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Join Me on a Virtual Beach Vacation

Do you have lots of mature, grown up responsibilities and duties on your plate right now?  Would you like to take a vacation but can’t?  Come with me!  I am taking a virtual vacation to the beach.  How can you join me?  By linking up your vacation blog posts, ocean and beach inspired art, anything that makes you feel like you have taken a virtual vacation!  This way we can all vacation together!  You can use posts from previous vacations to relive the memories or you can make new ones – it is up to you.

I have a virtual vacation creativity pack to give away at the end of the vacation to one of my fellow “travelers” who link up and share their virtual vacations.   My vacation starts today and I’ll be “returning” from vacation on Friday, June 15th.  After I unpack, I’ll be randomly drawing for the giveaway on Saturday, June 16th!  I hope you’ll join me!  This is open to everyone (newbies, veterans,  my friends at  Paint Party Friday, Creative Every Day,   Art Journal Every Day,   Inspire Me Monday , and well, EVERYONE!).   I will happily ship internationally.


The ocean is what I love staring at while art journaling.  It is my happy place.  The level of joy I felt art journaling on my last vacation there was off the charts.

Since I didn’t have my entire studio with me I had to use what I had.  I used these great Mica Gloss inks but the tip was clogged.  I ended up just sticking the handle of the brush into the container and I loved the results.  Now I have a new way to use them.  Never would have tried that without the beach.

I was so excited about going on vacation, I forgot to show you the giveaway-oops.

The virtual vacation creativity pack includes: 3 pages of 1949 radio diagrams, 3 pages from a 1902 handwritten pharmacist’s ledger, 3 pages from a 1907 French grammar book, 3 pages from a braille book, 3 pages from a 1976 high school yearbook, 12 vintage photos from the 1960’s, a  book to alter (that’s purple!), textured wallpapper, 6 colorful napkins, a collection of fibers, 1 jumbo butterfly, assorted wings (gold dresden, foam, and hand painted paper).

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  • Diana Evans June 1, 2012, 12:16 am

    oh how wonderful!!!! I will be sharing some of my beach inspired art !!!! wonderful post and have a wonderful vacation!!!

  • JKW June 1, 2012, 12:47 am

    Practically everything I do is geared toward my Yellow Cottage on the Beach . . . I have a ton of those pictures. . . . just waiting for help finding it. The old things in the last picture are so beautiful and heart rending. I enjoy looking at each one of them. Blessings, Janet PPF

  • lynn June 1, 2012, 1:26 am

    Fun video…love watching the speed of paints going on the pages…and the magic of the outcome!

  • Annette G June 1, 2012, 1:35 am

    Loving your pages. Have a great vacation. Happy PPF, Annette x

  • Tracey Fletcher King June 1, 2012, 2:14 am

    this is a great idea… will have to hunt out some beach inspired posts… have a great holiday virtual or real… it is all good and see you when you get back …xx

  • Corrine June 1, 2012, 5:46 am

    Sounds good, I will have to head to the beach to swim with your colorful fishes. You studio looks positively fab in the new issue of Studios. I adore the bright yellow and the greens, wonderful pops of color and you are SOOOOOOO organized, wow, I am impressed. Looks like a magical place to create. Do you have fairies and elves who come in at night and organize for you?? xox

  • Lisa WrightStuff June 1, 2012, 5:50 am

    I’m going to Corfu soon – so I’ll post some real vacation pics!! Great idea 🙂

  • Nordljus June 1, 2012, 7:37 am

    What a wonderful beach picture! And your fish page looks great! I’ve actually just come back from a little holiday, including a one day visit to the coast. I’m definitely going to use those in my paintings. 🙂

  • Anne June 1, 2012, 7:38 am

    Wonderful pages and great post! 🙂

  • Marji June 1, 2012, 8:48 am

    What a great idea! I love vacation, love the beach, and the sunshine. It’s a perfect time of year for a getaway. Happy PPF

  • Lindsay Drya June 1, 2012, 9:28 am

    Oh what a great idea! Yes, I will join you – absolutely!
    How exactly does it work, do we need to think of memories of travels we’ve made? Search for images on the web? Visualisations?

