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Monoprint w/ Ink Transfer and Pastel

Image Size 17" x 21"
Plate Imprint Size 20" x 27.5"
Paper Size 22" x 30"

Part of the print album 'MiscPrints'

This piece began with experimenting on a bigger acrylic plate and a colorful edge prepared for another project. I was interested in juxtaposing two colors in a Rothko style fashion - but, as often, I didn't stop there :) The upper right hand corner had a figure buried in there, so I needed to bring it out. And there was another one shaping up in the lower left corner. Once I had the prancing female and the shape reminding me of a stylized frog, it took off.

An involved, multi-layered process insued, with one of the next steps involving a handcut template spelling out the word "Frog" (which makes a reappearance in my piece "FrogNoMore", also featured in my shop) in green.
Down the time tunnel I went, reminiscing about my childhood in Germany and Grimm's fairy tales, remembering "Der Froschkoenig" along the way, a story we all know. I felt compelled to look for the original text in German and re-read it. I copied some of the text, altered the font, put it through Photoshop onto transfer paper and transferred bits and pieces of the story into the print.
Intriguingly enough I found in that rendition of the original tale the princess was not kissing the frog to turn him into a prince - rather, the frog attempted to climb into the princess's bed. She threw him at her bedroom wall in disgust, whereupon he burst into pieces and turned into the prince. Interesting, to say the least.
Now you see the busted shell hovering over the reclining woman?

The bit of text aligned near the princess on the right side of the print reads: "...In the olden days, when making wishes was still helpful..." Love that. Great story.
At the end of the story the prince takes a ride in a horse drawn carriage and hears a sound of breaking metal. He announces that what we hear is not the carriage breaking, but his heart bursting free from the iron rings around it that imprisoned it.

Very pre-Freudian in a way, no?
Someday my prints will come ;)

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OOAK Contemporary Mixed Media Monoprint : The Frog Princess

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: Akua Kolor, Waterbased Inks, BFK Rives Printmaking Paper, Hand cut Paper Templates, Acrylic Plates, Etching Press, Fabric Doily, Giftwrapping Ribbon, Corrugated Card Board, Pastel, drawing needle, Ink Transfer Mylar, pencil
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