Idyllic Austrian Village

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…

 

Kitchen Lithography

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.

 

World Heritage Region

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…

 

Drypoint Printing

I haven’t been able to do intaglio printing since I left university because I didn’t have a printing press at home. Well, those days are over now!

I got myself a very small printing press which works quite well, at least for small size prints. So these are my first attempts at intaglio printing using acrylic glass as printing plates and washable printing colour. I find this technique so intriguing…

 

A Quiet Time of the Year

The most quiet time of the year has finally arrived…

I wish you all a peaceful time and a good start into the new year!

Frozen Beauty

I have been strolling through town today with my camera and took these pictures of the frozen beauty. Even the colour palette looks cold…

Mystical Late Autumn Landscape

I haven’t been blogging for ages. The reason is that I took on a new job. Besides teaching languages, I’m also teaching art at a secondary school, which means a lot of fun and creative ideas but also some challenge since I’m quite new to teaching this subject.

Before I went to school yesterday I took these pictures of the nearby `Hallstättersee´, a place well known for its famous town Hallstatt and surrounding high mountains.

At this time of the year it’s not very busy there but the place still conveys its mystical, wild beauty.

Wonderful Greece

This summer we have been travelling wonderful Greece. Life is so much slower and easier there, especially on the small Greek islands.

For art lovers this is the perfect place. Everywhere you find the remains of classic antiquity next to byzantine churches as well as modern day street art like in Athens.