Introduction to Stone Lithography with Paul Croft RE TMP RA

2 day course
6 & 7 April or 23 & 24 July 2022
10am to 4pm

£200 including 1 grained stone*

Introduction to Stone Lithography with Paul Croft RE TMP RA

Invented in Munich by Alois Senefelder in 1798, lithography is a planographic process of printing, relying upon the principle that oil and water do not mix. Using a selection of greasy lithographic crayons, pencils, ink and tusche wash, drawing made on an entirely flat polished surface of limestone, is subsequently processed chemically, etched using mixtures of gum and nitric acid, such that only the image will be inked and printed. During printing, providing that the stone is kept damp with water as it is rolled up, only the greasy drawing will accept ink and print, all other areas will remain clean and ink free.

Stone lithography remains popular with fine artists, providing opportunities for wholly unique images to be made using a diverse range of marks, textures and tones, capable of being printed from the subtlest of light grey to the richest velvety of blacks. Combined with other techniques of aluminium, zinc or photoplate lithography, lithography is potentially one of the most versatile forms of printmaking available to artists today.

For this Introduction to Stone Lithography, you will be introduced to different approaches of drawing on stone: using lithographic crayon, pencil, rubbing crayon, drawing ink, gum stop outs, methods of deletion including scraping and honing, transfer techniques, and preparation of tusche wash - noted for its unique reticulation as it dries. Students will also learn how to etch and proof images in black and white. translated means ‘to write on stone’ and it works on the principle that water and oil do not mix. Stone Lithography is a technique still favoured by many artists because it offers the opportunity to draw and paint directly onto a unique tac-tile drawing surface, allowing the artist to create a huge range of marks and tones in their images.

Course structure
Typically, most students will have the opportunity to draw and print at least one stone in black and white. Wherever time permits, it may be possible to explore use of chine collé and monoprinting.

Day 1
• Introduction to lithography looking at examples of prints
• Stone preparation
• Approaches to drawing on stone
• Explanation of Etching: First Etch (Second Etch)

Day 2
• Wash out – Roll up and Second Etch
• Paper preparation
• Setting up on the press and proofing
• Final review of prints

Experience level
Suitable for people without previous lithography experience or for those wish-ing to refresh their skills.

Pre-course information
Notes on Stone Lithography and suggested images / materials to bring with you will be sent prior to the course date.


* £200 including cost of 1 grained stone used (to remain the property of CPSC but may be kept for use in open access workshops).


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Curwen Print Study Centre reserves the right to cancel courses – a full refund will be made in these circumstances.