Graining the stone is an integral part of the lithographic process. The graining process erases the previous image on the stone, levels and prepares the surface to receive a new image. Different grade carborundum grits and a levigator/ another piece of limestone are used in the graining process.
Many lithographers find themselves mesmerized with the grit patterns and suction marks that the graining process leaves behind, and I was no different.Conceptually, the idea of creating an image through the process of erasure fascinated me.
It took years of experimentation to figure out a way to chemically stabilize the carborundum image onto the limestone in order to produce multiples. The lithographic prints below came about from my experimentations with the graining process in stone lithography.