Bloomfield out and about: A little bit of Litho

This week has been a print frenzy for Bloomfield. After the inspiration of Small Town Ink I headed home to Leicester and enjoyed a great day learning photo plate lithography with (hugely knowledgable) Serena Smith at Leicester Print Workshop.

I've previously dipped my toes in the water with stone lithography (again with Serena), before realising the time involved and the 100 miles between me and a workshop with facilities made it pretty impractical to persue. Whereas working on a stone is a labour of love, photo plate provides instant gratification and results - you can knock up a plate in minutes and be printing very soon after. Most people in the class worked with photographic imagery, but I, hoping to replicate the wonderful textures of my previous lithographic adventures, did some quick drawings on film which I then exposed onto a plate. 

Serena inking up

Serena inking up

Ta da!

Ta da!

My arboreal themed plates!

My arboreal themed plates!

I'm thrilled with the results and inspired to return for a day soon to get an edition going. Just don't ask me to explain how lithography works... I still consider it some kind of dark magic.