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Gum Arabic Transfer


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Location Leicester Print Workshop
Date & Time Sunday 12th July
10.00am - 4.00pm
Tutor  Emma Gardner

Coronavirus Update: This course has been postponed due to the extended lockdown in Leicester [as of 30th June].

"Another excellent workshop with a superb tutor who offered clear demonstration and lots of patient encouragement." April 2019

A great opportunity to experiment with colour and collage, this technique is also known as 'paper plate lithography' because images are transferred from a photocopy to another surface and the resulting prints have an appealing, painterly quality. In addition, colour, text, drawing and photographs can be added to develop the work. 

Course Structure


  • Introduction to LPW and course
  • What is a Gum Arabic transfer? Principles and process
  • Preparing images
  • Demonstration


  • Self-directed and hands on practice
  • Clear up and evaluation completion

    About the Tutor

    Emma Gardner is an artist, printmaker and educator. She creates original artwork using collage, photography and printmaking processes.

    Emma’s practice is shaped by her response to places, questioning ideas of space, concealment and transition through printmaking. Her works often evoke a sense of stillness and silence within ambiguous spaces.

    Emma studied Fine Art at De Montfort University, Leicester. After graduating in 2012 she joined Leicester Print workshop to help facilitate her practice and was awarded Artist in Residence in 2015. Emma is currently teaches a diverse range of printing techniques at LPW. She exhibits nationally and internationally and has a wealth of experience working on creative projects with community groups, schools, museums and galleries. Alongside her practice Emma works as a Learning Officer at Compton Verney Art gallery and Park, where she pursues her passion for learning outside the classroom.

    Leicester Print Workshop 

    Leicester Print Workshop is the regional development centre for printmaking. Established by artists in 1986, we are a registered charity, supported by Arts Council England. Our RIBA award-winning building is situated in Leicester City Centre's Cultural Quarter and is home to a large, well equipped open access Printmaking Studio.

    We have over 30 years’ experience of teaching people printmaking. Our programme offers the largest number and broadest range of printmaking courses in the region, with courses suitable for beginners as well as experienced printmakers, delivered by practicing artists and nationally renowned tutors. Participants learn in small and friendly groups in our purpose-designed studio.


    Online: You can book online here by credit / debit card or Paypal.

    Telephone: You can pay by card over the phone during our opening hours (Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm). Call us on 0116 251 4174.

    In person: Call in to Leicester Print Workshop during our opening hours (Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm) to book and pay by card, cash or cheque.

    Pre-course information: We will send you details of how to find us and what to bring with you when we process your booking. 


    Full-Print Members of Leicester Print Workshop are entitled to a 10% discount on our inhouse courses. Interested in joining LPW as a member? Click here for more information.