Lithography is a printing process dating back to the 18th century, based on the principle that grease and water don’t mix. The process uses a flat stone or metal plate on which the image areas are worked using a greasy medium so that the ink will adhere, while the non-image areas are made ink-repellent. Paper is then placed against the surface and the plate is run through a press. This beginner lithography workshop will cover the basics of the lithography process from preparing the lithographic stone, drawing the image on the stone, preparing the stone through an etching process, and finally resulting in a print.
Emmaline Mortimer is a printmaker and painter living in Charlotte County and an instructor and studio member of the Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature Centre.