Week two learning lithography – Photo-litho test plates and drawing onto my first stone. And a cat called Morris who likes to sit in the kitchen sink.


A test plate exposed to an ink wash on drafting film for varying amounts of time, ranging from 9 – 18 light units. Very much like photo-etching in that the longer you expose the plate, the lighter the image becomes. But SO much more detail than photo-etching, and no need for aquatint or halftones as these plates produce continuous tone because of the way they are printed.


Resulting prints from the test plate. Due to the nature of the printing process, more detail is revealed from the plate the more prints are taken – showing here the first print taken above, and the 9th print taken below.


My first drawing onto stone, experimenting with dry drawing materials such as litho pencils and crayons and rubbing block to create subtle tones. We also put a first gum etch onto this stone, so it will ready for it’s second gum etch next week.



5 Comments on “Week two learning lithography – Photo-litho test plates and drawing onto my first stone. And a cat called Morris who likes to sit in the kitchen sink.”

  1. Roger Grech says:

    Hi Kate, lovely to see your working on stone. I was wondering do you have a levigator for re-surfacing your stone? If so could I possibly bring a stone over to re surface? I can bring my own carborundum.

    Roger Grech

    • Hi Roger, Thanks for reading! Really enjoying working on stone. LPW don’t have a proper levigator as far as I know – last week I was using a smaller stone with some weights on top to grind a larger one. I will ask Serena the technician when I’m in next week. If you don’t mind doing it that way I’m sure you’d be able to sort something with them to come in and grind your stone – although if you can find a smaller bit of stone to use you could just do it at home I suppose.

  2. 2Spools says:

    Printmaking has always fascinated me. As a photographer my only touchstone with printmaking is viewing shows or finding, then reading about printmakers. Printmaking was my foundation for photographic printing in th traditional darkroom.

    • Hey, thanks for taking a look at my blog. There is a lot of crossover between photography and printmaking these days – almost every printmaking technique can incorporate photographic imagery somehow. In the print studio where I work I come across quite a few photographers who want to use printmaking to take their photography a step further and manipulate their images. I really like your photographs, they portray a real sense of the everyday. It is interesting that you went from printmaking to photography, it must give you quite a unique viewpoint. K

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