Paper lithography

12 October 2010 § Leave a comment

Paper lithograph by Alexander Archipenko

Paper lithography (lithography on paper, lithographie sur papier, Dutch: papierlithografie) is a lithographic printing technique that belongs to the manual planographic printmaking family. Instead of applying the drawing directly to the stone – as with the traditional litho – the drawing is first made on paper and then transferred to the stone.

Technique description
The first step in making a paper litho is to draw the desired image on a paper with a greasy material like tusche or chalk. After the drawing is made, the paper is put between moistened papers for several hours. This is done to make sure that the paper absorbs a sufficient amount of water, but without getting too wet. « Read the rest of this entry »

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