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My Muse is My Travel Agent and We’re Off to Venice

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Although I can’t hop on a plane to travel right now, I can take a trip in my art journal!  My muse is my travel agent and she’s booked me to Venice for this trip.

Below is the progression of my art journal page as I played with the newly released, Venetian Large 9×12 stencil from StencilGirl.





No plan, no goal. Just random play with  What’s the Point from Nathalie Kalbach and Intersecting Circles Brick from Lizzie Mayne.

The bricks reminded me of my trip overseas so I grabbed a stencil inspired by Venice.







I used the Venetian  9 x 12 stencil with acrylic paint.  But all the color in the background made the building hard to see.   A problem?  Nope.










I added a thin layer of pink paint all over the buildings.  I went right over the blue and the spaces in the building to even out the busy color behind it.

Then put the stencil right back on top and restenciled it.





Now it was time for words.  A touch here and there of stamped script and 3 Latin vocabulary cards.

What do these Latin words mean?

Begin, take refuge, and memory which I took to mean Begin to take refuge in the memory of Venice.

I know my Latin professor is cringing right now because I certain took liberties with the Latin, but this is art…





Lightened it all up with some blue and white paint and white Stabilo pencil on the buildings.










A darker blue around the edges finished up this art journal play session.






Wonder where my muse will take me next in my art journal…any suggestions for my muse on beautiful places to visit?


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  • Jo Murray April 21, 2014, 2:52 pm

    Love Venice…but how about the onion domes of Moscow.

    • Carolyn Dube April 21, 2014, 3:04 pm

      That’s a great place to travel to next!

  • Laura from VA April 21, 2014, 3:04 pm

    great page! Thank you for sharing your art-I enjoy your blog and videos so much. I didn’t realize there was a white Stabilo pencil-something to add to my wish list!

  • Ruth L April 21, 2014, 3:19 pm

    Venice is beautiful, città del milioni di bellezze, Carolyn, I always dreamed about traveling along the Amazon river and see the rainforest!

  • WandA April 21, 2014, 4:07 pm

    I love your page, great coloring!
    Maybe your next trip could go to Holland? Windmills, skyline of Amsterdam, tulips, lots of colour….. It is really beautiful over here! Welcome!
    Greetings, Wanda (yes, from Holland)

  • Corrine April 21, 2014, 5:43 pm

    Oh I’ll join you. We haven’t even started and I am already fried. Love your colorful Venice. Time for a gondola ride. xox

  • Sylvia Tabor April 21, 2014, 5:57 pm

    Your muse took quite the trip!!! So glad she took time out to share her “vision” cause it is a beauty!!! Love the colors, the backgrounds, and the architecture.

  • Pattie April 21, 2014, 7:45 pm

    Oh, I love this! The colors, the arched bricks and beautiful basilica are wonderful. I want to come too!

    • Carolyn Dube April 21, 2014, 8:02 pm

      Happily, my travel agent has room for everyone! Come along Pattie!

  • Trish Wood April 21, 2014, 8:41 pm

    A journey to the great wall. Love your Venice.

  • Jackie P Neal April 22, 2014, 6:26 am

    So glad to hear your travel agent has lots of room…because the itinerary sounds delightful and I’m in! I only dream of such travel and love to view it through your eyes and art Carolyn!

  • Marjie Kemper April 25, 2014, 2:54 pm

    Fabulous! Love that stencil and your rich colors.

  • Arlene D April 27, 2014, 10:15 pm

    Bonaire to go snorkeling! You will LOVE the wonderful rainbows of color on the fish! Sigh…

    I was in Venice 35 years ago when I spend my senior year of college studying in Pisa, Italy and it was beautiful! My college history professor had us running all over Venice and it was amazing seeing it through his eyes.