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.
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…
Being inspired by the wild flowers and plants of my macro photography I did these floral woodcut prints.
I really love still lives. This woodcut was done combining some details of my sketches.
I liked some parts of the finished print so much that I also did some smaller prints on gift tags.
I don’t know why but I like some of my travelling pictures so much that I want to turn them into a print. That’s what I did with this picture of Loch Lomond, which was taken during our trip to Scotland. I liked the wild, unspoilt nature there a lot.
I’m quite happy with this woodcut, especially how the two plates and colours mix.
I also printed some of my floral printing plates on Japanese collage paper and gift tags.
It seemed to be a creative day…
Today I printed some of my lino blocks again in this nice blue colour…
It’s quite I while since I started making woodcuts, but I think I’m slowly getting a feel for the material and the process.
Woodcuts leave a different impression than linocuts. I think this is due to the bulkiness of the material and the the fine wooden lines which are often left on the plate when cutting.
I also like to combine two plates to be able to play with different colours…