I´m currently doing a printmaking workshop in a papermaking museum. These are some monotype prints, done with oil-based inks and a printing press. Tomorrow we will do lithography which I haven´t done for ages. I´m really curious about the results…
For the last three days I took part in a collage workshop.
We were asked to do collages about our future hopes and dreams, using a variety of materials such as pieces of old magazines, handmade paper, chalks, charcoal, acrylics or ink.
I found the process of creating the collages extremely inspiring and also much fun.
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.