Lithography with Peter Lancaster

How lucky was I to get to do a full day lithography workshop with Peter Lancaster on the weekend. It was exhilarating, in part because I could focus on the one thing all day AND have something to show for it, so I guess I was enthusiastic just walking out the door without my usual entourage.

Peter brought with him some exquisite examples of lithography, which you can view on his site. First he demonstrated techniques for drawing the image onto the aluminium plate and we all had a go. I forgot about not touching the printable area with my hands, so you can see a ghost in my print that looks remarkably like the side of my hand. I need to hone my crayon-drawing chops to achieve the beautiful tonal qualities of James Pasakos. Preparing and printing our plates was very involved and I won’t try to explain the process here, except to say that I now have a very clear idea of just how much is involved in achieving a great litho print, and huge admiration for the printmakers and artists that can do it so masterfully.

So here’s the first, but certainly not my last attempt at Lithography.

The print is a response to Lyle Lovett’s ‘If I had a boat’. A favourite song of mine and my dad’s. I’m working on a linocut of the same image so stay tuned.

Related Images:


This Nude I did in May last year, as part of TAFE. I’ve heard this method described as ‘Javanese Painterly Method’.

Whatever it’s called, it was introduced to me by Anita Laurence. It involves carving simple lines into board (such as MDF), then painting onto the board with Acrylics (for the fast drying time), and then hand burnishing the paper on the board to pick up the print. So it’s a painterly printmaking method.

reclining nude
Reclining Nude - Emma Jones 2010

Exhibition at Indigo Vineyard

I’m very excited to be showing some of my prints at Indigo Vineyard near Beechworth until the end of February. All prints are for sale. Each month Indigo showcases a local artist’s work, and they have plenty of events coming up, including open mic sessions. Their ‘taste experience’ is definitely something to try…

“ If you’re looking for an outrageously fun way to get some wine education under your belt, try the ‘Ultimate Taste Experience’ at the Indigo Wine Company, just out of Beechworth. Suited to between two and eight people, this is a ‘wine flight’ that uses the internationally recongnised Jean Lenoir ‘Le Nez Du Vin’ tasting kit, designed to improve your understanding of wine bouquet. This is one of the most thoroughly enjoyable cellar door experiences around, and at the end of the session you also get to take home a boxed Riedel wine glass – in itself, a ridiculously good deal that entirly justifies the $20 fee.”
– Jacqui Durrant (essentials magazine summer 2008/2009)