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Bleeding Money #2
FINAL: Bleeding Money#2 Cornelia Jolitz
The background decal of this painting was made at the same time as #1, with the same Baltic Green one color decal print.
This time I managed to etch out a high contrast that really worked for the George Washington portrait, the process of laying down the wash layers was a lot quicker and decisive.
After the simple white washes, the charcoal outlines define the sillhouette. Applying clear water on the unfixed charcoal blends into smooth shadows and makes dark drips. A rough layer of white completes the face and surrounding, and the final finish is a layer of Bright Yellow Green.
"Bleeding Money#1" in progress
"Bleeding Money #1" Step 2&3
Unfortunately, I have been too busy to continue my Emotion series or the decalcomania studies until now since I was burried in my regular design art work. But now - finally - the continuation of at least one of my projects!
After a bit muddy results with using four colors at a time, this time, I stuck with just one color to make the decal pattern and I have to say it made a lot of difference. A lot more shapes are visible and the eye starts to sort out levels of foreground to background possibilities all on its own. To keep it interesting, I dampened part of the paper with green tea before the print. It made some of the paint fade and run like a watercolor wash.
After adding a few darker washes, the 'horizon' line, foreground liquid and drip/torrents become more pronounced (Step2) - although I have to be carful not to cover up the initial pattern too much. The final wash is dark avocado green (Step3).
Next step is apure white 'decal' and highlight layer to get more contrast. And finally, the etching lines and details are added with pencil strokes (FINAL).
If you have any experience with this technique, and/or photos of paintings using similar themes or techniques - I would love to hear from you!
Untitled - Oscar Dominguez(1936)
'Decalcomania' was a technique popular with Surrealist painters like Oscar Dominguez, Max Ernst and others. The word is derrived from French 'decalquer' (to transfer or to copy by tracing) and was first used to transfer prints or engravings at the end of the 18th century.
In painting, a non-absorbent surface (such as glass, metal or coated paper) is partially covered with ink, gouache or other paint. Then the paper (or canvas) is pressed against the surface, which creates intricate, lacy patterns.
The Surrealist painters picked up the technique and used it in a similarly way to the "Rohrschach" inkblot tests as painting "with no preconceived object" in mind, as Dominguez put it.
Fascinated by everything subconscious and spontaneous (Freud, Jung, were being absorbed into the mainstream culture), they used the patterns created by the printed decal as ispiration from free visual association.
Europe after the Rain - Max Ernst
I started to research background and techniques of Surrealism in more detail over the last couple of months - and it seems like a good approach to some difficulties I have come across lately: It is a great way to overcome the 'fear of the blank canvas' if used as a starting point to get going. And for anybody suffering from inspirational doldrums, it might also be good technique to make a fresh start. You can always add to, cover and change the pattern as much as you like. Once I get going with a painting, it does in a way seem to paint itself!
"No Eye in Team" Cornelia Jolitz
So, this is my first try with this technique. I was feeling ambitious and tried to combine 4 colors in the same decal, but I think next time I'll stick to a more subtle hue and start with only one or two colors. The lack of contrast left me with not much to go on to make visual associations.
I added the black lacing and eyes with black permanent marker and paintend some background over with white.
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