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Experiementing with a layer from a recent screenprinting project. These hands are supposed to look like a woodcut, but they are actually just drawn by hand then exposed to a screen to print multiples.  

Experiementing with a layer from a recent screenprinting project. 

These hands are supposed to look like a woodcut, but they are actually just drawn by hand then exposed to a screen to print multiples.  

I’ve gotten a lot of questions about the lithography process, and being new to it this year I don’t feel like I’m fit to answer your questions, as I’m still learning and am in no way comfortable with the process yet. 

So I thought I would share this ^^ tutorial (parts ONE and TWO here) which is done by one of the techs at OCADU, Eric, because when I don’t know what I’m doing, he’s one of the guys to ask! In the video you can also see the studio I work in when doing litho. And for some additonal readings, here’s his site and his blog

Definitely worth a watch if you’re interested in printmaking! 
<3 

This is a project I did for Contemporary Issues in Printmaking’s first studio project. 

It is an edition of approximately 600 screenprinted ‘receipts’ examining the issue of elitism and de-valuing art, as well as the benefits of distribution and mass production.
Half of the prints are separated like receipts, half remain on a roll, as if ready to be packaged and sold to be distributed elsewhere. 

'Austere Gentleman' Rebecca Ladds, 2011. Single colour lithograph.  

'Austere Gentleman' Rebecca Ladds, 2011. 

Single colour lithograph.  

Painting with drawing ink on my stone for a second lithograph. I didn&#8217;t like the look of the litho pencils and crayons as much when I printed, so I&#8217;m doing what I love most and just using ink and hatching. My first of probably a lot of &#8216;Austere Gentlemen&#8217;. If you don&#8217;t know what that is referencing, you haven&#8217;t listened to enough Slim Twig. (side note: new things in the shop and more will be added tonight!)  

Painting with drawing ink on my stone for a second lithograph. I didn’t like the look of the litho pencils and crayons as much when I printed, so I’m doing what I love most and just using ink and hatching. 
My first of probably a lot of ‘Austere Gentlemen’. If you don’t know what that is referencing, you haven’t listened to enough Slim Twig.

(side note: new things in the shop and more will be added tonight!)  

Aforementioned litho. I probably drew a &#8216;too-complex&#8217; design for my first one ever. But its over now and all I want to do is breathe sighs of relief and sleep. 

Aforementioned litho. 
I probably drew a ‘too-complex’ design for my first one ever. But its over now and all I want to do is breathe sighs of relief and sleep. 

Lithographs I printed today! This is my first time doing lithography, and everyone warned me, but I didn&#8217;t care, that it is absolutely EXHAUSTING. Drawing on the stone is good but the etching process is rigorous and the actual printing process is so physical. I&#8217;ll have arm muscles in no time (because I am currently a wimp). There is a lot of troubleshooting involved because you never know what is going to happen until you&#8217;re rolling up the ink to put on the stone. It&#8217;s a rather messy edition.  

Lithographs I printed today! This is my first time doing lithography, and everyone warned me, but I didn’t care, that it is absolutely EXHAUSTING. Drawing on the stone is good but the etching process is rigorous and the actual printing process is so physical. I’ll have arm muscles in no time (because I am currently a wimp). 

There is a lot of troubleshooting involved because you never know what is going to happen until you’re rolling up the ink to put on the stone. It’s a rather messy edition.  


Another screenprint I did. It was more of an experiement for my digital printmaking class. The image is of Isadora Duncan and the rest I drew in photoshop/applied filters to make the image possible to screenprint, because you can only print flat colours, you have to think of ways to do implied gradients. I will be doing this again because I fail at registration and there are some kinks I need to work out, but I&#8217;m learning!  It&#8217; so much fun. 

Another screenprint I did. It was more of an experiement for my digital printmaking class. The image is of Isadora Duncan and the rest I drew in photoshop/applied filters to make the image possible to screenprint, because you can only print flat colours, you have to think of ways to do implied gradients. 

I will be doing this again because I fail at registration and there are some kinks I need to work out, but I’m learning!  It’ so much fun. 

Found an old picture of me drawing my own self-portrait. It&#8217;s weird to see because I&#8217;ve changed and learned so much since then! 

Found an old picture of me drawing my own self-portrait. It’s weird to see because I’ve changed and learned so much since then! 

Detail (by rebeccaladds)

Detail (by rebeccaladds)

This is the reason for my last question. I’ve had so much fun drawing this! 
The green hand is the third layer from my screenprint I’ve been working on (you’ll see that very soon, and some may be available for purchase!), but again I wanted to play around with it in other ways. As soon as I printed it green it just made me think of zombies. 

That and probably been watching too many horror movies and looking too much at http://monsterbrains.blogspot.com/.


I love this style of art, so I thought I would finally try it.  
WHATS NOT TO LOVE ABOUT ZOMBIES!? 

Nighttime project I worked on while catching up on the last couple episodes of True Blood. This was an experiement with materials I don&#8217;t usually work with: gouache, a couple layers from the screenprint I&#8217;ve been working on and regular old graphite pencils. It&#8217;s fun combining media like this and is one of my favourite things to do! 

Nighttime project I worked on while catching up on the last couple episodes of True Blood. 

This was an experiement with materials I don’t usually work with: gouache, a couple layers from the screenprint I’ve been working on and regular old graphite pencils. It’s fun combining media like this and is one of my favourite things to do! 

Working on my first ever lithograph! For those who don&#8217;t know, its drawing or painting on a limestone slab with grease pencils or oil based inks to produce multiple prints. This is my first time doing it so I&#8217;m just testing the water with what I can do on my stone and eventually how much detail I can get. I haven&#8217;t gone through the whole process yet, but I feel like this is going to be one of my favourite mediums to work in. 

Working on my first ever lithograph! For those who don’t know, its drawing or painting on a limestone slab with grease pencils or oil based inks to produce multiple prints. This is my first time doing it so I’m just testing the water with what I can do on my stone and eventually how much detail I can get. I haven’t gone through the whole process yet, but I feel like this is going to be one of my favourite mediums to work in. 

'David (With Goliath)' Rebecca Ladds, 2011. 

'David (With Goliath)' Rebecca Ladds, 2011. 

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