Tone lithography

12 October 2010 § Leave a comment

Tone lithograph by Alexandre Calame

Tone lithography (Dutch: toonlitho, tintlitho, getinte litho) is a lithographic colour printing technique that belongs to the manual planographic printmaking family. It is one of the earliest lithographic colour printing methods. It is called tone litho because for this technique only one stone containing the tone or tint is used – contrary to the traditional colour lithography and the “tintkleurenlitho” where it is common to use several tones.

Technique description
For making a tone litho, two stones are used. One stone contains the illustration, the other contains the tone or tint. Lithographic chalk or tusche is used to apply the illustration and the tone to the separate stones. Two “drukgangen” are necessary to make the tone litho; the tone is applied during the first “drukgang”, and the illustration during the second.
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