What is Lithography?

Lithography is a printing process. It has been used to decorate toys made of both wood and metal. In lithography, a flat stone or metal plate is engraved to contain the designs to be printed. Each color in a lithographed item is added in a separate step. For example, a red, white, and blue lithographed flag would be printed in three steps.

Lithography uses INK to provide its color, not paints. Skillful artists can design lithographic artwork to overlap colors, making more colors appear in the final item than were used to make it; they could, for example, use a blue ink on top of a yellow ink to produce a green color on a toy.

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