Lithographic Printing Process

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Lithographic prints are produced by drawing on a limestone slab using a grease stick, etching into the stone using acid, inking the slab and rolling it through a printing press. Understand the lithographic printing process with help from an art teacher in this free video on printmaking.

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Hi, I'm Cori DiSimone and I'm here to tell you about the lithographic printing process. In the lithographic printing process, basically what happens is that an artist begins with a slab of limestone, which he or she colors with a greasy crayon, or paints on with tush. Next, the artist etches the image that he or she has just drawn on the stone with a solution of Gum Arabic and nitric acid. When the stone is ready to be printed, water is placed on top of the stone and then a, a leather roller which is ink with photographic ink, is rolled over the stone. The paper is then placed on top of the stone and the stone with the paper on top of it is rolled through a printing press. And the end result is the paper with the mirror-like image of the image that the artist created on it. So, the final step; the most satisfying step is when the artist peels the paper off from the stone and the mirror image of what he or she has drawn on it is revealed. I'm Cori DiSimone and that's the lithographic print making process.

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