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I Went To Visit My Muse

Step-by-step Gelli print journal page with Carolyn Dube

I always invite my muse to come into my studio so I thought it was only reasonable that I pay her a visit over spring break a few weeks back.  Where does she live?  In Turks and Caicos.  How do I know she lives here?  Because when I am there I am inspired like no where else.  Not the most scientific way to track my muse- but it works for me…Here are some of the friendly fish from my morning snorkeling that sparked this art journal page.

Step-by-step Gelli print journal page with Carolyn Dube


Step-by-step Gelli print journal page with Carolyn Dube


A page in my homemade journal created using Gelli prints.






Step-by-step Gelli print journal page with Carolyn Dube


The mermaid is by my daughter (I just traced it).





Step-by-step Gelli print journal page with Carolyn Dube

I brought my Copic markers with me to the beach. I haven’t used them much but I decided it was time to get them out.  I scribble journaled around the edges & colored in the mermaid.





The Pointy Circles stencil by Julie Balzer became colorful fish as I added layers of paints to the mermaid and fish.  The string that holds the book together almost looks like the mermaid has been caught in a fishing line…perhaps I caught my muse?


Step-by-step Gelli print journal page with Carolyn Dube

Fabulous news for Gelli Platers!  Blue Moon Scrapbooking now carries Gelli Plates – even the 12 x 14 and they ship for free for orders over $50.  That means the 12×14 Gelli Plate ships for free!

Linking up to Art Journal Every Day, Creative Every Day, Make It Monday and Paint Party Friday.

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  • froebelsternchen April 11, 2013, 7:35 am

    Oh wow just gorgeous Carolyn!

  • Ellen April 11, 2013, 8:03 am

    Your muse lives in a beautiful place and you make beautiful art!

  • Jessica Sporn April 11, 2013, 8:03 am

    gorgeous! Love how you saw pointy fish and caught your muse…

  • Cynthia April 11, 2013, 8:45 am

    LOVE. The colors are gorgeous–so is your daughter’s mermaid!! I really love how you used the string binding as an accent instead of a problem. It totally fits the scene!! PERFECT. =D

  • Corrine April 11, 2013, 10:40 am

    To the sea, to the sea. Love all the brightness of your mermaid swimming away in the land of blue! xox

  • Judy Shea April 11, 2013, 2:58 pm

    These colors are just faboo, Carolyn. The way the flow… wow. Fishy Fishy.. who’s got the Fishy. Beautiful Gelli.. once again.

  • Kathy Gledsdale April 11, 2013, 3:11 pm


  • Kay Wallace April 11, 2013, 3:35 pm

    Oh, Carolyn, I so want our muses to meet! 😉 Sweet Gelli plate background for the underwater journal page. Such a beautiful calmness about it!

  • Marjie Kemper April 11, 2013, 3:45 pm

    Wow! I love how your mermuse appears so differently based on what’s behind her… just fabulous in every way!

  • Rinda April 12, 2013, 1:58 am

    Now I see where you wonderful saturated color palette comes from!

  • Paulette April 12, 2013, 7:46 am

    This is awesome Carolyn. Love the rich colors!

  • giggles April 12, 2013, 7:47 am

    Love your muse…she is a wise one!! Great movement and color!

    Hugs Giggles

  • sandra sherman April 12, 2013, 8:41 am

    Beautiful pages. I love the mermaid and the little fish

  • artmusedog and Carol April 12, 2013, 1:08 pm

    Marvelous colorful artwork with texture and so you! Beautiful! ~ ^_^

  • Faye April 12, 2013, 1:13 pm

    I always look forward to seeing what you are doing with the gelli plates, because you really have a handle on making gorgeous backgrounds with them.

  • Gloria J Zucaro April 12, 2013, 1:18 pm

    I am always amazed at how you seem to make something beautiful out of seemingly simple additions a little at a time! The string looks like a plumb line or a line for bringing up a basket of lobsters!

  • Marji April 12, 2013, 1:39 pm

    I love the idea that your muse lives in such a fabulous place. Wonderful that she makes the trip to your studio regularly – but really wonderful that she invites you to her place 🙂

  • Linda K April 12, 2013, 1:49 pm

    Love all the happy on this piece Carolyn-great use of all the the colors and stencils!

  • sharon April 12, 2013, 2:24 pm

    Great to be able to visit your muse, beautiful work and processes

  • aimee April 12, 2013, 3:43 pm

    great collab (you + your daughter + your muse)! xoxo ♥ aimee

  • Tracey Fletcher King April 12, 2013, 6:42 pm

    always fabulous to visit and see those step by step photos… it makes me feel like I know your work very well and it is always inspiring…xx

  • Lorinda @ Everyday Endeavours April 12, 2013, 10:51 pm

    So glad you know just where to find your muse when you need her. You two obviously treat each other well!! xx

  • Cat Beringer April 13, 2013, 12:06 am

    such beautiful colors!! What a fantastic place to draw inspiration from! Your muse treats you well. 🙂

  • Artwork by Deanna April 13, 2013, 7:48 am

    Beautiful Carolyn! I love the rich colors and all the different patterns within the painting. Happy PPF!

  • Gina Sismilich April 13, 2013, 10:13 am

    So beautiful – that is a wonderful mermaid your daughter created. I am inspired by the ocean wherever I am. I feel blessed to live in Beaufort SC which is surrounded by water and to have Hunting Island beach – really a beautiful beach enclosed by lush foliage – only 15 minutes away. I could feel the ocean current in your page. HPPF

  • Carola Bartz April 13, 2013, 4:30 pm

    Such rich and wonderful colors. I have thought so long about it that I will order my gelli plate this weekend!

  • Nicole/Beadwright April 13, 2013, 4:38 pm

    This is so pretty. Very Nice

  • Erika N April 13, 2013, 10:50 pm

    Love this piece. It is so beachy without being obvious beachy. Great images and colors. A real masterpiece.

  • Sandy How April 14, 2013, 9:23 am

    Great colouring technique and your daughter’s mermaid is delightful. Thanks for linking up with Make It Monday this week.

  • Dianne April 14, 2013, 10:43 pm

    really awesome journal pages…and love the photo of the fish too! happy PPF!