Creative Chronicles : Lithography

Stored on a shelf in the basement are creative works ranging from Grade 8 Art to printed pieces designed years back. Some of the pieces are laughable (a painting of a country music singer or a blueprint of my dream house at age 15) but some of the works are portfolio worthy. With my "Creative Chronicles" series I explore creative work from my past.

Freedom - ©2000 Stephanie Janke
Lithography was a course I really enjoyed in college. It was not very popular most likely due to the time consuming process. In Lithography I created a series of prints that to this day I can still be proud of.

For those that are not familiar, Lithography is a form of printing that uses a stone or a metal plate with a completely smooth surface. There was something rewarding about the process. The amount of physical work it took to prime your stone surface was a process in itself. Before starting the artwork we would load our heavy stone (almost heavier than me) into a sink, apply carborundum grit on top of the stone and use a heavy wheel with water to grind the surface of the stone. We would have to load our smoothed stone onto a trolley to transport it from the sink to our drawing station, and finally to the printing press.

To create an image we would use oil pencils or liquid tusche applied with brushes. Generally in my technique I would scratch out the details and lines. After the drawing was complete we would etch the stone with nitric acid and gum arabic. This process would activate the greasy areas of the stone and make ink attract to those areas when water was applied.  
Click here for a visual step by step of the Stone Lithography process.

Here are my original Lithography prints I created.

Mask - ©2000 Stephanie Janke

Eye - ©2000 Stephanie Janke

Eye - ©2000 Stephanie Janke
Stream of Consciousness - ©2000 Stephanie Janke

2 comments:

Editing Luke January 9, 2011 at 12:17 PM  

Very cool, you should display these instead of hiding them in the basement!

Stephanie Janke January 10, 2011 at 5:52 PM  

Thanks Luke! Now going through some of my art that I have been missing I need to figure out how to blend it all together and make it match my decor...

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