Art Principles and History

Art Fundamentals

What is lithography?

Lithography is a method of printmaking in which the artist draws an image on a smooth, polished stone with a special dense crayon. Ink applied to the surface of the stone clings to the greasy crayon, allowing the lithographer to press the image and make a print. Developed in the late eighteenth century, lithography allows the artist to draw freely, without carving.


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