Cempazuchitl Monoscreen Print

Cempazuchitl is a yellow Marigold symbolizing death and dating back to pre-Columbian times in Mexico. This marigold is widely used in Day of the Dead celebrations today. I find myself intrigued by symbolism and iconography of all kinds (big surprise right?), so when i set out to make a series of prints on symbolism i immediately thought of these sumptuously colored flowers and their ties to the afterlife.

The formal arrangement of figure, flowers and banner present a thoughtful but glowing portrait.

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THE PROCESS

Stenciling

The illustration is drawn out on newsprint and stencils are cut. As always, attention to detail when cutting is important for proper registration. I’ve had a few prints go south on me because i had 1 too many bourbons while up late cutting away.

Here is the brown stencil being cut with my trusty comfort grip handle exacto blade.

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Printing

Marigold Stencil

On top of the patterned and brushed pale buttercream backgrounds, the first stencil our warm yellow. cempazuchitl-print-process-woman-arvizu

Warm Brown Stencil

Here’s a hastily shot brown stencil screen just before it gets power-washed into oblivion.

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Highlight Stencil

Our last stencil is adding more detail and depth to the print…highlights including counter spaces in the P and A.¬†You can see the light yellow ink layered up on top of the brown and orange.

Layered inks and brush work.

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Nothing like adjusting colors WHILE you’re printing. Who am i kidding though, that’s part of the fun.

Brushwork and details of her face. YAY details!

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FINISHED PRINT Number 4, Edition of 7.

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Only 3 prints will be released for sale. This is number 4 of 7.
Layered yellow, marigold and brown. Hand stenciled. 5 – Pull : $159
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