When printmakers Laura Sofie Hantke and Lucas Grassmann graduated from university, they found themselves without the luxury of a professional print studio. In their search for an easy technique they could implement in their own home, they came across French artist émilie Aizier-Brouard's ingenious Kitchen Lithography, which uses aluminum foil, cola, and oil-based crayons as its main materials, and quickly became ardent fans of and experts in the process, which is eco-friendly, inexpensive, and easy to do. In this book, the first on the subject, they share what they've learned through a process of trial and error in an easy-to-follow guide on turning your kitchen into a creative studio. Hand print your own buttons, bags, pillowcases, posters, cards, T-shirts, and labels using simple household ingredients with surprising and bold results.
About the Author
Lucas Grassmann and Laura Sofie Hantke studied graphic design at the University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt, Germany. Since they graduated in 2013 and 2015 respectively, Grassmann has worked as a freelancer for various clients and Hantke as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer. In 2015, they started working together and founded Studio Lula (studio-lula.com).
"In their quest to find a printmaking method that didn't require a studio with high-end supplies, designers Hantke and Grassmann discovered kitchen lithography, which uses common household items such as aluminum foil, vegetable oil, and cola to create simple printing plates. Their guide walks crafters through the process of creating and etching the printing plate and using the plate to make prints on a variety of surfaces. The authors cover both single-color and multicolor printing, extending the life of the printing plate using gum arabic, and troubleshooting printmaking problems. VERDICT Crafters interested in exploring printmaking without investing a lot of money in pricey supplies will be fascinated by the high-quality results produced by kitchen lithography. Since the technique is so easy and the supplies are nontoxic, it's also a fun rainy-day art project for older children." - Library Journal
"Remember back in Art class when you did those Lino prints? Well, this is similar, but lots more fun and way more artistic. The best thing is your weird Art teacher isn't going to grade you down for thinking outside the box this time. I really love when a Craft enables you to be creative from your own insides and not anyone else's. This book is a must have for your Craft book shelf." - Craft Gossip