kitchen litho

Are you familiar with kitchen litho?

The Kitchen Print workshop is organising, for the 3rd year running, the Kitchen Litho Contest 2017. This is a free, international competition. If you want to take part, you have until 31 December to send in your creations. See the rules here:

ARCHES® is a partner of the Kitchen Litho Contest 2017, through its distributor Antalis.

Kitchen litho was invented in June 2011 by Vosges-based artist Émilie Aizier, alias Émilion. It is a gravure printing technique based on the principle of lithography, but simplified and adapted so that anyone can do it. The term refers as much to the printing process as to the print itself. “Litho” is a common abbreviation for lithography and “kitchen” was chosen for obvious reasons – – what characterises this system of printing is that it uses equipment available in any kitchen.

Émilie Aizier alias Émilion preparing her Kitchen Liyho
Kitchen Litho at Léaa - Poitiers. Workshop conducted by Atelier Kitchen Print.

First of all, the picture to be reproduced is drawn with greasy soap, for example, on an aluminium plate or sheet of foil. Then it is fixed onto the aluminium by acidulation using cola or another non-toxic household with an acid pH. Inking is done with a roller, using a greasy ink on the moistened aluminium. The prints can be made by the “spoon method” (pressing the paper onto the ink with the back of a spoon) or using an intaglio or lithographic printing press.

Kitchen litho allows up to a hundred original prints to be made of one design. It is a contemporary form of lithography, a planographic printing technique (printing from a flat surface) based on the mutual repulsion of oil and water.

More and more DIY printing techniques are being developed and shared on the internet. Kitchen litho is now practised all over the world, because it is so simple to do and can easily be used as an educational activity.

See a video of the technique: