How to Make a Two Color Reduction Linocut

While rolling out dough for apple pie, I’m feeling a lot of gratitude. So, I want to give something back – here is a How To video on making a Two Color Reduction linocut print.

The required solitude of making now has a lovely balance of communion through the internet and social media.  How lucky are we?

I’m grateful for the people and the technology that make it possible to participate in this online community of artists and art lovers.

Thank you, kind people, for reading, subscribing, sharing, commenting and encouraging me on this creative journey.

how to make a linocut
Transferring the layout from the sketch (above) to the linoleum using the grid method
process for two color linocut prints
Adding black marker & graphite to mark areas for gray ink (the first print) and black ink (printed on top of the gray after more of the plate is removed).
two color reduction printmaking process
After printing the gray, I took notes on a print before carving more for the layer of black ink.
making a two color print
Pulling the print, after pressing black ink over the gray ink.

A New Linocut Printmaking Video for You

I posted a new video to demonstrate the process for this linocut, and you can see it below. (If you don’t see a video window, you can watch the demonstration here.)

How to Make a Two Color Reduction Linocut Video Tutorial

The encouraging support I feel from each and every one of you keeps my art supplies moving.

I’m excited to share a line up of experiments from the studio in the coming months. Tell me what you have in the work these days?

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

Belinda

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Pie Inspectors 9.25×7.25 two color linocut Available in my Etsy Shop

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14 thoughts on “Two Color Reduction Relief Print Linocut Tutorial Video”

  1. I have saved up time to watch these! Just wonderful designs and such a clearly communicated set of videos for the two and the four-color printing! Thank so so kindly for sharing this with your community Belinda! Have a very Happy New Year.

    1. Hi Mary-Liz! I feel like a plate of cookies saved for couch time with a movie! 🙂 Thanks so much for your enthusiastic feedback, and your encouragement. I hope you have many happy hours of linocut printmaking!

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  4. Belinda, thanks so much for creating this video, your blog and your lovely prints! I’m wondering why you used Akua MagMix as an ink stiffener for the gray and not for the black?

  5. Love this! Happy Thanksgiving. I am grateful to know you through this wonderful community — you express that so well. Your blog and your work are a constant inspiration, and I love both.

    XOXOXOXOXO Barbara

  6. Belinda, thank you so much for this video. I couldn’t believe you printed it with a spoon and eyeball registration. The technique is stunning, and the scene depicted is lovely. The cat on the video made me smile, it’s like a companion scene to the pie making.

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