Sketches of Maritime Life

Although it won’t be Greece for holiday this summer I’m looking forward to warmer days and therefore did these coloured sketches of ocean life…

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.

 

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…

 

Ink Drawings

These drawings were done quickly with black drawing ink in a small sketchbook.
Often the sketches done without much effort are sometimes the ones which are most interesting…

 

 

Sketches of Nature

I haven’t had much time for art recently but I did have some time to do these small sketches of the plants and objects on my terrace.

They were done quickly and without taking much effort but I like them somehow…

Small Pencil Drawings

It’s been quite a while since I last found the time to do some creative work because I’ve been teaching a lot of courses recently.

Nevertheless, here are some small drawings of little everyday objects and plants.

I made them using graphite and colour pencils.

I like to use a kneaded eraser to remove parts of the drawing before going over the part with colour pencils again.

Small Sketches on Postcards

Today I made these small sketches of everyday objects on collaged paper in postcard format. When I have time, I want to make a whole series of such small still lives…

Drawings of Prague

I made some drawings of the sights we saw in Prague.

First I made a quick pencil sketch from the picture. Then I drew over it with a black fineliner and coloured some of the details with watercolours.

I am thinking about turning these sketches into linocut prints…