Two or three weeks ago I started working on my first stone that was supposed to be a little bit more than a test stone, so I decided to do two layers, one black and one in colour. I also decided to do a gradient colour, just to complicate matters a bit more and to make it a bit more of a challenge.
Here I am starting my drawing, later I realized that I had made a big mistake using pencil to create my frame, as these lines started to print and I had to etch them off twice and also try to scratch them off. I am still not sure whether they are completely gone or not.
I then had to draw on a second stone to be able to add a coloured layer.
Here is that stone and the steps that the stone goes through before it is printed:
- Stone right after drawing.
- Stone after etching and inking with non drying black.
- Stone with ink washed out, they grey image is the grease that the stone has absorbed.
- Stone with actual printing ink, ready to go!
Here we go, second layer in beautiful colours!
I was hoping that this print would be complete by now but in true lithography style of course it is not. I had to re-etch both of my my stones a few times and then of course the ink needs a long time to dry in between printing the two layers. Now I just can’t wait to print the black layer on top of these ones to complete the image!