Process

ArtSelves: Daniele Ryvlin Spellman
Artselves.com
I use a number of printmaking techniques throughout my work. Each print is one of a kind typically combining monotype, Xerox lithography, chine collé and at times, pencil work. I start with the backgrounds using monotype techniques before transferring the photographic images. This order can be reversed and done one layer at a time for each image transfer.

Using a gum transfer method, (also known as Xerox lithography), the photo images are transferred and as noted above this process is repeated a number of times which gives the final print depth and a painterly quality.

01 Studio and Etching Press
02 Setting Pressure
03 Mixing Inks
04 Roll-up Oil-Based Inks
05 Inking Image
06 Placing Plate on Press Bed
07 Removing Print
08 The Finished Product
01

- Studio and Etching Press

02

- Setting Pressure

03

- Mixing Inks

04

- Roll-up Oil-Based Inks

05

- Inking Image

06

- Placing Plate on Press Bed

07

- Removing Print

08

- The Finished Product

Gum transfer process requires rubbing gum arabic into the toner of a xerox photo- copy, and then rolling up the photo image using oil-based etching inks with a brayer. The ink sticks to the toner but washes away from the white areas with water.  Using an etching press, the image is added to the print.

To create a series, I often use the same set of photographic images that typically define the theme I am working with. However, no two prints will ever be exactly the same. Each print is an original, stand-alone piece. The same applies to commissioned art pieces.