Ganesha Bookmark: Easy and colorful painting!

Hello and Namaste! Ganesha Chathurthi is just around the corner and today I’m pulling out my watercolors to paint. Let’s create a Ganesha Bookmark or two today together!

Ganesha also spelled Ganesh, also called Ganapati, is the elephant-headed Hindu god who is worshipping widely in India. I’m painting a DIY bookmark today using watercolors.

DIY WAtercolor Ganesha Bookmark

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Paper Pad, Watercolor Watercolor Pan Set Masking Tape | Paint Brushes | A Paper Trimmer or a pair of Scissors


Watch the step-by-step tutorial of these bookmarks and paint along with me on my YouTube Channel: Paint with me! Colorful Watercolor Ganesha Bookmarks


How to paint Ganesha Bookmarks

Step by step photo + video tutorial to create Ganesha Bookmark using any watercolor paint!

Total Time: 20 minutes

1. Trim bookmarks from watercolor paper

Ganesha bookmark drawing

I lightly sketched out my Ganesha design onto watercolor paper first and then trimmed them to bookmark measuring 2 by 7 inches in size.

2. Mask the paper onto a flat surface

Taping down the bookmarks

Using lightly tacky masking tape, tape down the bookmarks to a flat surface. Not only does this allow the bookmarks to dry flat after watercoloring, but it also creates a crisp thin white border around our design!

3. Add color in layers

adding color to your Ganesha Bookmark

Using watercolor cakes or paint of your choice, start adding color to your design. Use little water to blend the colors and wait for your current area to dry before adding more color to adjoining areas. I worked on two bookmarks at once- this gives us small drying times between.

4. Add outline details

Easy Ganesha watercolor

With a fine paintbrush, slowly outline each element of our design with a slow application of color. This defines the design and gives a clean finished look

DIY WAtercolor Ganesha Bookmark


TIPS and More:

I simply love that I was able to create not one but two Ganesha Bookmark at once and how colorful they turned out! This is a great activity for older kids to try and enjoy as well. A great way for them to connect with our culture.

Try making a Ganesha Bookmark with any art supply you might have- acyrlic paints, watercolors, markers or pencils! Anything will work here

You can use any mixed media or watercolor paper you have- even if it is not heavy weight and thicker. Once you have finished painting the Ganesha Bookmark, simply back the bookmark with a few extra layers of thicker cardstock.

Use a pen or fineliner to outline in step 4 is you are a beginner. It is quicker and easier!

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