Tarlatan is a kind of stiff cheese cloth that is used by printmakers to wipe off the excess ink of intaglio plates before printing. I like to use it, however, as a collage material for my collithos.

For this series I stitched a piece of tarlatan to a polyester lithography plate, adding some circles. I then cut away the inside of the circles and inserted smaller circles that I cut from other fabrics.

For inking I used a wide litho roll, making sure to sufficiently wet the plate beforehand. The fabrics picked up the ink whereas the background of wet litho material resisted the ink.

The plates were inked and printed several times and, as always, I wasn’t interested in the prints, but the printing plate instead.


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