Printmaking Techniques

Print Them All was created in a printing works for art in the Montparnasse district of Paris dating from the 19th century. A crossroads where great French and international artists could meet, Picasso, Matisse, Miró, Chagall or Giacometti came to this workshop one after the other. Today contemporary artists such as David Lynch, JR and many others follow in their footsteps.

Lithography

Lithography takes its name from the Greek words lithos meaning ‘stone’ and graphein ‘to write’. In its most primitive form, lithography would involve an image being etched into a smooth stone, ink would be applied to the stone, and paper pressed against the stone. The ink would transfer to the paper, absent only where the stone had been engraved.

In the 18th century lithography used water with opposing substances like oil-based materials to achieve the desired disparate effect.

Example of Lithography: L'Atlas - Black Big Bang

Modern lithography employs the same basic principle but is much more efficient and is therefore used in the reproduction of most materials with graphics and print. A printing plate is covered with photosensitive emulsion before the photographic negative of an image is pressed against it and the plate is exposed to an ultraviolet light. Once developed, the emulsion shows a reverse of the negative image – an exact duplicate of the original (positive) image….

Paper

Though it goes without saying, paper quality is one of the most important elements of printing. The artist’s choice in paper is often critical to achieving the desired final effect. Out of respect to the artists and to you, the art collector, we work exclusively on quality paper to ensure optimal results that will stand the test of time. We print on paper by BFK Rives, Arches, Baryté etc.

 Paper Rives