Ellen Jean Price

Ellen Jean Price

Oxford, OH
Part, Paper Plate Lithograph
24 x 16.5

I have embraced this combination of low-tech processes for the evocative quality of the space, tone and surface in relation to my source material: cropped images from family photographs.

Kitakata is first printed in a transparent color from a collagraph (gesso on matboard) plate. The collagraph plate is wiped as intaglio to bring up texture but primarily functions as a relief surface and ink is rolled on. Paper is dampened by misting.
In “paper lithography,” the plate is the photocopy, with the back painted with shellac.

Process:
Pour a small amount of gum arabic onto the photocopy and rub in.
With a wet sponge, wipe down the gum gently, rinse sponge and wipe off gum. Keeping the photocopy damp, roll on etching ink mixed with approximately one-tenth miracle gel or Setswell. Repeat a few times, keeping the surface damp by sponging or misting. The white part of the photo copy will attract some ink. When the image is inked to the desired consistency, print on dampened (misted) paper, Kitakata 30gsm was used in
this work.