Mention waterless lithography in Australia and the Printmaking Sisters Annie Day and Robyn Ezra will have to be part of the conversation. Last weekend they taught a whirlwind introduction to the techniques at Toowomba for the Saturday Printmakers.
The workshop covered a myriad of possible techniques along with the basics of plate preparation, inking up and printing.
It is a deceptively simple process that is easy to learn but hard to master. Annie and Robyn have obviously perfected techniques and researched a lot of alternative methods. They know their stuff.
Using thin aluminium plates means two, three and more colour prints are easy to register, just print upside down.
Although the technique is relatively simple to execute, one of the hardest things is to remember the order of each step. Ute Braatz spent a lot of time drawing intricate detail on this plate with toner ink only to forget the next step and cleaned off her drawing by mistake.
As usual the Toowoomba group had magnificent shared lunches and a great deal of fun. Thanks for hosting the workshop.
Annie and Robyn are generous teachers willing to pass on their extensive knowledge. There’s information about various techniques on their website and if you’d like to learn waterless lithography in a romantic setting they teach in Florence each year. Next Italian workshop May/June 2017.