Working on my lithography stone
Here’s part of my “Inner / Outer Journey” lithography project.
A real, live litho stone hand-worked with lithography crayons and inks. I call it “live” because working with a real stone is definitely about manipulating the natural earth and minerals. It feels much different than working with a metal lithography plate. You get to know your stone, and the way its surface behaves.
We are fortunate to get to work with lithographic stones here at the university, as there are few left out there in the world. The original quarry used for mining them has been closed for a while now. Most of the stones at UNM were donated by Tamarind Institute.
Anyway, this is a counter etch of the first image, BEFORE etching. It was drawn with lithography crayons and autographic inks.
The photo here shows the stone surface in mid re-draw, after counter etching more than 50% of the original image. I basically knocked out the background to create the new version of the image, with the incense burner lit.
The lit incense burner and its plume of smoke are the inner journey-the transformation found through burning incense and meditating. The first incarnation of the image (below) is the outer journey. The incense burner waits at the Taoist temple entrance. The incense has not yet been lit.
Unfortunately, I didn’t snap a pic of the stone with the first image on it–so I’m sharing one of the pulled lithos.
(Please note -the grayish area was caused by my camera’s reflection on the shiny ink).
I’ll share the Inner and Outer Journeys together, when I have photos taken of the final prints.