Friday, March 19, 2010


I was in Borders bookstore the other night, just browsing and came across an interesting book.  It's called Image Transfer Workshop by McElroy and Wilson  I just had to buy it!  It contains a bunch of different ways to transfer images into your artwork.  
I read most of it that evening.  There was one process that really intrigued me.  The next morning, after a trip to Daniel Smith for some needed supplies, and stopping to get some copies made at Staples, I was all fired up and went up to the studio.

This process is basically a paper plate lithography method.
After saturating the copy with Gum Arabic, you roll ink onto it then wipe it off, and run it through the press.

I'm transferring the image to fabric, by the way!

There first one wasn't very good, it had wrinkles in it.  The wrinkles aren't in the print, the were on the plate, so they transferred to the flat image.  It's an interesting effect, but it's not what I'm after today.
So, from then on I was more careful about adhering the copy to the acrylic plate I was using.  Here are a few of the others I made that day:

I'm really pleased with the results.  My only worry at this point is how long will it take the oil paint to dry!?
I'm planning to try different inks.  I would really like to try Akua.  They are not oil paints, so I don't know if they will even work or not.  But I love their inks and use them with my printmaking.
I'm not really familiar with lithography and don't understand the concept, so it's difficult for me to think beyond the basic instructions in the book and understand why something works and why it doesn't.  You know what I mean?
I've got some very talented and knowledgeable friends online. 
I'll have to pick their brains.

Please leave a comment, I would love to have some opinions. 

1 comment:

  1. You had much better results with that method than I did. I remember trying it years ago and gave up on it. I have printed intaglio using oil based inks on damp canvas. They took about the same length of time to dry as on paper. That was 25 years ago and the print is still vibrant. ;-)