Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Asphaltum Lithography Print

After the MAPC conference and Michael Barnes's demonstration on asphaltum reduction lithography I was itching to try it out. As soon as I had all the materials and a base rolled out on the stone I began work on an image. It took a little longer than I expected, mostly because it acted like a mezzotint, in that I thought I had a clean, white area only to go back to it the next day and have to "brighten" it back up. Not to mention all those damn little curls.

The (upside down!) stone on the press.

Since the asphaltum was fairly reflective it was difficult to photograph, hence the wonky perspective. I was a little nervous to print it, simply because I really didn't think the image was going to look as good as it did on the stone- I wish I could have just framed the stone and called it good!

Long story short, I had quite a bit of difficulty printing. The image filled in a bit, and my attempts to "fix" things just made it much, much worse. Oops. I finally converted it back to a traditional base and managed to pull an edition, but it was a struggle to say the least.

And the print!
It was a great learning experience, however, and I've already got a second image underway to accompany this one. :)


Wendy Willis said...

I love seeing demos at print conferences and trying them at home too. This one was quite the challenge and you have done a really nice print. I look forward to your next one!

Ian Welch said...

What was your step for pulling the image back to a traditional base? I've been experimenting with reductive printing since MAPC, but I can't seem to get it right! Great print and congrats on the success!

Kellie Hames said...

Hi Ian. Well, lots of crying and curse words mostly.
But in addition, just a wet washout, and quick rolls with a medium based ink (I think I used shop mix). Hope all works out!