Karen Brussat Butler

Karen Brussat Butler

Bloomington, IL
Senefelder, The Father of Lithography, Lithograph
26 x18

CONCEPT: WATER REPELS GREASE
If you draw upon the surface of a smooth limestone with a greasy substance and then wet the surface and roll an ink roller with greasy ink across it, the ink will adhere only to the original grease and not the wet surface.

ETCHING MATERIALS
Gum Arabic
Talc
Rosin
Nitric Acid
Black Litho Ink
Water/Sponges
Cheese Cloth/Rags
The Chemical process of “etching” the stone with Nitric Acid fixes the drawn image to the stone making it water-soluble no longer.

PRINTNG EQUIPMENT
Lithography Press
Tympan
Ink/Roller
Water/Sponges
Newsprint/Printing Paper
From graining the stone to pulling the final proof there are many places where the process can go wrong. Meeting these challenges and succeeding with an edition of quality prints is most satisfying.