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Lithography 🙂 In my opinion it’s a great technic, and this weekend I’m taking a course to learn how to do it.
I always have been interested in lithography and the most of the artwork I have bought in my life is lithography. Finally I got the chance to try it out myself at the Norske Grafikkers Verksted (Norwegian printmakers Workshop) here in Oslo.
Teacher is the artist Kari Hauge.
We started yesterday night with the preparations for the weekend.
First mission: Find the limestone you want to work on… The stones got different colours and the colours indicate the structure of the stone and it’s hardness.
Second mission: Clean the stone and abrasive it. There are three ways to do this.
1. you use an other stone of the same size
2. you use a handdriven levigator
3. you use an electric levigator

Levigator  Photo by Anny Langer 2015

Handdriven levigator
Photo by Anny Langer 2015

We tried the stone and the handdriven levigator. (Do art and build some muscles…) It’s a bit heavy and you need to find the right motion and rhythm, but it’s actually fun.
You start with pulling water on the stone and then you add grinding powder. You lift the stone or the levigator onto your stone and start to abrasive. The powder have to be evenly spread over the stone. You have to do this for quite a while to remove the former pictures. When you finished to abrasive you measure if the stone is plan.
You also have to abrasive the edges.
After you finished to abrasive the stone, it has to dry. Good for a coffee break. 😉 When the stone is dry you mask the edges with around 2 cm with rubber water and let the rubber dry.

Limestone with masked edges

Limestone with masked edges Photo by Anny Langer

To draw onto the stone you use like litho chalk and litho ink. Lithography drawing materials relate to toner, particularly in that they are oil-based and not water-based. Lithography can have a variety of visual characteristics due to selection of materials that can be used to extract the stone. I choose to use litho chalk pencils. They come in different hardness (nr. 1 is the most soft one, nr. 5 is almost like using a usual pencil).
I did a sketch to with charcoal on a piece of paper and transformed it by putting the drawing onto the stone and stroke a couple of times over it.

Drawing in progress on the limestone Photo by Anny Langer

Drawing in progress on the limestone
Photo by Anny Langer

The stone is very sensitive for oil so when you start to draw it’s a smart think to have a piece of paper under your hand so you don’t get your hand print onto the stone. You draw onto the stone using different drawing materials almost like with every other drawing.

Drawing in progress Photo and Copyright by Anny Langer

Drawing in progress
Photo and Copyright by Anny Langer

Well… That’s what we managed to do on Friday… But it’s only the start of a long process.
Gonna write more another day. Dinner time here now.
Have a great evening everyone!