Kitchen Lithography is a planographic printing technique (printing from a flat surface) based on the principle of water and oil repelling each other. French artist Émilie Aizier invented the process in 2011, adapting conventional lithography to the contemporary home setting using household materials, and a simple method (no graining or specialist chemicals). It’s an experimental technique – the best results come from practicing and enjoying the process.
Make your own versatile stamp(s) using this simple technique. Cut an image or design out of lino, glue to a cork block for ease of handling, then ink up and get printing! Have fun and experiment – make repeating patterns, text blocks, overlay your stamp onto existing prints, it can be as simple or elaborate as you wish.
PLEASE TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO READ THROUGH THE FOLLOWING GELLI PLATE CARE AND USE INSTRUCTIONS:
Three key points: • Avoid using sharp objects on the plates • Clean the plate after use as instructed • Place back in original packaging to store cleaned plate for your next project!
Important cleaning note – plate cleaning materials: Avoid using white spirit to clean the plate; instead smooth sheets of scrap paper, newspaper etc over the surface until any remaining ink has lifted off. Cleaning with white spirit will degrade the surface of the plate. If using water based ink you can wash the plate with water and mild detergent.
I am very excited to try using these plates too. They seem to have enormous potential for a variety of very exciting off press outcomes. A big thank you to Katherine Jones for introducing and writing this project for the Rabley Printmakers.
Introduction Katherine Jones
Gelli Plates are amazingly effective and pick up even the most sensitive detail. They are ideal for making monotype-style images without a press and are malleable, allowing you to print onto all sorts of materials including paper, fabric and even rigid surfaces like wood or cardboard.