How Does Lithography Work?
Read on to find out!
Paint a solution of gum arabic (possibly mixed with a mild acid) onto the plate; this chemical reaction fixes the drawing and ensures that the blank areas repel ink and absorb water. Next, apply a solvent called lithotine to the ink drawing - this will wipe away the ink and leave a faint trace on the plate. To provide a base for the ink, coat the plate with asphaltum (bitumen) and leave it to dry.
Printing workshop with a lithographer and a plate printer - V. Janson
Why Was Lithographic Printing So Impactful?
Sharpener of litho stones - Engelmann & Cie
Man in an apron behind a workbench, busy sharpening a lithograph. Against the wall next to him a print with a scene from La Fontaine's Fables: The Milkmaid and the Milkpot. Possibly from a series of prints.
What Is Offset Lithography?
Famous Artists Who Used Lithography
Henry Fuseli was an artist known for fantastic interpretations of classical themes. This pen and ink lithograph is titled 'Evening Thou Bringest All (Lady at a Window)'. He is best known for his painting, 'The Nightmare', which depicts an evil incubus atop a sleeping woman.
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The Lemonade Press (UK)
St Barnabas Press (UK)
Australian Print Workshop (AU)
Duck Print Fine Art (AU)
Print Workers Barcelona (ES)
Screen Printing (DE)
Hadass Gilboa (DE)
Chicago Printmakers (USA)
Tamarind Institute (USA)
The Encyclopedia of Printmaking Techniques: A unique visual directory of printmaking techniques, with guidance on how to use them (New edition)
Block Printing: Techniques for Linoleum and Wood
Essdee Lino Cutting & Printing Kit (23 Pieces)
The Printmaking Ideas Book (Craft Ideas)
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