Bookbinding is a beautiful process. I did these small notebooks and albums using my handprinted paper.
What I like about them is that every single piece is unique in its print and colour combination.
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.
Printing has become a kind of obsession lately so I thought why not use this creative energy and make some nice DIY Christmas presents using my printing plates?
I got this nice sketchbook made out of handmade paper and printed on the front and back of the book. The first print was done with blue, the second with white linocut colour.
The structure of the handmade paper creates these unexpected forms…
The book is going to be a present for an art teacher.
We’ve just come back from our Interrail journey through Europe which took us to six different countries altogether-Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Poland. Here are some sketches I did on the way: