Lithography at Home With Common Kitchen Materials

Craft & Design

This video from Emilion that shows how you can create great prints at home with common kitchen materials. It’s amazing how simple things like cola and foil can produce beautiful artwork. [via Shannon Henry on Pinterest]

20 thoughts on “Lithography at Home With Common Kitchen Materials

  1. hafsa says:

    Hi I wish the person could explain what he or she was doing.I like it and love to try it.

  2. kris hackbart says:

    That is wicked cool! One clarification: the original was painted with soap, yes? Cola for the etching acid, a water rinse, and then corn oil before the inking.
    You could do this with children!

  3. cubed says:

    Maybe I missed it, but did it show what was used for the “ink”? Printer’s ink? Some type of paint?

  4. Louise says:

    I got the same effect, so much easier, by simply printing onto the clear sheet protector used in your last step, using highest quality (for the most ink) and quickly pressing it onto wherever you want it…a folder in my case.

  5. Carol says:

    Cool! And with stuff that’s very easy to find!
    I think I have a roller press stacked somwhere in my cupboard behind the robo-chef and the juice maker :3

  6. ink blot says:

    thank u so much, kris!! i was trying to find out what was used to pour onto the plate after the cola and so far was just told to click on HTML for the ‘recipe book’ ingredients which i haven’t been able to find *at all*…until u mentioned the water rinse!! ditto for the corn oil…but this video seems to think we should all be French, or something. that said, the artist used Marseilles vegetable soap for drawing on the aluminum foil.

  7. Emilion says:

    Thank you for the link, thank you everybody. I draw with soap (pur vegetal soap, saon de Marseille). The soap pprotect the aluminium, with cola it become like grease.
    It’s exactly the same process of the inventor of lithography (Aloys Senefelder). Some part of the plate is hydrophobic (the drawing) and the over hydrophilic (whit of the plate).Senefelder uses acid nitric on stone and too on metal. The artists actuelly in general to make lithos themselves they use stones but methods are toxics and complexes and expensive. Cola is the acid (acid phosphoric, you read this on the bottle) and react with aluminium. Aluminium is used in printmaking industries (offset the son of litho if you want. I use an etching ink, it’s a grease ink. You can use an etching press tu make exemples. 10 exemplaries with foil of alu. You can use too an aluminium plate granulated, it’s more profesionnel and do more exemplaries. The handbook is in my site to download.

  8. Emilion says:

    Yes I’m french and speek very bad english… désolée.. but I try !

  9. Rachel Hobson says:

    Thank you so much, Emilion, for chiming in with the extra instructions! This is such a cool project, and it is so kind of you to share it with readers all over the world. Thank you for the extra tips, and keep up the great work!

    1. Emilion says:

      Thank you Rachel. I’m using kitchen foil of aluminum… basic… Lithography is a wonderful technique. But difficult to explain in few words. that’s why I speak about my researches on a handbook in sale in my website It is now traduced in english. Thanks Merci

  10. aybars says:

    thanks a lot! I will do it in my rubbish home

  11. Beth says:

    Love this. This may be a dumb question but where do you find vegetable soap?

  12. Peter says:

    Will this method work with solvent inks?

  13. Idie Weinsoff says:

    what kind of paper do you use?

  14. Emilion says:

    I am using kitchen foil of aluminum and intaglio or litho or typo ink. Traditional’s inks for printmaking.

  15. Emilion says:

    Forget soap, it is too hard for beginners. Long story… but soap is used traditionally for making litho pencils…

  16. sivavrana says:

    Can someone help me,… I’m making every single step the same, but somehow I’m failing to suceed. I have the right soap, cola, oil,… litho paint, paper,… but it just doesn’twork. After the cola proces when i slightly pour over thewater, the soap dissolves. What am I doing wrong?

  17. Paola Berenice Meraz says:

    Does anyone know what was the material she was dipping her brush in?

    1. KNL says:

      Apparently it’s “Marseilles soap”? But it just has to be something with grease… this particular soap is made with animal fats, so it is greasy.

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