Printing Without a Press: Lemon Etch Litho Workshop
This one-day workshop will introduce the basic principles of lithography, using aluminum foil, gum Arabic and lemon juice. Developed during the past few years, Lemon Etch Litho is a method of using simple materials to produce small, beautifully tonal lithographs with or without a press. Based on Kitchen Litho, this method pushes the tonal capabilities of the process closer to traditional stone and plate litho.
Litho is often considered a complex and challenging medium, requiring a wide range of materials and equipment. This method shifts that concept around, using easily accessible materials. We will create an image from start to finish, including processing and printing a small set of prints onto thin Asian-style papers. We will also introduce methods of adhering our images onto backing sheets (chine collé)!
No prior printmaking experience necessary. All materials are included. Please bring an apron. If you do not have one, we will have Umbrella aprons available for purchase!
Fee: $190 (includes $15 materials fee per person)
Instructor will bring:
Litho drawing materials: litho pencils, crayons, tusche
#80 or #150 sandpaper
Plexi sheets (1 for each student; plus for inking slabs)
Bone folders or small squeegees for students to use
Talc or flour
1 – 4” soft Speedball brayer per student. (I can provide about 6)
Tables for working (each student will need about a 3’ work area)
Cheap vegetable oil for clean up
Soap and water for final clean up
2 bowls or containers (per 2 students)
2 piece of plexi, approx. 9 x 12” for image plate (if they wish to continue at home)
1 – 2 plain cellulose sponges (not natural ones)
Gloves (for clean up: disposable or equivalent of dishwashing gloves)
Shop Towels (either a roll or a box; can get at any hardware store)
Thin Asian-style papers. (Yasutomo Japanese Sketch Pad, 12 x 18” works well; or other Kozo or mulberry papers)
Small container with lid for storing gum in refrigerator
Apron or work shirt
Image info: Wrapped I, 5.1 x 5.6”, Paper size: 7.25 x 8”