Drawing on stone: Lithography

I am currently creating lithography prints of fern for The Royal College of Physicians Exhibition taking place next year.  I have been experimenting with drawing on two stones and plan to crop the artworks.  The prints are now on my studio floor and I am debating my next move!

Prints in progress

I was awarded a place on the artist development professional program called London Creative Network.  My intention was to translate my drawings into print.  I chose to learn about the lithographic process because I like the rich velvet lines and varied tonal qualities that could be created.  I really enjoy the different steps involved in creating a lithograph – processing the stone, drawing directly onto limestone, etching and printing.  I found the stone to be a wonderful material to draw upon.  It is cold to touch but then warms up. The grease pencils easily leave a mark and glide on …

Exploring Lithography

As part of my collaboration with London Creative Network I am creating a series of original prints.  The quality of line created using Lithography printing caught my eye in Paris when viewing prints created by Toulouse-Lautrec.  The rich, velvet, tonal lines that are communicated in each print intrigued me.  It was wonderful to draw upon stone and create a print lithography.  The process is based on the principle that oil and water do not mix.  Special drawing materials with high grease content, similar to materials used for drawing are applied onto a surface which is then chemically altered so that …