Exploring Litho

Lithography, or the art making stones talk as my professor calls it, was an interesting class to take. Litho is the closest printmaking method to drawing; litho is the method of essentially using grease markers to draw on a stone and some chemistry to make the piece a piece of artwork.

Ballons, Watercolor, and Silkscreen

One of the variations of my first litho print in which I used watercolor pencils to add color.

The first litho print I did was inspired, impart, by Banksy’s ‘Girl With Balloon’ after it was shredded at auction back in October.

Banksy has been on my mind since last spring semester when I did a research paper involving him and Shepard Fairey as graffiti artists. When I saw the news that a Banksy piece was shredded at auction, it gave me the idea to use the general balloon shape and clouds for my print. Granted, my print did turn out to be a bit closer to sperm.

One of the professors at USD pointed out how the clouds looked more like sperm then clouds, he suggested to use color to play with a bit gender. Especially since he knows that I have an interest in working with subject matter that deals with gender.

Another variation of my my first litho print on powder blue paper with layers of transparent pink and green ink.

Since I also have an interest in silkscreen as a printmaking method, my litho professor wanted me to explore using silkscreen with litho to see how I can push my prints.

Adding the use of silkscreen came to discussion after a trip I got take with the USD Art Department in March. During the trip, we went to Highpoint Press where we saw Julie Mehretu’s ‘Entropia,’ which was a 32 layer print that combined litho and screen printing. This combination made me interested in seeing how litho and silkscreen can be used to work together; but Mehretu’s use of the two methods also lead me to become interested in using watercolor.

This is why when I worked on this first print, the thought of going the direction of using watercolor came about. I’m happy that it did, cause it has lead me to start thinking on how I can utilize watercolor with other printmaking techniques; which is nice since I’m taking an intro to printmaking class next term.

Balloons 2.0

After the first critique in litho, I was given a better sense of how to progress with the next couple of litho prints.

One of the take aways that I was given was how it was clear that I enjoyed the line making aspect of lithography. And after also getting told to be more deliberate with my design, I had fun creating another balloon/sperm print:

With this litho print, I wanted to take the feedback I got and be more deliberate on my design.

I wanted to figure out how to be better at how to have better verity within my litho prints.

Another thing I wanted to use watercolor in another litho print.


While I was working on my second balloon print, I used the some litho plate to also create a print in which I explored a weird perspective…without meaning to.

By ‘without meaning to,’ I specifically mean that I had different intentions for the print, but as we know, life happens and I had to readjust after realizing my perspective was off.  

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