Gum Arabic Transfer Technique

June 2019

This month it was decided that we should revisit the technique of Gum Arabic transfer . And, after following the Sue Brown instruction sheet our efforts improved – so much so that there waa a view that we should buy some more inks and gum arabic!

Corinne’s samples

Isobelle’s samples

Keris’ work

Monica’s work

And, Isobelle found time to do some breakdown printing


Today we explored the art of transferring images using Gum Arabic and Karen, who very kindly offered to demonstrate the technique made it look so…… simple. So what could possibly go wrong?

Well, from Monica’s view – quite a lot really. Initial images turned out as great blobs of red paint! However, after moving from oil paint to printing ink and using a different bottle of gum arabic it was more successful.

A poor workman always blaims his tools so they say!

Isobelle persevered with the oil paints and a different gum arabic and produced some good clear images, including a promising overlaid image which she was rather pleased with.

Corinne also produced some pleasing images and found that she could get 3 prints from one painted photocopy

And, Karen produced a number of successful images that she would be able to work with later

A rather enjoyable day all round with the general principles under the belt and room for more exploration in the future!