Today we spent a couple of hours doing our first experiments with the Kitchen Litho technique. Its all well and good reading up accounts of how its done but nothing beats having a go. Blog posts that either elaborated on Emilie’s methods (sandpaper (!) and vinegar ?) , or reported failures, meant that we were beginning to approach our workshop day with a little trepidation. All this was quickly dispelled once we got our hands dirty.
The basic “kitchen” requirements include : Aluminium cooking foil, a glass chopping board, sponges, a bottle of Cola , plenty of kitchen paper and a handheld plastic spray bottle. These were supplemented in our experiments today with a thin sheet of plastic, a pack of Korns soft Lithographic crayons, oil based lithographic ink, an ink roller, blotting paper and a small etching press!
1 Wrap aluminium foil around a thin sheet of wet plastic, matt side out
2 Mark the aluminum foil with a Korns Litho Crayon ( Soft No. 1)
3 Spray the aluminium foil plate with Cola
4 Rinse off Cola with a wet sponge
5 Wipe dry with kitchen roll then pour on a little vegetable oil
6 Use the vegetable oil and a sponge to wipe off the Litho Crayon
7 Wipe off oil with a damp sponge leaving a clean aluminium plate
8 Roll out the Litho ink on the glass chopping board
9 Use a clean sponge to wet the surface of the foil then roll on a thin layer of ink
10 Wipe off excess ink using a sponge
11 Repeat wetting, inking and wiping to leave a well inked plate
12 Place on press, register paper then cover with damp paper, dry newsprint, thin acrylic sheet then thick etching blanket
13 Pass through press with pressure similar to that which you might use for intaglio
14 Remove print and dry flat between blotting paper
15 return to stage 9 for subsequent prints
So the first attempt was successful but lots to learn and improve on. We had read that Litho crayon was the easiest mark making method and there are lots of alternatives to explore. The aluminium foil is also quite fragile so we would like to explore a source for a slightly thicker and stronger one.
with thanks to Emilie Aizier . Emilie’s website