A walk around “Lake Altaussee”, which is situated in Styria, the green heart of Austria…
Although it won’t be Greece for holiday this summer I’m looking forward to warmer days and therefore did these coloured sketches of ocean life…
There is a beautiful little village at the “Traunsee”, called “Traunkirchen”, which I like to visit all year round.
Although it’s very nice there in summer, when you enjoy the cool breeze from the cold lake, only on a rainy day you will find this kind of mystical atmosphere…
Easter is coming up and so is a small DIY Easter market at a friend’s house.
I like these Easter-themed gift tags and textile prints.
Printing again… This time on fabric!
What I did here was to glue a linoleum plate on a piece of wood and use it like a normal stamp.
I also tried cutting into the woodplate directly but that was pretty hard…
We’ve got quite a lot of small and pretty villages here in Austria.
St.Wolfgang is probably one of the most popular ones with tourists because of its lake view and surrounding gentle hills and mountains.
At this time of the year it’s very quiet there as well…
I am interested in every printmaking technique but lithography always seemed to be the most difficult and complex.
Well, then I found this book about kitchen lithography, which explains how to use the principle of lithography with materials you can find in your kitchen.
I have tried it several times. First it didn’t work out at all. Then I experimented a bit with the material and after I while it finally worked and a picture appeared on the aluminium foil.
The basic principle behind lithography is that water and oil don’t mix.
Normally you draw on a lithography stone but with kitchen litho you use aluminium foil as a printing plate. You can use normal lithography ink or chalk for drawing.
The next step is to rub gum arabic on the foil. I found out that this step is essential to create a drawing in the end.
For etching you use simple coke. You rinse the plate with the coke for some minutes and stop the etching process with water afterwards. After removing the litho ink with vegetable oil, your plate is ready for printing.
For printing I used normal oil colour.
Walking around the “Altausseer See” I took these pictures of the frozen lake and the surrounding forest. It was a sunny, even warm winter day and one could hear the sound of the melting ice of the lake.
I think you can easily see why this beautiful region is under protection…