Decalcomania explodes…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s silly name for a London Tube Station is… Fairlop. (F.T.S.)

DSCN3191Decalcomania: Acrylic paint on drawing paper, about 16″ x 12″, 2013.

Aha! Another decalcomania monoprint… or monotype… I think I prefer the word ‘monotype’ really, it makes it sound much cleverer… ‘monoprint’ sounds like the sort of thing young kids do at school messing about with half potatoes and splashy poster paint – do they still do that in schools now? I don’t know… and I don’t really care… I seem to remember having to do such things in my early childhood…
‘Be quiet everybody… and that does mean you Samantha!… This morning, we are all going to do some printing!… Yes, printing… isn’t that exiting?… Jimmy stop chattering, and Jayne why are you always yawning?…’
Printing! Wow that sounds great!… I’d always been fascinated by the idea of printing – it seemed like some form of magic – the wonderful sharp black lettering perfectly lined up in books and magazines, little advertising pictures in newspapers that were obviously drawings, but were printed, and there were lots of copies of them… always the same – how did they do that?… Yes, printing… I couldn’t wait to get started… Then the teacher handed around the half potatoes and a special little blunt knife to cut into them with… Oh, what a disappointment…
‘Come on David… and don’t look so glum – you’ll soon get the hang of it… See… your prints are really very nice… Oh… you have orange paint on your pullover – go and get it washed off before it dries…’ (P.P.)

For more information on decalcomania monotypes and how you could try doing some yourself, you could have a look at an earlier post of mine on the subject. (Decalcomania)


About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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