Of all printmaking techniques lithography is probably the “queen”. Printing on these heavy slabs of stone requires not only patience and knowledge of the printing procedure but also some physical strength. But once you prepared your drawing on the stone, you can print a series and enjoy this special form of art.
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.