Artist Colleen Corradi in OM Workshop, Tokyo

Stone lithography, invented in 1798, was a revolutionary technique as it was the first new printmaking technique to emerge in 300 years. However, it did not develop until the 1830's when it was mostly used for poster productions and to print colored images in books. Being the only printmaking technique which allowed the artist to paint freely and directly onto the surface, lithography soon became very popular among artists.

The technique
The image is drawn directly on a piece of flat Bavarian limestone using some greasy pencils or inks. This image is then fixed to the stone with a chemical reaction; the undrawn areas will be desensitised with a mixture of nitric acid and gum arabic while the greasy drawing will be etched in the stone and ready to receive ink to produce a print.


The invisible cities




©2004 Colleen Corradi