must have them all… Jamie you’re killing me…

  62. Christina says:

    Great techniques!!! Can’t wait to start.

  63. thanx for showing us some fun techniques

  64. Great tutorial. Most of what I do craft-wise I’ve taught myself, so it’s good to get some background info about the medium as well as how to use it. Thanks so much!

  65. Great techniques and a great explanation of the different types of acrylics – thank you 🙂

  66. Thank you, Jamie for the tips..canned air technique is good.
    I would like to add that the compressed air does have a few precautions. The spraying too close and the liquid can cause frostbite. The can should stay upright so using the little tube might be better.

  67. Judith Noble says:

    thank you!

  68. Janet Firth says:

    Thank you and loved the compressed air idea!

  69. Thanks for the explanation at the beginning describing the different acrylic paints. Also, really like the “splatter” technique!

  70. Great Tips! Thanks for giving such a clear explanation of the various acrylic media up front. I’ve used the watered down technique but never thought of it as a replacement for watercolour. One less media to have on hand! And love the splatter. My compressed air canister wasn’t working properly so i tried blowing thru a draw. Pretty cool – you can control where the splatter goes!

  71. What a great reminder of how to get the most out of the one product! Thank you so much for all the tips. Off to get some canned air : )

  72. Jean McBride says:

    Thank you Jamie always good to know to achieve the different effects with acrylics and to know the difference between the makes.

  73. Now an art use for canned air! I LOVE it! Thank you so much!

  74. well done, thank you

  75. Thank you! Will have to try that ink/spray air technique!

  76. I am always looking for more ways to use my supplies. Thanks for the tips.

  77. morningdove says:

    great vid, loved splatter tip.

  78. Thanks for showing us how to get the most out of one supply. I’ll definitely be trying the splatter technique!

  79. I am learning every day ! thank you for all the ideas, can’t wait to try them off shopping!

  80. Jamie, i love the three!…i have used the splatter as per Tim Holtz tech, on a luster white cardstock, various ink colors, and it produces a marvelous background for anything. Now i learned that using paint could go on top of any surface! Thanks for your precise description of each…

  81. Rita Timmons says:

    great tips! love the splatter technique!

  82. love the compressed air trick! TFS!!!

  83. Well, I love knowing that I don’t need a multitude of paints to get creative! And the air can technique is awesome! Thanks so much for sharing these useful techniques and tips!

  84. Great video! The compressed air looks fun and a good reminder that we can thin our acrylics when needed! Thanks!

  85. Thank you Jamie! Love the compressed air tip!! I definitely have to have one of these! Hugs from Brazil!! 😀

  86. As wonderful as the techniques are, I was really interested in the information at the beginning. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge!!

  87. Janet Kearney says:

    Need a can of compressed air – that splatter technique is awesome. Thank you for sharing.

  88. lisa glowatski says:

    Thanks for the explanations! Love the splatter tip!

  89. thanks for the tips it was great..

  90. Wowzer!! those splatters!!! That was awesome!
    I love acrylic paints.
    Thank you for the great video, Jamie

    xx Monica

  91. Excellent information….thanks Jamie!

  92. Love using acrylics
    I so have to get some compressed air
    How cool is that

  93. Never thought about wet on wet with acrylic! love the compressed air trick too.

  94. 8) Thank you. =)

  95. Nice tips to use my acrylic paint again.And the different looks that it gives.

  96. Thank you, Jamie.

  97. How great the splatters! And thanks for the talk of the basics of acrylic.

  98. Great explanations…thanks so much for sharing.

  99. Thanks for the tips.

  100. This is just what I needed today! Creative Jumpstart has been so inspiring that I went out and bought my first set of acrylic paints yesterday. Thank you for the tips!

  101. Thanks for the tips…the compressed air is a new one for me….

  102. Fantastic info for the beginner like me. I loved the explanation of the different type of acrylic paints. Thanks for sharing.

  103. Thank you for sharing the three techniques and explaining about the different weights of acrylic paint. I am off to find my can of compressed air to try the splatter technique.

  104. Jamie, Thank you for the tips!

  105. Great video – thanks!! Off to make my samples.

  106. That red at the top looked like a bird 🙂 was it? Thanks for sharing the fun tips!

  107. Liz Thayne says:

    Thanks so much for sharing these tips. Love the splatter effect!

  108. Thanks for all the great tips – I need to get my paints out and play!

  109. Jamie, thanks so much for this video, as someone who has only played with cheap craft paints, your explanations at the beginning were so very helpful!

  110. Thank you for sharing your knowledge on acrylics – that splotch is an easy wow – thanks!

  111. Nancy Riggs says:

    Great tutoria! It’s amazing how much you can learn in just a few minutes. Thank you.

  112. Sonia Tsukasa Nozawa says:

    Loved the splatter technique! Thank you Jamie! 🙂

  113. love the use of the canned air-have to try that with my acrylic paints-thanks!

  114. Nice techniques! thank you!

  115. Great idea the splattering technique
    Thanks for showing

  116. andrenesmith says:

    Thanks for the tips and the video. Love the can of air technique…..all these years I’ve been hyperventilating using a straw!!

