Last weekend was Ganesha Chaturthi (the birthday of Lord Ganesha), and while we offered prayers and made festival food, I also got into the mood of making some related art as well. So I ended up with a textured art journal spread with Ganesha as the focal figure.
Once again, I started with a page that already had negatives on it from a previous gel printing session. Over this, I added more textures using a gel plate. I then added some tactile textures by using modeling paste with a crackles stencil. I tore and adhered some washi tape over this background.
I used the gel plate to paint some color in a grunge-y manner over the raised portions, and added a Ganesha focal using modeling paste with a stencil. I added more texture to the focal with my palette knife over the stenciled area. I again used the gel plate to add some color to the raised portions of the focal, and then used copic markers to fill in the recessed parts.
I stamped some circles on the rest of the background, and added some splatters, which I then diluted using a water spray. Instead of using watercolor pencils for the edges like I always do, I used the gel plate. Can’t say I dislike the effect. I’d intended to write a Ganesha mantra above the focal, but the texture prevented me from doing that, and I left it at that. And that’s my spread, ta-da!
Lately, I haven’t been very happy with the outcome of my art journaling sessions – I just don’t like the way they’ve been turning out, process-wise or outcome-wise. I don’t think this session has turned out amazing, but I do consider it a small patch of sunshine in an otherwise cloudy art journaling spree. I ardently hope that things pick up with this session.
With this spread, I’m joining the following challenges –