9th October 2010

I have just returned from a week in Oslo where I have been working at a printmaking workshop; Grafikksenteret. I have been learning how to make lithography, it’s been an educational, intense and exciting week! I have now started on my 2 very first lithographs, and will return to Oslo to finish these in a weeks time. I will post photos of the finished prints when they are ready.

Lithography is a technique based on the mutual repulsion of oil and water. You print from a flat limestone, the artist makes a drawing on the stone with greasy crayons, and then washes it with water. When ink is applied it sticks to the greasy drawing but runs off (or is resisted by) the wet surface allowing a print — a lithograph — to be made of the drawing. The artist then covers the plate with a sheet of paper and runs both through a press. For color lithography separate drawings are made for each colour.

See more about Grafikksenteret here

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