butterflies altered with ink and Big Brush Pitt Pens

Gelato brings Contentment

True story!

Contentment lies in a box of Gelatos….

my happiness sticks

my happiness sticks

It took me a long time to convince myself I needed some of these delicious sticks of pigment and I’m so glad I came to my senses…finally!

So I began to play
Cautiously at first.
Then bravely.

I got a not-so-subtle hint from my Bestie that a certain Writer’s Quote would look fantastic and be great inspiration for her novel.

by Dean Koontz - the quote that began the process

by Dean Koontz – the quote that began the process

Hmmm, surely she deserved more than one? Why not give her a great birthday present, and do a series!!
I backed myself to produce not only one canvas for her — but FOUR!
butterflies altered with ink and Big Brush Pitt Pens

butterflies altered with ink and Big Brush Pitt Pens

I played around with textures and mediums and gathered all kinds of junky ephemera, including some authentic writing nibs that another friend, Fiona, had found in her mother’s belongings after she had passed away. Fiona had given them to me because she knew I would put them to good use. I’m pleased to say Fi, they certainly have!
these are real vintage nibs!

these are real vintage nibs!

Then, bugger me, that old nemesis, “Doubt” came creeping back. I am not worthy, I am not worthy, I am not worthy. Yes, strangely Monty Python-esque and every bit as surreal. I let them sit there, unloved, naked in their uncolouredness (another new word), until the Gelatos came into my life.
composing embellishments before reaching for the glue gun

composing embellishments before reaching for the glue gun

Every bit as wonderful as the videos and social media chatter promised. I felt the acknowledgement as I rubbed and slicked and added all kinds of mediums to these beauties!


This is what I love doing.
Creating for Others.
Throwing caution to the wind and playing and enjoying myself.
Not abandoning the project when things aren’t turning out according to the Master Plan.
Celebrating when the trinkets and quotes and colours and textures begin to tell their own story.
Being the Finisher.

Kelly turning 46 (she doesn't mind me telling you so)

Kelly turning 46 (she doesn’t mind me telling you so)

So here is my Bestie, Kelly on her birthday (that was one berry delicious cake) and she couldn’t be happier with her gift.
“Love those vibrant colours! So me!! Ah! Pen nibs, ah! nuts, ah!……”
(that’s happiness right there!)

Looking forward to the next batch….what theme this time? who is my friend this time? what do they love? what would they like inspiration for? aspirations? celebrations?

20x20cm each - looking good!!

20x20cm each – looking good!!

Oh the mojo is flowing this time round, and it feels good.
So what do you love? What/Who is your favourite quote, author, poet, painter, philosopher? How do they inspire you into action?

Let me know by leaving a comment below. I love your company.
(yes, I’m learning to love this blog again….my blog)

If you’re ready to jump in and order one similar to Kelly’s gift, drop me a line at hello (at) giovannascott (dot) com and we can chat and chat and chat about what makes you happy.

Stay cool if you’re in Australia!
BE cool if you’re in Winter and think of me with beads of sweat as I write this post … yikes it’s humid!

xx Giovanna

9 thoughts on “Gelato brings Contentment

  1. Pam Prosser says:

    Are the gelato sticks like a crayon or pastel? LMK please. They have great colours.
    You have not lost your touch, it merely lost you, temporarily…. but it’s back!

    • Giovanna Scott says:

      Hey Pam, Nice to see you again!!!
      They are a twistable, chapstick sized (or maybe slightly larger) super-pigmented watercolour stick would be the best way to describe it. You can use them with or without adding water. It’s extremely versatile!! I love them….a lot..can you tell?
      I’ve been a bit quiet. 2013 was a very busy working year. Thanks for touching base again Pam. xx

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