Final layer of green put on…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ink rolled out , Im using intaglio ink, Raw Umber and bone black . Thick ink is important, but I’m not sure why!
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.
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 .
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.
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 !
It was my birthday recently, and I happened to see this little desktop printing press that I had had my eye on for a while, was on sale, so birthday pressie for myself I bought it .
I have had a few goes on it trying different plates, it has its own way of printing which I need to master, but it’s looking promising for much fun in the future 😁
Fixing it to my desk …
A bit of rumaging around in the garage for some bits that would make suitable brackets and bolts to attach it.
One of the first prints with it, from a collograph plate , a pretty good impression !
Here are some pictures from the Alchemy exhibition in Stroud that a piece of mine was in this April.
Members of the printmaking co-op I am part of, hung a lovely show with an eclectic mix of work from some talented printmakers .
any questions please ask!
Drawing on the smoked copper plates…
After being in the acid, and the ground wiped off…
First proof of the plate, (the plate being 5 x 6 cm).
as you might have gathered from above, Bumblebees are my subject for this series of plates!
I was invited to attend a little gathering at the Print co operative I recently joined, to meet with some of the other new members. Tea ,chatting and a bit of print making, jolly good Sunday afternoon I think !
Here is the finished show, and I think we did pretty darn good!
It was a lovely mix of work in a variety of print mediums, and if there are any of the artists work you would like to see a bit closer please visit our group website! where you might find some more images .
Thanks for looking people, have a lovely day!
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