Lithography is where it's at!

When you make lithographs by hand, things get messy...fast! 

But it all starts off with an image-- in this case, a simple Sedona, Arizona travel poster I whipped up in Illustrator:

Then, you have to separate the colors on to two pieces of frosted mylar in order to expose them to your lithography plates. For my first project, I had to hand draw them...ouch.

The left image (the "sky") I hand-colored with oil based sharpie, the right one (the "cliffs") I drew and colored with china marker.

Then, once everything is done, you expose your plates, ink them up, and start to make proofs! 

Please ignore my messy rolling and the ink on the press bed-- I was still learning!

Please ignore my messy rolling and the ink on the press bed-- I was still learning!

Please ignore my messy rolling and the ink on the press bed-- I was still learning!

Please ignore my messy rolling and the ink on the press bed-- I was still learning!

Finally, you combine the two plate imprints onto one piece of (hopefully nice!) paper for your final print!

And you print....A LOT of them! You'll turn into a one woman printing press in no time!

It's a lot of work, but one of the most fulfilling art endeavors I've ever embarked upon! 

My next round of lithographs are getting digitally exposed to the plates, so I was a bit more ambitious with my design:

Can't wait to see how it turns out! Stay tuned!