The Joys of Decalcomania…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s dictionary words are: accrescent, accourt, accloy, accasiaccatura, acates, accoy and butter-bump. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning. Should the professor bring his hurdy-gurdy and practise on it for the duration of the lesson, you must not allow this to distract you from your studies.

I don’t really get much of a readership of these pages I trot out every day, but one post of mine has been gratifyingly popular – it’s the one I did ages ago explaining my particular way of doing decalcomania monoprints. (click) It’s great to share information isn’t it? It’s no good being petty and secretive about one’s methods of working. I do like the idea that odd people in various parts of this jumping green sphere are happily knocking out interesting prints a little bit like mine…

Here is one from 2010. It’s on white drawing paper about 16″ x 12″, using in black acrylic paint with subsequent pencil ‘shading’. The straight edges top and bottom were done by putting strips of masking tape on the glass before blobbing the paint on – is ‘blobbing’ a word? It must be, it didn’t light up red with my spell-checker.
What do you make of this image? For me it might suggest a Greek column complete with a nice capital and base, but as you see, it is heavily weathered, its smooth round entasisly-correct sides have long rotted away. (Entasis is definitely a real word, but I’m not so sure about ‘entasisly’. Still, I’ll leave it in – devil-may-care sort of chap that I am…)
‘No, please every one, don’t get too close! It could all come crashing down any second – see how it’s pretty stringy and thin in the middle of the shaft, it would only take a knock, or some idiot leaning against… Madam! Please get your yowling feral little boy away from the… There! Now see what he’s done! We will be taking you to court over this!… Now, where’s the bloody security chap when you need him? Damn! it’s his lunch hour, he’ll be in the pub… Jimmy! Run round to the Star and Garter and get Barry would you? Tell him we have a crumbling edifice situation in progress.’

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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2 Responses to The Joys of Decalcomania…

  1. Rebecca says:

    It’s luscious. I particularly like the mossy effects on the top and bottom… 🙂

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