Aesir Lithographic Prints

Posted by Jon

Beautiful color prints by Tom Hingston Studio for Danish mobile phone brand Æsir. Working at Edition Copenhagen during a two week residency, Hingston produced 100 copies each of these lithographic prints for potential customers. Creative Review has a detailed write-up of the entire process:

Lithographic printing dates back to 1796 when Alois Senefelder discovered a way of printing from stone. Lithographic ink is applied directly to polished stone from where it is transferred to the paper. Each colour requires a new stone, so the process is both slow and very expensive but does produce incredibly vibrant colours.

I really wish I could see these in person. I’ve done some screen printing and letterpress for my projects and have been pretty happy with the results, but I’ve never tried lithography. Anybody with lithographic experience care to share their thoughts?

via Creative Review

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SK says:

June 16, 2011 at 1:14 am

These are quite amazing Jon. I attempted lithographic printing on zinc plates years ago and found it fairly difficult to produce a consistent image. But even so the end result was always interesting.


Jon says:

June 16, 2011 at 11:34 pm

@SK – Thanks for sharing your experience; that’s good to know. Sounds like it could be fun to experiment with on a side project.


Danny says:

June 17, 2011 at 8:37 am

I did a bunch of litho prints in one of my classes and it is a very amazing process. It is quite beautiful. I still haven’t attempted a multicolor litho though.

I really love the offset-ness of the second print. It’s wonderful. The things you can do with CMYK are great.


Jon says:

June 17, 2011 at 5:53 pm

@Danny – I agree. I’ve always been sloppy when registering my screen prints, but I think those little imperfections are what make the process so appealing to me in the first place.


clip4food says:

June 24, 2011 at 9:10 pm

please, somebody can tell how the type and shapes are made into the stone? i have seen many litography videos, but most of them shown pencil draws, and I am more interested about the typographic work in the posters above…

Beautifull post, sorry for my bad english, long time fan of the blog, first time posting a comment.