    It’s nice to see the work in progress also 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Carolyn June 1, 2012, 9:32 am

      It is whatever you want it to be for you- a piece of art you created that was inspired by a vacation, a photo from one of your vacations, a color that makes you think of vacation, a place you wish you could vacation, your favorite part of vacation (like shells from the beach)- it is open to interpretation. It can be a post you already have or a new one. The goal is low stress- vacations are about relaxing and sharing with friends (at least my favorite ones are…).

  • NatashaMay June 1, 2012, 9:43 am

    That’s a great ides! I haven’t been on vacation for a long time. 🙂 Your journal pages look amazing!

  • Debbie June 1, 2012, 10:53 am

    What a great idea! I hope you have a wonderful vacation. I love the journal page with the fish — very happy and colorful.

  • gloria June 1, 2012, 11:00 am

    Your pages are awesome. Great work. Wonderful ides too about the virtual vacation. Have a wonderful weekend and vacation!

  • Timeless Rituals June 1, 2012, 11:05 am

    A cool giveaway and challenge!!
    My fave holiday would be in a cold place, because I don’t like got weather and the sun… 🙂

  • Rinda June 1, 2012, 11:22 am

    What a cool idea! I’ll definitely play along – I have just project n mind. Bookmarking this to come back and link up when it’s complete.

  • Cynthia June 1, 2012, 11:29 am

    TOTALLY joining you on vacation!! What an awesome idea! I will “leave” as soon as I can! 😉 Thanks for the inspiration!!

  • Kristin June 1, 2012, 12:26 pm

    Oh my goodness, this is wonderful! I love vacations and the beach. I think I’ll have to paint up something for my virtual vacation. Fun post! Happy PPF!

  • Tammie June 1, 2012, 12:44 pm

    the colors in your beach photograph bring joy to my eyes!

    your journal art is lovely and colorful.

  • Christine June 1, 2012, 12:52 pm

    beautiful fish, and I do love the beach!

  • Mary C. Nasser June 1, 2012, 1:02 pm

    What a fun, fun linky party!
    Just added my link to vacation memories of Iceland. 🙂
    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  • Carol June 1, 2012, 1:05 pm

    Lovely creations ~ my vacation this summer is close to home with gallery showing all season for the 1st time ~ and I may show some of that ~ thanks, ^_^

  • Piarom June 1, 2012, 1:21 pm

    what a wonderful idea!! like your journal spread and it feels like I am on the beach too and look over your shoulder while you are painting! HAPPY HOLIDAY ♥

  • Nora Clemens-Gallo June 1, 2012, 1:37 pm

    I will be joining you with some of my work, that really sounds like fun!! I enjoy watching your video, I love how you created all the texture on your pages. Have fun on your vacations!!

  • Nora MacPhail June 1, 2012, 2:02 pm

    Wow, that is an amazing idea. And a wonderful colourful painting too. Thanks for sharing the video!

  • Jen June 1, 2012, 2:34 pm

    What a fun, creative idea! I know I could use a vacation. 🙂 Loved watching your video too. 🙂 Thank you for visiting my blog!

  • laurie June 1, 2012, 2:43 pm

    oh my gosh this is amazing,

  • Cris June 1, 2012, 2:59 pm

    How fun! We are planning a beach vacation right now, but I shared a link to a post I wrote about our spring break in New Mexico. Have a great trip.

  • Kat June 1, 2012, 3:00 pm

    Hello Carolyn, definitely holiday mode here….just love dreaming and the ambiance you’ve created here, very tropical and hot! Thanks Carolyn, have enjoyed visiting here as always, such fun and colour!

