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Mermaids Need To Learn Their ABC’s

An art journal page using Gelli plates by Carolyn Dube What do mermaids learn in school?  Sure swimming is an important class for them, but mermaids need to learn to read too.   Getting lost in a good book is one of life’s pleasures and I would hate to deny a mermaid that joy…Would mermaids read One Fish, Two Fish by Dr. Seuss or 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea?

A Colorful Workshop: Gelli Printing with Carolyn Dube


Perhaps school is on my mind because I am in teacher mode getting my latest workshop, Gelli Printing, ready for the first day of class.   The details are here and the workshop is $10 0ff until April 1st, no foolin’!


This is the Gelli print that started my mind thinking about mermaids and school.  The way the blues and greens blended together said ocean to me and the letters took me right back to school.  I love where the Gelli plate takes me.

An art journal page using Gelli plates by Carolyn Dube


An art journal page using Gelli plates by Carolyn Dube

I stamped sea horses swimming in the seaweed, I mean in the letters.  The stamp is from Great Impressions and was stamped with Adirondack Brights Citrus ink.





The ombre blue and green  on this Gelli print coordinated perfectly.  The imperfections in the print gave me the weathered ocean feel I was looking for- love it when imperfect is perfect!

An art journal page using Gelli plates by Carolyn Dube


An art journal page using Gelli plates by Carolyn Dube


The mermaid is courtesy of my daughter. I am embarrassed as a parent to say I overlooked her for this at first.  She forgave me and happily created the mermaid to share.  I’ll be including her in my next newsletter.  You can sign up here.  The colors are courtesy of Dylusions inks in blues and greens.



So what else do you think a mermaid would learn in school?

Linking up with Simon Says Stamp and Show,  Artist Play Room, Art Journal Every Day and  Creative Every Day.

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  • Raine March 19, 2013, 11:55 pm

    Awesome! And that’s one beautiful mermaid!!!!

  • Corrine March 20, 2013, 5:36 am

    What is sooo appealing about these partial prints from the gelli, it’s the hint of mystery to me I think. Wonderful flowing mermaid, but as a creature of the sea I expect you would know that oh beachy gal! Looking forward to gelli play on the first! xox

  • Cynthia March 20, 2013, 8:43 am

    Ahhh, just what I needed on this dreary, cold day. Beautiful ocean and beautiful mermaid!! LOVE the colors!!!

  • Julie G. March 20, 2013, 9:16 am

    My favourite colours! Absolutely gorgeous in its simplicity.
    I feel like one of your primary school students right now…can’t sit still in my seat waiting for the Gelli Print class to begin on the 1st! LOL

  • Judy Shea March 20, 2013, 11:29 am

    Well, first, you are using my favorite color here. That turquoise/teal is so refreshing to me. We need the beach scene right about now with the winter we’ve had.. or should I say, still having. Mermaids are so mysterious to me. My first thought is the movie “The Little Mermaid”. Don’t they learn about gadgets and gizmos?

  • Boo Martin March 20, 2013, 3:34 pm

    love the mermaid

  • Jessica Sporn March 20, 2013, 3:56 pm

    So playful and soothing at the same time. Love Emma’s mermaid and how she is swimming away and reaching toward, all at the same time. It gives this a real feeling of being moved by the currents. I’m also noticing and admiring your use of white space on the top print. LOVE!! Looking forward to your class starting!.

  • Valerie-Jael March 20, 2013, 4:00 pm

    Lovely, watery colours! I think Merpeople hear the Water music from Händel every day.
    I wonder if they have their hair waved? Valerie

  • Kathy Gledsdale March 20, 2013, 4:01 pm

    Lovely as always!

  • Alison/craftytrog March 20, 2013, 4:54 pm

    Beautiful!!! I’m in awe of your daughter’s talent for drawing, her mermaid is fantastic!
    Alison x

  • Jennifer McLean March 20, 2013, 6:53 pm

    two of my favorite colors are turquoise and green, in fact, I’ll be painting my nails later today with a color called atlantis, which reminds me of your mermaid painting. Love the beautiful colors, good luck with your new course, do people bring you an apple for the teacher?? ;o)

  • Kay Wallace March 20, 2013, 7:32 pm

    As an East Coast Girl, I love anything to do with the ocean, and your piece today is no exception!! Love the blues and greens of the background! Amazing, isn’t it, how the mind can take you artistically where you didn’t even know you were going?!

  • Claudette March 21, 2013, 6:01 am

    Love the colors, love the mermaid, love the Gelli Plate!

  • Anita Houston March 21, 2013, 11:16 am

    So cool! And mermaids would be uncool if they didn’t know their abc’s and know how to read!!! Love the colors of water and the swirly mermaid is fabulous! Gorgeous page!!!! Thank you for playing in our watered down challenge this week at Simon Says Stamp & Show this week!

  • Sara March 22, 2013, 7:01 am

    This is really beautiful – love the mermaid, your daughter did an amazing job of it!

  • Marjie Kemper March 22, 2013, 11:20 am

    How dreamy! Love the yummy colors and lettering, plus your mermaid… I can definitely see why you saw her on this beautiful background.

  • Jan L. March 22, 2013, 7:56 pm

    I’m pretty sure I NEED a Geli plate. I keep telling myself I don’t but I’m seeing all that I’m missing out on! Lovely page.

  • Currie Silver March 23, 2013, 5:29 pm

    really cool and love the colours, Carolyn.

  • Maria McGuire March 28, 2013, 1:18 am

    How did I miss this???!!! The colors just make me want to float away in the ocean…so calming. The mermaid is PERFECT! I think that mermaid’s probably takes classes on how to stay afloat 🙂