Today’s Schedule;

9-11= Lithograph printing with Jane in the etching workshop

11-11.30= Break

11.30-3= Lithograph printing with Jane in the etching workshop

3-4= Break

4-6= Working on matchstick staircase piece



Stone Lithograph Printing-

Here are photographs I took when I was learning how to do a stone lithograph print. My work this year is based around the concept of using materials that reflect the materials and textures of the building I am researching. After seeing these stone pieces in the workshop, I was intrigued to know more about the technique.

The process-

  • Select a piece of sandstone (originally from Munich) to work with, thinking about the size of your image in relation to the size of the stone
  • Grind down the stone using carborundum grit. There are two sizes of the grit, one fine grit and the other is a medium grit. Begin with the largest grit (medium) and use the levigator to sand the stone down. Wash off the grit with water and repeat this twice more with the fine grit
  • The sandstone is now ready to work on. Use the oily ink to paint or draw on your image. Bear in mind that drawing the image onto the stone is harder than doing any other print because the more contact is made with the stone, the more likely it is that you will get greasy marks that will show up on your print. If you need to lean on the stone, put a piece of paper under your hand to prevent marks getting on to your stone
  • Next wait for the stone with the image on to dry
  • Use some chalk to dust over the dry image in order to protect it
  • Apply a layer of gum Arabic mixed with acid, and leave it for a minimum of 30 minutes. At this stage, you can leave the print and come back to it to print whenever you want to
  • After waiting 30 minutes or more, wipe off the gum arabic and acid with water and allow to dry
  • Apply a layer of turps and dry
  • Apply a thin layer of gum arabic and allow to dry
  • To print, make sure you have a bucket of clean water and a sponge, your ink roller inked up and ready, paper to print on, a hair dryer and your press set to the right pressure
  • wet the surface of the stone and apply the ink. Quickly after wipe the stone with the wet sponge. Repeat until the whole stone is inked up and dry it as quickly as possible with the hair dryer. If you leave the stone, the ink will start to bleed and the image will become unclear
  • Print your image. Use newsprint for the first couple of prints because it takes a couple of prints for the ink to have built up enough for the print to be even and clear
  • You can make around 10 prints per stone
  • Once you are finished, make sure everything is cleaned with white spirit (use gloves and a cloth) and grind your stone down for the next person

Matchstick staircase-


Using smaller, thinner matchsticks is proving to be a lot more difficult that my previous staircase which was made out of extra large, thicker matchsticks. Also, this year I want to sand down the sides of the wood so that each piece sits better on to the matchsticks. Last year, my matchstick piece broke because it was very uneven and crooked