Layered vinyl images
The process is very similar to creating individual color screens in printmaking except each color (screen) is now cut from vinyl sheet and the unwanted parts (previously the blocked areas) “weeded” from the rest before very carefully layering each cut sheet on top of a previously one. This is achieved, lightest to darkest, using a transfer process which removes the cut vinyl shapes from their backing sheets to a base material which can be illustration board for framed work behind glass, or alternatively, a wood panel or plastic substrate for non-framed work. Accurate registration of each layer is critical so each portrait is limited to 4 or 5 color tones for best effect. Considerable care has to be taken during the transfer process to avoid trapping air bubbles between the layers. Every image is a one-off original.