  117. Cool!!!! Thanks heaps Jamie!!!! Have to try finding that air compressor can here in Australia now!!! LOL Very helpful vid, thanks again. x

  118. Marie-Anne Raeman says:

    thank ypu for showing these tips

  119. Cindy Kotora says:

    Great tips. I’ve also seen and done the splatter technique done by blowing through a drinking straw. Just gives a little different result. TFS!

  120. Candy Brintnall says:

    Completely amazed at the paint splatter technique with the canned air! Can’t wait to try!

  121. Great technique with the can of air spray — loved that splatter pattern. Thanks for the video.

  122. Cool watercolor effect with the acrylics – so I take it that the color is permanent when dry, like with full strength acrylics, and you can add other wet media on top without mixing…have to give that a try.

  123. I never thought to use compressed air for splatters. Thanks!

  124. I really love all the techniques Jamie shared. These are again must tries and the splattering one has to be my favorite technique!! Thanks Jamie for sharing with us!!!

  125. Nurse Ratchet says:

    I have just begun my acrylic paint journey and your video has been extremely helpful thank you sooooo much…love the splatter technique especially!

  126. Thank you for the great ways to use acrylics! I’ve watered it down before, but never thought to add it to wet paper. Lovely results!

  127. Can’t wait to try the splatter effect. Thanks for your explanation around the different types of acrylics. I am gaining tons of info this month.

  128. Loved the splatter technique. Makes a really great background design. Thanks!

  129. Very interesting, – thanks for showing!

  130. Thanks for the tutorial, it was very informative.

  131. Claire Standish says:

    Thank you for this tutorial! I really appreciated the instruction on the different types of acrylics and their best uses!

  132. Dara Lynn says:

    You have inspired so many and continue to shine! Love the tips when using acrylics!!!!

  133. cool splatter techinque really liked the tutorial thanks for sharing

  134. Robbi Parker says:

    Great teaching style! Thank you…..

  135. Cathy in Canada says:

    Awesome stuff!

  136. I’ve not done a splatter with the duster can and can’t wait to go try it now-fun!

  137. Heather P. says:

    Thanks for all the great tips! I keep forgetting to try that splatter technique with my little one. She would love to blow the paint around with straws.

  138. mlcain0202 says:

    Thank you for explaining the different mediums. I really like the splatter effect. I have never seen it done that way.

  139. Cool technique with the canned air to get the splatter!!

  140. Evelyn R. says:

    Thanks for the tips and explaining the various weights and types of acrylic paint and ink. Love the splattering technique. Now I have to get out my acrylic paints to try to get watercolor effects, and to try the layering.

  141. Nice jump – thank you. I’m getting a can of compressed air today!!

  142. FANTASTIC! I love the canned air technique!!! Fabulous tutorial, Jamie!

  143. I ALWAYS forget to use water as an art medium in itself! For some reason, the cheapest and least expensive medium is never at the top of my mind!

  144. Very helpful techniques tips! Thank you!

  145. Holly McMannes says:

    Great tips for using the different paints and loved the splatter technique. Thank you.

  146. Wow – t hank you so much for these wonderful techniques!! I am learning so much with each video I watch!!

  147. I really appreciate this basic introduction to using acrylic paints. I’m a “newbie” to this medium and I found it very, very helpful. Thank you.

  148. How many possibilities offered by acrylic paints! Thanks for sharing them.

  149. Loved the explanation of the different acrylic products out there. Thanks for sharing these tips!

  150. Denise Werkheiser says:

    Thanks for sharing your tips!

  151. Thanks for the video, I keep forgetting about wetting the substrate to get more effects!

  152. Very informative, thanks for a great tutorial! I can’t believe we’re near the end! 😦

  153. Love the tips especially the splatter effect! Thanks for sharing.

  154. I am always stunned by the watercolor look that one can achieve with acrylic paints.

  155. Tack för tipsen! 🙂

  156. Judy Meeker says:

    Thanks for the tips. Going to go play now.

  157. A great little tutorial. Thanks so much!

  158. Nice reminder of the different ways you can play with acrylic paint 🙂

  159. thanks jamie for the demo

  160. Dee in NH says:

    Great video. I haven’t played with paint too much but I see I need to give it a try.

  161. scrappinvt says:

    Great tips!! thanks

  162. I like the water color idea.

  163. Thank you this fun

  164. Angela Campbell says:

    Thank you – very helpful

  165. Dale Rose says:

    I especially enjoyed your tips as I have not worked much with acrylic paints. Thank you for helping a new comer to paint.

  166. That was a very nice presentation, thanks for sharing.

  167. Great start to a Sunday morning. I have lots of acrylic paints from my folk art days and think I will start experimenting with them. Thanks for all the tips on techniques.

  168. Fun video!

  169. Awesome tips! I just love the splatter effect she did! Have to try that real soon.

  170. Lynne Vowles says:

    Fabulous tips, off to have a play with my acrylic paints.

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