Stay Home Art Challenge: Gauguin Transfer Prints 

In the late 1800's and early 1900's Paul Gauguin was experimenting with transfer prints. He would roll out ink onto a flat surface and lay down two pieces of paper on top of the inked surface. He would then draw on the top piece of paper and the ink from the flat surface would transfer the the middle piece of paper giving him a mirror image of his drawing. 

Today's exercise is to replicate a Gauguin's Transfer Drawings with crayons or pastels. You will need, paper, crayons or pastels, tape, a flat smooth surface, pencil or pen, and an image you would like to copy or just your own drawing. Start by taping a piece of paper to the smooth, flat surface. Next color that paper with crayons or pastels. (If you are using crayons, go heavy with your application.) Next, tape another piece of paper on top of the colored piece. (This is the piece of paper that will end up with the print on it.)  Now take out the image you would like to copy, or one of your own drawings and place it on top of the clean sheet of paper. Take a pencil or a pen and start to trace over the image or drawing. If it's a simple image like mine, draw it over and over again to create a pattern. (See my pictures below.) If it's a complex drawing try filling in the areas with other colors. Now you are just like Gauguin, experimenting with color and print techniques!

We would love to see your work. Please send us a picture of your prints through our email at by 7:00pm on Friday, May 29 and we will share your work with our MCAC community. 

6 photo(s) Updated on: May 29, 2020
  • Leo, Age 5
  • Shayna age 4
  • Owen, Age 7
  • Heather Evert
  • Stephanie Hoy
  • Parth
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