Viva Los Videos! “Kitchen Lithography”

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So now all you need in your kitchen is a printing press. Which you’ve always wanted, anyway, admit it.

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12 Responses to “Viva Los Videos! “Kitchen Lithography””

  1. […] give me so much HOPE for the future!!!! AAAHHH also the mount of noises that I was making while watching this video as a result of the […]

  2. Chena says:

    Anyone care to explain the science of why the various steps (hairdryer, cola, rinse, wipe, rapeseed oil, etc,) work and are required?

  3. scott says:

    Was that draw with butter?

  4. Rosy says:

    No, that’s grease chalk. My guess, Chena, is that the hairdryer (and honestly, this is just an educated guess) is to help the grease on the aluminum to set better into the surface. The cola is for the phosphoric acid content, serving as a makeshift etching solution.

  5. was it savon de marseille?
    or butter?
    and was the rubdown with a spoon and scotowel an alternative to the press?
    I like this! I’m such a sucker for printing.

  6. CathyJean says:

    I would like to know the materials used also, I got the coke but what was the drawing material and the clear liquid?

  7. guadalupe says:

    I would liek to know the equivalents like how to substitute for the greesse chalk and the oil. was there coca cola or cola like glue?

  8. Luther says:

    I sent the video to somebody who sent it on to another person (native French) and this is what we got back.

    The material that he uses to draw, or paint on the aluminum foil (rough side up) with is soap – a pure vegetable soap, like olive oil soap. then he etches the surface with coca-cola (no indication how long the etching goes on), then rinses it with water. Then, keeping the surface wet, he pours on rape-seed oil (probably any vegetable oil would be fine), rinses off excess with a sponge, then inks it up.

  9. Aaron says:

    Emilion inspired me to do some experimenting and come up with a better English set of instructions. we have been playing with this concept over on

    I am posting the steps that have yielded good results for me. happy printing!

    Kitchen Lithography: Rapid, eco-freindly and less-toxic !
    Kitchen lithography is fast, and inexpensive. Most of the materials can be bought for very little and are found in most kitchens. If you have the ink and a press all the better but even the press is not required.
    Material List:
    • Reynolds heavy-duty aluminum foil
    • Polycarbonate or Plexiglas plate (for stretching the aluminum foil)
    • Paper Towel (viva is what I uses)
    • Tape (for anchoring the aluminum foil)
    • 1500 grit waterproof sandpaper (sanding the foil to increase the tooth and surface area)
    • White kitchen vinegar (cleaning off prepared foil and making it more receptive)
    • Soda/Cola containing phosphoric acid (for etching the plate)
    • Korn’s litho crayon (drawing the image)
    • Vegetable Oil
    • Sponge (for wiping the plate and keeping the plate wet)
    • Oil based Etching Ink (graphic chemical ink is what I used)
    • Press or Wooden Spoon
    • Paper torn to the correct size for the image, any good quality smooth surfaced paper should work(BFK, Stonehenge, Magnani Pescia, ect )
    Preparing aluminum plate:
    1. Start with Reynolds heavy-duty aluminum foil, shiny side up, use a small amount of tape to anchor the foil to the plastic plate. Place a bit of water between the foil and the plastic plate. (This is done so you can get a good smooth surface to work from.)
    2. After applying the water use a paper towel to smooth the foil out. Getting all of the bubbles from between the foil and plastic.
    3. Once the foil is smoothed out wet the waterproof 1500 grit sandpaper. Sand the surface of the foil until you get a bit of a paste of ground foil on the surface.
    4. Use a clean paper towel and vinegar to remove the ground aluminum.
    5. Rinse with water and dry with clean paper towel.
    Draw the image and Process it:
    1. Using the Korn’s litho crayon create an image.
    2. Using the Soda/Cola, containing phosphoric acid, poor it over the drawn image. Allow the cola to sit on the surface for 5-7 seconds.
    3. Rinse the Plate with water.
    4. Apply oil to a clean paper towel and remove the Korn’s litho crayon from the plate.
    5. Sponge the plate with a damp sponge. (Just like traditional Lithography). At this point the image should be visible as a slightly different color than the etched portion of the aluminum.
    Preparing to print the plate:
    1. Sponge the plate and make sure it is slightly damp.
    2. Using a high quality etching ink roll up the image once.
    3. Sponge the plate and make sure it is slightly damp.
    4. Using a high quality etching ink roll up the image once again not over working it and never allowing the wet area to become dry.
    5. Sponge the plate and make sure it is slightly damp.
    6. Using a high quality etching ink roll up the image once again not over working it and never allowing the wet area to become dry. Repeat steps 5-6 until the images is sufficiently inked.
    Print the plate:
    1. Place a dry sheet of paper on the image.
    2. Run through press or Burnish with at Wooden Spoon.
    3. Remove the paper.
    4. Return to the Preparing to print instructions.

  10. Simon Ripley says:

    I have had great results too – even in school with a class of 15 students. I don’t sand the foil, just draw on the matt side. Is it possible to get washes and tonal variations as in stone litho?

  11. Hello from Oz,

    This Kitchen Lithography is great as it easy to set up and create works. I am a practicing artist and lecturer and this easy technique is great for students to work in class and at home. Thanks for sharing.

    Hi Scot, great site – IMPACT13 in Dundee is not far away!
    Cheers Jimmy

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