Exhibition Previews

Attended the exhibition previews of Liam Spencer and Prospect Printmakers on Saturday 21st April at The Whitaker, Rawtenstall.

Some amazing work on show from Liam Spencer’s landscape paintings depicting Rossendale and the Whitaker archive and also Alan Birch’s Prospect Printmakers group which displayed 20 Pennine themed prints from the regulars to Alan’s printmaking workshops including my own collagraph print depicting drystone walls.

All prints are for sale. See poster in blog post for further details.

Matte Medium Transfer Printing

  1. Create a Gelli print using acrylic paints, acrylic paper, plastic stencils and a latex Gelli printing block.
  2. Find and print off a black and white image using a laser copier or printer.
  3. Before you print off the laser image, ensure you create a reverse version of the image. This is crucial if there is text in the image so it does not print out in reverse!
  4. Once Gelli print is dry, apply Matte Medium to both the surface of the Gelli print and the laser printed image (face up).
  5. Apply the laser printed image sticky side down.
  6. Using a printing roller, run over the transfer to apply to the Matte Medium print a few times to the Gelli print.
  7. Remove any air bubbles using a plastic card such as an old loyalty or credit card.
  8. Allow print to dry fully overnight in a warm place.
  9. Remove just the white paper from the laser print transfer using warm water, earbuds and a sponge. Remember to soak the whole paper containing the image throughly before removing paper.
  10. Remove the paper carefully so as not to remove the laser print transfer. You will probably have to remove a small number of layers before the print can been seen on the Gelli print
  11. Once all excess paper is removed, leave to dry out throughly.
  12. Finally, varnish the print using acrylic varnish.