Waterless Lithography at Toowomba

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The workshop crew

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.

Robyn Ezra talking about the finer points of cleaning a plate with acetone
Robyn Ezra talking about the finer points of cleaning a plate with acetone
Annie's expressions show laying on silicon is an exact  art that probably has to be treated with a little more respect than we beginners showed
Annie’s expressions show that laying on silicon is a fine art that has to be treated with a little more respect than we beginners were able to master

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.

inks
Rubber based inks and hard roller are used.

Using thin aluminium plates means two, three and more colour prints are easy to register, just print upside down.

Inks are rolled onto the plate on a latex covered board.
Inks are rolled onto the plate on a silicon covered board.

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.

Remembering the steps is the hard part
Remembering the steps is the hard part

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.

Elizabeth and Ute take a tea break
Elizabeth and Ute take a tea break
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