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In lithography, (meaning ' writing with stone'), prints are pulled from a flat surface
(also called a plano-
Painterly effects can be achieved, with subtle nuances of tone, fluidity and variability of line, and layers of colour. This form of printmaking is particularly suitable for people who enjoy drawing and water colour techniques, as it prints exactly the marks you make although it is not necessary to be an experienced artist and anyone can enjoy the process. It is important
to follow the method to the letter in order to chemically fix the image on the plate as there
is nothing cut, bitten or stenciled; the image is there by chemical magic. However, the result justifies the effort.
A traditional limestone block might be too heavy to use for some people but equally good results can be achieved with the lighter metal plates.
Offset lithography is a modern development where the design is transferred from a stone/plate or a photo-
Lithography Notes Plate Preparation