Do you get in a creative pattern of always starting your pieces the same way, using the same supplies and color families? I do.
So I decided to pull out my inks and do some dripping - something I don't do too often. I also wanted to doodle with my stencils
Using my favorite black pen, I traced one of the eyes, and then repositioned the stencil to trace the other eye. I traced the leaves at the bottom of the stencil to make the hair. For her centerpiece, I used the 1/2 flower on Ganesha's right shoulder, and then flipped the stencil to create the rest of the flower. I freehanded the nose, mouth and chin.
I took a deep breath and sprayed ink
on the top of the page and let it drip down. I misted with water and dripped some more...
I turned the page sideways and did more spraying and dripping.
I pulled out my Neocolor II crayons (which we used in Dina's class as well and so I was reminded to use them again), and dipped the ones I wanted to use in water. I rubbed my brush on them to get the vibrant color I wanted, and started playing with paint.
Sometimes we need to go a little wild before being tamed!
Look at your stencils in new ways whenever you can. Even I find it hard to remember that this art journal page came from a stencil of an elephant god!