The Ganesh Stencil from Stencil Girl Products depicts one of the most playful, fun deities in the Hindu Pantheon. He is the son of Lord Shiva and the Goddess Parvati. He is depicted with an elephant head, which symbolizes the soul or the ultimate supreme reality of human existence, and a huge, pot-bellied human body, which symbolizes our earthly existence. In short, he symbolizes the duality of human nature - our ability to connect with our divine essence, while being tethered to this earth. He is the remover of obstacles and is also worshiped as the god of education, knowledge, wisdom and wealth. (Although there are different deities in Hinduism, they are all aspects of the one great, unknowable, creator - Brahman.) Everything he is holding and sitting on is symbolic, and you can read more about it here!
Here's a chant about Ganesh, if you'd like to listen to it while reading this post!
One of the first projects I created with this stencil was a T-Shirt for my husband - who certainly removes lots of obstacles in my life!
I placed a cutting mat under his shirt and then placed the stencil on top.
I cut a cosmetic sponge into small pieces, and used acrylic paint to stencil through it.
I used words from Carolyn Dube's Words to Live By stencil to add the phrase: Be Bold, Be You! I then heat set it by putting it in the dryer on the hottest setting for 20 minutes. Even after several washings, the color stayed strong!
To use up some of the extra paint, I started stenciling just some of the components from the Ganesh Stencil into my art journal. They reminded me of butterflies.
So I went with it. I think the Ganesh stencil made lovely butterflies!
I wanted an entire Ganesh in my art journal. So I took a page in which I had brayered off paint from my gelli plate, and stenciled the entire figure. Then I surrounded it with black so the elements would pop out.
Some more detailing, and there he sits, beaming wisdom out to me.
I hope this post gives you some inspiration to try the Ganesh Stencil!
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