OM SHAKTI NAMAH
OM SHAKTI NAMAH
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OM SHAKTI NAMAH

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I made this piece for myself, so it is not for sale.  However, you can commission me to make something similar.  Email me at Heather@HeatherBurnell.com.

This is a mantra I learned from the meditation app I use (Insight Timer).  It means, "I invoke the Higher Strength in me. I am enough.  I trust the process of my life."  This is beautiful and spoke to me so much that as soon as I heard it, I knew I had to make a piece of art with these words.

I designed the mandala in Photoshop.  Years ago, when I started making art, I was doing something in Photoshop, and my son asked, "Isn't that cheating?" I laughed and said, "I don't think so.  I've put in my Photoshop 10,000 hours." 

Which made me think about the different types of art.  I love mixed media because I can incorporate ANYTHING - that's what mixed media is.  I guess there are people who think it is important to distinguish between "fine" art, digital art, mixed media, etc., but I think it comes down to the saying that the earth without "art" is just "eh."

The story of this piece:

I taught myself how to make the fancy energy swirl letters and LOVE how they turned out.

You can read my blog about making mixed media to learn how I made the other letters and the papers they are printed on.

I used many layers of acrylic paint and gouache (pronounced "gwash").  Gouache is good for making a washed effect.  However, I ended up painting over it with acrylic and ended up primarily using gold and Quinacridone magenta - my favorite paint color. (Quinacridone means that the pigment used is high performance.) I love this combination.

I used a stencil to make the sun, but stenciled over it many times with various shades.  The grey energy swirl in the middle was made with the back end of a paint brush.  The gold circle around the swirl was made with a metallic gold paint pen.