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Kitchen Litho How To

Hello, in a previous post I talked about how excitied I was to finally try Kitchen Litho as it is known. Here is my attempt at a how to on the process. It is not a very hard proccess at all , or even that long winded, and I am sure you could have a go and have loads of fun with it !

I originally found this process in a copy of Printmaking Today,  back in 2012 written by a lady called Emilie Aizier-Brouard. 

 

Step 1: Gather STUFF!

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  • Cola (fresh is better )
  • Aluminium foil (the stronger the better )
  • tape ( parcel is better )
  • clean damp sponge (the wetter the better !!… er, no, wet but not dripping is best)
  • a plastic or metal sheet to wrap foil around
  • thick oil based ink and roller
  • a plastic tub to hold you bath of cola. (not shown here )
  • Paper to print on , and blotting paper if using soaked paper
  • Drawing materials:  softest graphite, anything oily to make a mark with , permenant markers, biros. (plenty of chance to experiment here )

 

Step 2: Preparing your plate ( fiddliest bit)

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You will be drawing on the mat side of the foil, BUT BE CAREFUL NOT TO TOUCH IT WITH YOUR BEAR HANDS !  Any hint of grease will show in your final print ( see my print below *sigh*), wear disposable gloves to be sure, I did not have any to hand….

Take your plate , I used an old bit of perspex to wrap my foil around.  Cut the foil larger than your plate . then with mat side out ( make sureit is resting on something clean and grease free) wrap your sheet.

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Here is the back side of my wrapped and stuck plate. Parcel tape is good, as it is water resitant and thin . Make sure that there are not any gaps or holes where cola can get underneath your foil otherwise it will get messy! Cola squirting out when you least expect it …

I used clean( ish ) tissue paper to work on to help keep the plate grease free.

 

Step 3 : Drawing on the plate

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I chose a picture that I thought would suit the sketchy line style that this printing process is best at.

I kept to a simple selection of drawing materials, soft grapihte pencil ( 8B or 9B is  best) and a graphite stick, again soft.

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You have to keep your hand from touching the suface as you draw. I like this as it keeps you from spending too long on the drawing . From my brief foray into this process the print quality is lovely but leans towards the informal. It would be hard to make it very clean and precise. I might be wrong and would love to know  what other people are doing with the process.

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Finished drawing

Step 4: Sensitizing the plate

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Pour your fresh cola into a plastic tub, enough to submerge your plate, and leave for 5 seconds and then go and rinse with clean water. Simple as that !!

IF I had used other drawing tools, such as oil pastels,  and was going to try to print in another colour other than black, I would now have to wash off the drawn marks after sensitizing the plate.  To do this you pour a little oil ( such as rapeseed) on the plate and wipe it off quickly and gently with a soft cloth, you should see a phantom image apear . then wipe over with a clean damp sponge .  If you left marks on the plate which left a residue,  when you tried to ink it up it would clog.

The phosphoric acid and gum arabic in the cola makes the areas that have not been drawn on , hydrophilic. This means water will sit in a film on the surface, but be repelled from the drawn areas, which will catch the ink from your roller.

Senefelders Maxim – water repels grease.

 

Step 5: Inking and Printing

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Ink rolled out , Im using intaglio ink, Raw Umber and bone black . Thick ink is important, but I’m not sure why!

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Before you roll your ink over, you need to make sure you wipe over your plate with your wet sponge, getting the right amount of water on the plate is important and you will just have to try it out and see what works for you.

When you first ink up your plate it will need several passes of ink , wiping over with your sponge in between, and probably will not be as dense a print as the next one, as more ink gets built up on the plate. S0101015

You can see here where in the top half of the image I touched it with my fingers  it has picked up my finger prints, woops!  If there are areas where ink is gathering and its not supposed to be , you can use a brush dipped in cola to clean off those areas .

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Printing using my mini printing press.

I tried both damp and non damp paper , using  a spoon as a baren and the printing press to compare results.  I will post the results in another entry.

