Decalcomania monoprint with deliberate messiness…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s ancient Egyptian deity, the one sporting a frog’s head, is Kuk or sometimes Kek. His cult centre is Hermopolis Magna and his associations are: primeval and darkness. (Kek-Kuk)
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This morning dear reader, how about one of my decalcomania monoprints, or if you want to be really arty, monotypes?

Untitled decalcomania monoprint. Black acrylic paint and pencil cheating on white drawing paper about 16″ x 12″- 2010.

‘Gosh! What a mess! I do wish you’d keep your room tidy!…’
‘Sorry Mum, but I had Kuk round last, and you know what he’s like, so primeval, hopping about all over the place…’
‘Hm…’

Yes, decalcomania – a form of print making favoured by those tearaway surrealists back in the early 20th. c. This one is the result my own version of the process – if you’d like to know the secret of how it is done, and perhaps try it for yourself, you could look at an old post of mine which explains things. (Click here)
I don’t usually do them in this form, filling the paper so completely like that – it almost has its own frame doesn’t it? Well, not ‘almost’, it does. Compositionally I usually go for some sort of intricate and ‘interesting’ blob in the middle of an empty white ground – a lot less ‘busy’ than this one, more stark and dramatic and er, monumental.
Still, I think this does work quite well.
Goodness me, all that stuff coming down from the ceiling! And look at that wasps’ nest of writhing snakes hanging there! Doesn’t the pencil shading (notice earlier I referred to it as ‘cheating’ – you’re not supposed to add pencil drawing to a fine art print David! It just not done!) give a nice three-dimensional effect – you could reach your fingers in there and wiggle them about amongst the slimy sloppy elements – you’d probably need to wash your hands afterwards though…

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 monoprint with deliberate messiness…

  1. Sharon Mann says:

    I can tell you were having way too much fun here, Dave. Have a happy day ( or evening in your time zone now?).

  2. Ohhhh I love this! Also…art is about the visual experience, so if adding pencil enhances it (which it does), who cares what the rules “say”? P.S Having turned my laptop upside down, I have to say the image is quite intriguing from that perspective too! 🙂

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