Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Lord Ganesha Stamped Tags with Gelli Printing

Happy New Year!

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I was having a hard time coming up with a title for this post as I carved the stamp, Gelli printed the paper, then the tags and collaged it all together in a decidedly mixed media fashion. To encompass all that the title would have been a mile long:

"Mixed-media mono-printed paper and tags featuring hand-carved Lord Ganesha stamp and Ohm"

That's a mouthful!

Here's the stamp I carved, tested on some gelli-printed tags. I'm obsessed with my Gelli Plate if you haven't noticed from my last post with the Collage Girls.

So, you might be thinking,

This weird girl carved an elephant doing yoga...huh?

Lord Ganesha is a favorite deity of mine. He's the Hindu lord of success and destroyer of evils and obstacles - god of education, knowledge, wisdom and wealth - destroyer of vanity, selfishness and pride.

Did you catch that, he's the destroyer of obstacles. And I can't think of a better concept as we head into 2013 because seriously I've had about enough obstacles for one lifetime.

Whenever I read about him though I always wonder if the implication is that our worst obstacles are vanity, selfishness and pride and most of our troubles stem from that.  Add poor health and I agree wholeheartedly.

My technique here was after I mono-printed a bunch of typing paper and manilla tags, I stamped Ganesha on the tags in Staz-on. I also stamped him on the printed paper. 

Then, I cut out the main body of Ganesh from the papers and Mod Podged them onto the stamped spot on the tag. It created depth as the lines around him are on the tag below.

After that I added a little color around the image with Caran D'ache Neo colors IIs, some punchinella stenciling and of course flicked a little red paint around. I finished the tags with torn paint rag ribbon and a green bone bead. 

I'm in lurve with these. They make me smile every time I see them.

Linked up for the Gelli Print Party at A Colorful Journey

Thanks so much for visiting :-)



Maggie said...

These are wonderful tags! I can see why Ganesha is your favorite deity. I love the hand carved stamp and all the beautiful layers.

I hope you'll stop back to Inspiration Avenue in the next day or so. We're having a Tag Swap, and hope you'll join in!


Craftymoose Crafts said...

Lovely tags--I can tell you put your heart into creating them. Excellent stamp carving, too!

Unknown said...

Thank you for sharing .. They are lovely

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the visit and your sweet comments. Love Ganesha, look loviningly at my gashesha every day and your stamp is amazing! Here's to your obstacles flying away in 2013. xox

Anonymous said...

Very original. Great stamp carving!

Carolyn Dube said...

No wonder you love them! They are amazing! I did not know that Ganesha was a destroyer of obstacles- there is great significance in your tags! So glad you joined the Gelli party!

Unknown said...

I really love your Ganesha - very unlike any I've seen. And your tags are gorgeous. May all your obstacles transform into lessons and opportunities. namaste!

Gloria j Zucaro said...

These are so amazing in color and design! I love your very excellent stamp carving.

Kim Collister Studio said...

Perfectly lovely and beautifully created! You are taqgged for the tag swap, I hope you join!


Linda Kunsman said...

Love your hand carved posing Ganesha. Your tags are fabulous!!

Teddi said...

wow! the end. ;)

Lou Anne Hazel said...

I really love these tags! The hand carved stamp and layering makes them extra special.

Unknown said...

Gorgeous work!

Laurence Martin said...

Very cool stamp and color effects!

The Journal Junkie said...

I love your hand carved stamp! Looks great with a gel print background!

;-> Felicia
The Journal Junkie