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I got at least 10 Prints from this plate , and I think I could get more from it  which is pretty good going.

My technique needs perfecting as my plate gathered quite a bit of ink as it went along. I will try;

less ink on roller,

adding chalk to ink to make it thicker,

wiping with sponge before every pass of roller,

and having roller that is same size as plate.

and being more careful touching the edges of my plate in the first place !

Hope you find this post useful and I would love to see what you make with it .

Thanks for reading.

Two Sparrows 

Hey there , I have been working recently on a reduction linocut of some sparrows, house sparrows we call them here or little brown jobs. 

Even though they are not the most colourful birds here in Britain, they have a lot of character. And when you look up close they have beautiful colours and pattens in their feathers , all be it in shades of brown and greys. 

So after watching the sparrow army in my lovely new garden I wanted to do something on them and so here is my linoprint and some drawings, would love to hear what you think , cheers ! 

Oops! February, March and Aprils Sketch a Day, best bits…

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This was a bit of a cheat , i had missed loads of days so i divided up my page and did loads of little sketches of british birds, cus I love em!

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It was Shakespeares 400th anniversary of his birth the other day , and i was watching the RSC programme on the bbc , they had extracts from shakespear , opera and dance which these very loose sketches was my attempt to capture  a dance between othello and desdemona, big heavy marks for othello and more fluid delicate marks for desdemona.

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Birds of Paradise sketches..

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DSCF5406I watched `Attenborough’s Paradise Birds` on the iplayer back in february, which inspired me to watch it back and try and sketch the amazing birds he showed on it , here are some of them. The crazy shapes that these birds have evolved into and the colours are just amazing , so colourful compared to British wildlife, not sure where these sketches will go..

I was thinking maybe a large scale painting focusing on the colours and movement of the birds…

For great clips of birds of paradise there is a great you tube channel here.

Thanks for looking, any comments or ideas would be great !

Novembers Best bits of Sketch a day

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It has been a busy and emotional kind of month. and I will admit that i have missed a few days (9 to be precise!) sketching  this month, and sometimes it has felt like a chore. (which is worrying as i have only been doing it 3 months and have another 9 month ahead of me!)

BUT , this month (December) it is my aim to be consistent and put more effort into my sketches, to get myself back on track .

I am going to try to gather some different materials to try drawing with , and maybe think about choosing a theme for this month, like just focus on people and portraits, as it is a family time of year for me.

As always thanks for looking and reading , and good luck in any projects you have going on!

( and you can find me on instagram and facebook )

Lockleaze Festival

I was asked to add some work to a pop up exhibition at the new Hub building in Gainsborough Square, Lockleaze,  Bristol.

My work was amongst the work of the local art group who meet at The Cameron Centre run by Pam Sacree.

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There was a lovely range of work in lots of mediums. There was lots of work done for only a short time up, but well worth it if it gets more people interested  in going along and getting creative!

 

Two Mornings Drawing With The Lovely People At The Cameron Centre, Lockleaze, Bristol…

 As I mentioned in a previous post, I was to do a workshop starting with Ink Drawing , here are a few pictures of some of the work going on from the ink drawing,  to the next week, where we had a go at lino and/or mono printing with linseed oil , oil pastels and oil paint.Ink Drawing Workshop

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I had taken a range of object as possible Drawing inspiration, everyone just got on and drew something with gusto, it was great !

Lino and Mono printing Workshop 

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Lino and Mono printing Workshop

Lino and Mono printing Workshop

The next week  produced some lovely prints in quite a short time, 2  hours!

It was a lovely experience to go and share some techniques with  them, I had a  great time, hope they did too.

‘A Magpie Rhyme’ , a hand made book

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As a project for the artists book club I am a member of, we had to make some sort of folded book. This was my attempt at an accordion illustrated book based on one of the traditional rhymes about magpies.

I made lino prints for all the black parts then painted in the rest with inks and watercolour, with the aims of an edition of 10 I have made 4 so far…