Finding Effective Ink Receiver Ingredient in Image Creation on Aluminum Plate to Replace Red Lacquer in Lithograph Process


Printmaking is an important process in Thailand, as required by many universities’ curriculums as well as Thai artists. Lithograph is rather popular among printmaking techniques. Its process is mainly utilized chemical reaction, however some chemicals are rare, then needed to be imported from foreign countries. The problem are led to “Finding effective ink receiver ingredient in image creation on aluminum plate to replace red lacquer in lithograph process”. Red lacquer is required by lithograph process as it is intermediate ink receiver but it is not produced in Thailand. The objectives of this research are included 1) Study ink receiving ingredients that are cheap and available within Thailand through the experiment. 2) Searching for chemicals that are lease affect health hazard. The research method is incorporated with 1) Reviewing information regarding wax or greasy components in Thailand. 2) Experimenting with black varnish and wax ingredients, as black varnish is the main component due to it is easily found and cheap in Thailand. Melting soy wax, Vaseline, and micro wax altogether by heating, then mixing with turpentine and wiping the plate afterwards as for replacing red lacquer. The results of this research showed that black varnish mixing with soy wax worked best. The 2:1 ratio makes appropriated grease that helps completed line contour and value. Moreover, it is easily washable and its smell is less than red lacquer’s. Findings suggested that its qualities and effectiveness of being replacing red lacquer are the new aspects that benefits printmaking learning and creation in Thailand.

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Donruethai Chlomruk, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Thailand

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Conference: ACAH2019
Stream: Arts - Visual Arts Practices

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