Materials & Techniques

Lithography (printmaking)

Lithographs are created by drawing a design with a grease crayon onto a smooth piece of limestone. Chemicals are applied to the surface to secure the final image during printing. Water is applied to the stone followed by an oil-based ink that adheres to the artist's marks. The stone is then loaded into a press in order to transfer the ink onto paper. After the intended number of prints are made from a stone, its surface can be sanded smooth for reuse.

Excerpt from

Emily Schiller, Visions of America exhibition gallery text, 2016.

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