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Lithography and other workshops

I have done several workshop inductions and am considering which could be relevant to me in the nest few months.

Painting, Ceramics, Digital fabrication, Physical fabrication, Screenprinting, Etching and Lithography. Also want to do darkroom, woodwork, metalwork and sculpture.

Lithography was a technique that I have not encountered before, I was interested in the fact that it was very painterly/handdrawn quality to it.

Quick research into the method:

'A printing process based on the fact that grease and water don’t mix. The image is applied to a grained surface (traditionally stone but now usually aluminium) using a greasy medium: such as a special greasy ink – called tusche, crayon, pencils, lacquer, or synthetic materials. Photochemical or transfer processes can also be used. A solution of gum arabic and nitric acid is then applied over the surface, producing water-receptive non-printing areas and grease-receptive image areas. The printing surface is kept wet, so that a roller charged with oil-based ink can be rolled over the surface, and ink will only stick to the grease-receptive image area. Paper is then placed against the surface and the plate is run through a press.'

I am interested in the possibility of using different colours of the ink and also the handdrawn nature. Also that it could be used with photgraphic images too?

The possibility of combining cyanotypes with other media/ overlaying prints etc is of interest.

I would like to investigate different surfaces for cyantoypes.

I was reading about the cyantoype process

Herschel used diaphanes - old etchings which then made transparent by greasing them. Want to try this as an eco friendly version of using acetate sheets.

Also Anna Atkins made diaphanes from seaweeds by drying and pressing them.

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