  • AJ June 1, 2012, 4:27 pm

    Happy Vacation Carolyn! What a great idea. I have an afinity with fishes so of course I love your spread.
    Big love
    AJ 🙂

  • Leovi June 1, 2012, 5:30 pm

    Beautiful photos, exquisite light. I love the color blue. Truly exotic.

  • Kristin Van Valkenburgh June 1, 2012, 7:23 pm

    WHAT a wonderful idea! I love it – and I have to put my thinking cap on – don’t know if I have any recent pictures – which MEANS I need a vacation!
    LOVED your video – I am so impressed by how many supplies you use in all of your work – and I want that golden pink acrylic!!!

  • teddi June 1, 2012, 8:14 pm

    i really like watching your process video! there were so many moments when i liked what i saw. i notice that frequently,when i watch other artists. that one point someone may decide to stop, & someone else may decide to take their art in another direction. 🙂

  • Ayala Art June 1, 2012, 10:42 pm

    I will upload something, I do love the beach!

  • denni June 1, 2012, 11:51 pm

    Hi Carolyn,
    Great post! I’m joining you on vacation. Just posted it and your site on my blog.
    Have fun!

  • VonnyK June 2, 2012, 1:09 am

    I’m just imagining dipping my toes in that water ……. ahhh, if only…..
    Von (PPF)

  • Valerie-Jael June 2, 2012, 2:52 am

    Beach and sea are my big dreams just now, but they will have to stay dreams, I haven’t been on holiday for more than 10 years! But dreams are nice, too! Valerie

  • june in Ireland June 2, 2012, 6:41 am

    Hi Carolyn! I just found you and your lovely blog via Denni’s Harvest Moon blog, and I’m delighted and excited by your brilliant idea of a virtual vacation. Brilliant! I live about an hour away from an actual beach, but in my mind and my heart, in an instant I can be lapping up the glorious rays of the sun and listening to the beautiful song of the ocean. I’ve just subbed to your blog, so I’ll have to wait until you return from your own virtual vacation on the 15th, but in the meantime, there’s plenty here in your archives to enjoy. Happy holidaying (‘holiday’ is the same as ‘vacation’ here in Ireland). – June

  • Erika N June 2, 2012, 7:07 am

    I LOVE this idea. I think more people should do it-especially in January when we could all use a little beach time.

  • Bleubeard and Elizabeth June 2, 2012, 8:27 am

    I don’t live anywhere NEAR a beach and haven’t been to one since 1980, when I didn’t even have a camera. Of course, if the rain and hail hadn’t taken out our primary crop (I live in Kansas), I could have taken photos of waves of grain (wheat).

  • EVA June 2, 2012, 3:03 pm

    Wonderful photo and great fish art! I painted a sketchbook my last beach vacation. I’ll have to get my act together and post something before you return…

    Have fun!! (A beach sounds fabulous on this cold rainy day…)

  • Julie June 2, 2012, 5:20 pm

    great idea, great pages, great fish! And of course the ocean is my absolute favorite place to be!

  • Linda Breshears June 2, 2012, 6:17 pm

    Awesome beach photo. There is nothing like a day at the beach when you have a lot on your mind. All of a sudden your troubles seem like the size of a grain of sand rather than the size of a mountain. I sure miss being able to go at a moments notice.

    Love your journal page too. Happy PPF


  • Paula - Buenos Aires June 2, 2012, 11:03 pm

    Nice to see the beach pictures when it is getting colder here. 🙂 I added all my Patagonia posts, both from the coast and the western mountains & lakes.

  • Elisa Choi June 3, 2012, 2:44 am

    I long for a vacation too and your photo just simply lures me into the beach! Lovely spread too! Enjoy your vacation!

  • bev langby June 7, 2012, 8:53 pm

    oh have fun im 5 min in the car from the most wonderful coastline north of Sydney australia im a beach girl born and bred lol the ocean is a magical place , enjoy your break

    hugz bev

  • froebelsternchen/Art Journal Journey June 10, 2012, 8:16 am

    I have to come along with you!
    great idea!
    xxx Susi