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How a Penny Helped Me Get Unstuck

An art journal page inspired by a Gelli Print®

I am a very careful planner. I think 20 steps ahead. Creating for me is very calculated and controlled. I can’t even type that with a straight face. I am the polar opposite of a controlled planner when I play. But you’ll see where I got stuck making this and how a penny rescued me!

An art journal page inspired by a Gelli Print®

 

 

This page all started with a paper made Gelli® printing a while ago. This was a clean up print using my Arched Aqueducts stencil that was inspired by Roman architecture. I love looking at ruins, especially ancient Roman ones.

My heart is on cloud nine whenever I get to see the old crumbling buildings and bridges so I decided to capture that with the dancers from my Learning to Dance stencil in hot pink.

An art journal page inspired by a Gelli Print®

Just two colors on this art journal page? Not for long! I brought in green, yellow, and blue so that more of rainbow was represented! Was I thinking and concentrating when I did this? Nope…just coloring in the white spaces in the arches.

An art journal page inspired by a Gelli Print®

 

An art journal page inspired by a Gelli Print®

Stenciling with a cosmetic sponge made quick work of getting a title on there with the Learning to Dance stencil. The stenciling didn’t take long but I got stuck in the decision process.

Straight and lined up with the top of the page or angled and lined up the the orange arches? I went back and forth. So much drama. I was acting like this was a life altering decision- so I flipped a coin.

Decision made. The wise penny chose for me.What felt like a monumental decision took just second and then I was back to playing!

If you’d like to know more about art journaling and stenciling, I have a free downloadable workshop called Permission to Play that you can jump in and join the fun. You can find all the details here.

An art journal page inspired by a Gelli Print®
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  • Jean Marmo June 5, 2016, 7:39 am

    Love the Aqueducts stencil! Gorgeous colors which came together very well. Love the penny influence!

    • Carolyn Dube June 5, 2016, 3:00 pm

      Thanks Jean! Penny for your thoughts was right on point for this one lol!