Decalcomania! Decalcomania!…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s weather will feature tetrahedron shaped hailstones, round clouds that have the face of Donald Trump, birds hiding in low shrubs, strong gusts that smell of salt, and the sun setting in grey monochrome.
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Gosh, it seems ages since I showed you one of my decalcomania monoprints – here’s one, it is on nice white drawing paper and it is about 16″ x 12″ in size.
Decalcomania is a form of printing which relies heavily on serendipity and chance in the forming of the image. A while ago I published a post explaining how I make these prints; decalcomania is reasonably cheap and easy to do and the resulting print can be very pleasing, mind you, you must be open to ripping up and throwing a few of the ‘bad’ ones away. You could have a look at my little piece by clicking here.

So, what do you reckon this one is all about dear reader? Could this be a rock, a piece of coal, or a jacket potato that’s been left in the oven far too long?
Of course those ragged vertical white stripes didn’t come about by chance – that effect was achieved by ripping some pieces of masking tape along their length and sticking them on the glass plate (see my ‘how to do it’ page mentioned above) before blathering the black paint on and scraping it about; it does produce a nice three-dimensional effect doesn’t it?
I think we’d better just say that this piece is ‘abstract’ – it’s a very ‘loaded’ word is ‘abstract’. It’s a word that you might overhear whispered in a quiet art gallery on a wet Tuesday afternoon…

‘Well Beryl, I really don’t know what to make of this… What the hell is it supposed to be?’
‘What’s it say on that card on the wall next to it?’
‘Now, where did I put my glasses? Ah, here we are… Oh, it seems to be in French, I don’t really see why they…’
‘Oh Tommy, I don’t think it is supposed to be anything anyway – it’ll be abstract…’
‘Abstract!… Yes of course… Do you like it Beryl?’
‘I can take it or leave it…’
‘Same here – oh, look, there’s the gallery cafe over there…’

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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4 Responses to Decalcomania! Decalcomania!…

  1. Oh what is a gallery without the cafe! Nice decalcomania. Must try that again myself, its been a while. 🙂

  2. memadtwo says:

    Why do I see a duck?

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