Thursday, January 22, 2009
Today I began work on a colored lithograph at my friend Chi Meredith's studio. Lithography requires a different drawing and pass through the printing press for each color, and then there's the fun of registration. We managed to get one stone ready for color printing on my next trip to Corvallis. However, the other drawing, after making it beautifully through the first etch, mysteriously disappeared as I was rolling it up for the proofing and second etch. Sorry if this is all too complicated. Basically, lithography is a process of oil and water , with the ink staying where there is greasy drawing material, and resisting where the stone has water and no drawing material. When it works, it's glorious. Sigh. The magic and mystery of lithography. Here's an image from a more successful experience, and a new canvas.