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SFCB | Paper Lithography online workshop

July 29, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Hosted/Organized by: San Francisco Center for the Book

July 29th, 2021 4:00 PM

  • Instructor: Laimah Osman
  • Workshop Type: Arts
  • Workshop Status: Open
  • Workshop Start: July 29th, 2021 4:00 PM
  • Workshop End: July 29th, 2021 7:00 PM
  • Sessions: 1

This is a single session online workshop.

In paper lithography, also known as gum arabic transfer, a Xerox photocopy acts as a “plate” that gets inked and printed. Oil-based printmaking ink is applied to the treated paper, the toner areas hold ink, while the blank areas hold moisture and repel the ink. In this workshop, the instructor will demonstrate this multi-step process and help students troubleshoot their own work at home.

This is a relatively low toxic way to make prints at home using natural gum arabic. It is a versatile process, great for layering photographic images, illustrations and text (anything you can photocopy) onto your handmade prints in any color that you can mix. Through experimentation and layering you can make beautiful one of a kind prints of your own.

Students are encouraged to design and photocopy or laser print their own letter-size “plates”; the most foolproof plan is to go to a UPS or FedEx Kinkos and use the Xerox machines. Sometimes different toners can yield different results. To ensure that everyone has enough workable material, all students will receive an envelope containing several Xerox copies of the Instructor’s designs to experiment with.

Expect some failures and some successes!



July 29, 2021
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm


CA United States