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Ganesha | Art Journal

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.

Ganesha | Art Journal | Anita

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 –

613 Avenue Create Aug Challenge: Anything Goes w/Optional: Use Washi
613 Avenue Create Aug Challenge: Anything Goes w/Optional: Use Washi
Arty Divas - Challenge 28 - Anything Goes
Arty Divas – Challenge 28 – Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft Challenge #122 - Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft Challenge #122 – Anything Goes
Corrosive Challenge #8 - Anything Goes
Corrosive Challenge #8 – Anything Goes
Creative Fingers Challenge #191 - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers Challenge #191 – Anything Goes
More Mixed Media Challenge - Anything Goes w/ Optional Brights
More Mixed Media Challenge – Anything Goes w/ Optional Brights
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Grunge It Up
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Grunge It Up
STAMPlorations Summer Challenge
STAMPlorations Summer Challenge

8 thoughts on “Ganesha | Art Journal

    1. Thank you, Ginny! I had a bit of a struggle to make the stenciled part more visible – glad it paid off. 🙂 Since stencil + modeling paste increases the ways one can play with their art, it is something I would definitely recommend!

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  1. Hi Anita! Hope that you and your family had a blessed time celebrating Lord Ganesha’s birthday! I just read a bit about this deity.
    According to Wikipedia, “Ganesha is widely revered as the remover of obstacles”. I believe that we are ourselves one of those obstacles. Dissatisfaction is a good thing… as is the “power of a productive pause” to get us back in track. Just don’t give up!
    Hugs,
    Cris

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    1. Thank you for the peppy comment, Cris! I would’ve prayed to Ganesha to pull me out of this phase but it’d be a waste of a prayer since this is in no way a major obstacle. 😉
      My dissatisfaction is because my other hobbies are on a bit of hiatus too – I would’ve usually switched tracks until my arty mojo was back. Anyway, you’re right – lean phases are a good time to take a step back and figure out one’s purpose again. Things do seem to be better since a few days now. 🙂 Thank you again for your cheery visits.

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