Waterless Lithography under the Mountain

Inking up

Inking up



The profile of Mount Kembla features regularly in some of my landscape drawings. Last weekend I saw it from a different perspective, up close and reversed. Liz Jeneid’s eclectic studio where we had a hands-on workshop on waterless lithography, is nestled comfortably into the mountain.

IMG_3979Julie Krone, whose work I had seen in an exhibition at Wollongong Gallery some years ago had stuck with me and when I saw she was running the class, I thought it would be interesting to see how she works and the technique. She was fresh from an Argentinian Ace Residency and keen to pass on the intricacies learned from her investigations and experience with other artists.

IMG_3981Unlike stone based lithography, this method uses everything from silicon, acetone, brake fluid, photo-sensitive plates to print press.  Julie was generous with sharing her knowledge and excited by new marks made in different ways. It was learning experience for us all.

After completing our drawings and eventually a range of prints, it was obvious that although it was a technical process, individual sensitivities came through from the particpants.

Julie rocking the image in developer

Julie rocking the image in developer

For myself, I had made two plates, one more successful than the other, but it was the investigation of mark-making through both drawing and printing on transparent papers that has led me to go back to Rauschenberg for some more inspiration. Starting on a large drawing on Monday, I’m keen to scratch, transfer and rub, a little like Liz’s chooks and horses roaming the hillside. A fabulous shared lunch debating the value of arts education, topped off a wonderfully indulgent weekend.


Taking off the silicon

Taking off the silicon

The siliconed plate ready for ink

The siliconed plate ready for ink

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6 thoughts on “Waterless Lithography under the Mountain

  1. Great blog Sue. Julie Krone’s workshop was a very inspirational combined with the lovely hospitality of Liz Jeneid. Julie was especially very sharing and helpful with her skills & techniques and I would love to do this again. A great weekend. Sue Smalkowski

    • Thanks Megan. It’s a bit of a process but if you have access to a lightbox it would be good. I used black gesso to scrape into for the initial drawing. Cheers Sue.

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