How to Make a Linocut with the Reduction Method

Multi-color linocut in soft colors of a woman sitting in an overstuffed chair with a book in her lap
a reduction linocut portrait of a girl with a book
In Between Chapters, 6 x 6 Reduction Linocut (available here)

Linocut Print in 6 Colors with the Reduction Method

I’ve just posted a new video tutorial showing how to make a linocut in the reduction method.

Adding a color map to a linoleum block, and sealing it on the surface with minwax laquer.

Steps to Make a 6-color Reduction Linocut

This video (below) is an intermediate to advanced demo. If you’re just beginning to learn about linoleum block printing, and you’re looking for linocut ideas, visit this post about setting up a photo session to design your own still life linocuts.

I’d also recommend this playlist of relief print tutorials, which includes a tutorial on two-color linocut, and an overview of the simple set up for carving that I use in my studio.

Reduction Linocut tutorial with 6 colors, printed without a press

Audiobooks in the Studio

In the meantime, while working on this print, I listened to a great book by Anthony Doerr – called All the Light We Cannot See. I recommend this beautiful book for anyone interested in likable, endearing characters, the history of France during World War II, or fiction written in beautifully descriptive, visual prose.

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After a little more carving, the linocut plate is ready to be inked with another color
pulling a reduction linocut
Ready to print the next color on a 6-color reduction linocut. There’s more details below…

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Make a Linocut with the Reduction Method

Here’s the process video (<- Click the link) for the print at the top of this post.

Give it a go, and let me know if you have any questions by leaving them here in the comments, or in the comments on youtube under the video window.

If you want to try something a little simpler, here is a video tutorial with just 4 colors, also using the reduction method, and printed without a press.

This post covers a reduction woodcut portrait, with a list of resources related to relief printmaking.

One way to add interesting pattern to your linocut is with hand-carved rubber stamps as a pattern-creator. This post demonstrates that approach with a 2-color linocut.

Have you ever made a linocut or woodcut before? Are you familiar with relief printmaking process and supplies?

Don’t be nervous to give it a twirl… it’s a lot of un, and very satisfying.

C’mon, you’re going to love it!

Thanks for visiting, and I’ll see you in the next post!

Belinda

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Art Quote

I have been feeling very clearheaded lately and what I want to write about today is the sea. It contains so many colors. Silver at dawn, green at noon, dark blue in the evening. Sometimes it looks almost red. Or it will turn the color of old coins. Right now the shadows of clouds are dragging across it, and patches of sunlight are touching down everywhere. White strings of gulls drag over it like beads.

It is my favorite thing, I think, that I have ever seen. Sometimes I catch myself staring at it and forget my duties. It seems big enough to contain everything anyone could ever feel.

Werner, writing to his little sister Jutta in All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

5 thoughts on “How to Make a Linocut with the Reduction Method”

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  2. @colleen – thanks so much for the feedback. I’m really sorry for the low-audio. I’m investigating that this week, trying to determine where the technical glitch happened during the upload to youtube. Thanks for your patience while we figure it out. 🙂

  3. Really enjoyed your video and learned a lot. One thing, the audio on the demonstration was much lower than the introduction and, having a hearing deficit it was difficult for me to hear your instruction, even pumping the volume all the way. Thanks for sharing your technique.

  4. You are amazing. Love this.
    My computer won’t let me see the video. Sad. But I will figure that out. Oh Yes!

    Love your work, and your generous offerings. The book sounds great.

    XOXOXOXOXO Barbara

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