Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Owl Shaman Decalcomania

Softened colors.

The Surrealists used to press paint between panels and pull them apart to get beautiful random patterns (this was called 'decalcomania'). I had the same thing happen with some old stacked photo prints that got wet. They were symmetrically 'book-matched' like wood veneers, but in different colors. I turned them into an 'Owl Shaman' in mid transformation. Below are some of the original damaged photos. They were from New Years hike I took with my friend Kelli. Do you see the owl hiding in the damaged photos?


  1. did no one really comment? because this is owl shaman is beautiful!

  2. hi! this has been on my bookmarks for a long while. i was just wondering, and hoping you'd help me out- were the original pictures (that got wet and "damaged") developed and printed from film? also, is this 1 or 2 pictures, and how were they stuck together? really appreciate your help! x

    1. Kim: yes this was a stack of old school film prints that got wet with red wine. I found them while they were still damp and pull them apart. The print sides were facing each other in the stack. It was like 10 prints or so.

  3. I love it! I'm going to use it as an example for my students of decalcomania, I think they will find it inspirational. Thank you and I will make sure to give you full credit and attach this url.