Photolithography Workshop with Carlos Calado at Gallery Graff

A workshop by Carlos Calado with an introduction to manual offset printing: A great technique to combine photography, text, drawings, collage. It is pretty simple: The photoshop file is printed on a polymer plate with a regular black and white laser printer. During the printing process on a regular lithography press an intervention with pens and acrylic ink is possible.

Compared to other etching printing techniques it is probably one of the least toxic as a minimum of chemicals is necessary. Basically, chemicals are only necessary when cleaning the ink (disolvant).

Why not simply use an inkjet printer? Because this lithography technique is much more unique than an inkjet print, especially when interventing on the plate during the printing process, when applying chine colle or using "embossage".

One of my next projects is already in workout...

Some images taken during the workshop:

Preparing the paper:

Preparing the paper with a register

Preparing the photoshop files

Preparing the photoshop files

Preparing a photolithography plate with a pen: Only a few brands work properly.

 Preparing a photolithography plate with a pen

Inking of plate:

 Inking of photolithography plate

Making the plate wet:

Making the plate wet

Cleaning of plate with 50% disolvant and 50% canola oil:

 Cleaning of photolithography plate

Protecting the plate with "Arabic Gum" on a sponge for the second time. The first time the plate is protected before cleaning with disolvant/granola oil:

Protecting the plate with Arabic Gum</

Chine Colle:

Chine colle and photolithography

Brigitte Schuster


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Tibor Sallai’s photoTibor Sallai replied on

This technique is really interesting. But I would like to know a bit more about it, because a few things are not clear to me and it would be a good technique for me, because the lack of space. Is the paint sticks to the printed area? What are the steps? Thanks for your answers!

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