Journal it Out – Best Laid Plans

I had big plans. Yesterday afternoon I asked my DH to help me set up my tripod and new arm thingy that suspends my iPad mini over my work surface so I could tape my Gelli Plate session. I’d been watching all sorts of videos on different printing techniques and was itching to try them out. It took about ten minutes for me to get all my supplies from my studio to the kitchen island – so I had enough room for the prints to dry while keeping my paints and “stuff’ close by.  It took another ten minutes to get the tripod and arm thingy positioned properly (up and down the step ladder) so that everything that needed to be was on camera and yet another ten minutes (up and down the step ladder) to rearrange my previously (not so well) arranged “stuff”.

At last I was ready to begin recording and printing.  Turned the recording program on and started to work, promptly hitting my head on the arm thingy and nearly sending the entire contraption to the floor. Started over, standing as still as possible  – until I knocked over the container holding the water for a technique I wanted to try.  Sigh.

Take 3.  Didn’t knock over anything this time and optimistically started trying the 75,000 techniques I thought I’d learned over the past week.  Will someone please tell me why it looks so easy watching someone else do it? Roll the paint, lay the stencil and markings, pull up the first print and voila!  One hot mess,  After hot mess.  After wet, sloppy mess.  Sigh.

So much for plans.  But I’m not the kind to give up easily (I admit it, I’m stubborn). So I kept at it. By the 45-minute mark, I was starting to make progress … probably because the more tired I got, the less control and need for perfection I felt.  By the 90-minute mark, I was sailing along – some really interesting prints. Some really cool prints.  The butt-ugly prints were fewer and farther between. Yipee!

Into the 2-hour mark I’d had enough. I washed my hands and climbed up the step ladder to turn off the recording.  To find a message on my iPad that the recording function had been stopped … because I’d run out of room on the iPad …. 15 minutes into the recording.  Sigh.

This post was supposed to be about my latest Gelli Plate adventures … just not exactly how I pictured the adventure going.  I moped around this morning and then decided to journal it out – at least something came out well!

I’ll have some of my prints from the Gelli Plate session in another post. But tell me – what do you do when things don’t go as you have planned?  Do you ever find that you just have to “journal it out”?

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  1. Catherine

    I truly do hate to laugh at your dreadful day, but I did so enjoy your article! lol Nice to be able to make an entertaining post about an unfortunate day. More success next time!! 🙂

  2. Sheri Zschocher

    I see you and I speak the same thingy language 🙂

    • Vicki Robinson

      Lol, we sure do, Sis!

  3. Robyn

    Too funny Vicki!!

    • Vicki Robinson

      It IS funny now Robyn – although it didn’t feel that way at the time! LOL!

  4. Kristine

    Oh my Vicki, I am so sorry it didn’t turn out the way you had hoped. I have had days like this and I do “journal it out”. But sometimes it is in a little different form. Like I might type a letter, but never send it. Or type it and then revise it before it goes out. I type it the way I feel at the time and then alter it for the final draft. You just have to be really careful not to accidently send the draft out. I hope it goes better for you next time, I can just imagine how frustrated you must have been after all of that. 😉

    • Vicki Robinson

      Thanks, Kristine! Some days are just like that ya know? What a great idea to write a letter! I also like to write out my thoughts on the journal page and then cover them up – I know they’re there, but no one else does, which I like. Thanks for stopping by my blog!


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