Lithography

This class will provide you with an introduction to stone lithography. You will receive guidance in all basic aspects of the printmaking technique, including stone preparation, drawing, etching application, and press operation. Using a piece of limestone from Fleisher’s collection, you will print a small edition of your original drawing. By the end of the class, you will have gained an understanding of the history and cultural significance of the medium, as well as its underlying techniques.

Previous drawing experience is helpful, but not mandatory.

Participants must have a valid Fleisher membership. Please note that our tuition-free classes for adults fill very quickly. If you are considering purchasing a membership in order to register for a tuition-free class, please click “register” to check whether or not the class is full prior to your purchase.

Required supplies:

  • It is advisable that you purchase through the Fleisher store, the Stones Crayon Package, which includes: 1 each 1/4 inch crayon in numbers 1, 3, and 5 with a holder, deletion hone, sharpener and rubbing crayon. Those crayons noted below with an * are included in this kit. Lithographic crayons & pencils vary in grease content, the lower the number, the higher the grease content or the darker the mark making.

  • Korn’s lithographic pencils (numbers available: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

  • Korn’s lithographic crayons (numbers available: 00, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

  • Stone’s lithographic ¼ inch crayons (waterproof, numbers available 1*, 2, 3*, 4, 5*, 6, 7)

  • Stone’s lithographic tablet crayons (waterproof 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

  • Stone’s rubbing crayons (waterproof Hard, Medium*, Soft)

  • Rubber hone or snake slip* (for erasing and cleaning margins)

  • Printing paper (Rives BFK, Arches Cover, German Etch, Somerset, etc.)

  • Newsprint pad or individual sheets (size depends on image printed)

  • Bamboo & hake brushes (for etching/processing)

  • Two lithographer’s cellulose sponges (one for processing, must have a clean one for printing) NOTE: A Ziploc® bag with a few air holes punctured in it is convenient for the storage and transportation of lithographic sponges.

  • Watercolor and bristle brushes (a variety for drawing, painting on stone)

  • Hard pencil (in the H range)

  • Exact-o® knife and blades

  • Single edge razor blades (5)

  • Sketchbook

  • Gloves (kitchen or surgical)

  • Optional: Tracing paper, etching needle, etching scraper, newsprint pad (great for transportation of prints and proofing), ink pen and nibs

  • Materials offered in studio: Korn’s lithographic tusche, distilled water, cheesecloth, fine steel wool (#0000), oil of wintergreen, Zippo® lighter fluid, apron or smock