Four Color Reduction Linocut: Rabbit Meadow

Rabbit Meadow  4×4 Reduction Linocut (4 color)

Video Tutorials

Tutorial videos for both watercolor and printmaking are posted on my youtube channel. I’ve enjoyed sharing photos of experiments in printmaking, painting and mixed media drawing on this blog for a decade, and I’ll continue to do this, but it’s time to add moving images! Step by step progress is much more detailed, as are the methods, art supplies and the progression.

Inspired to Try it

Moving images are suited for a visual audience.  If you want to try printmaking, but aren’t sure how to embark on a new creative adventure, visit my channel.  The video of this four-color reduction linocut – Rabbit Meadow – printed without a press can be seen here.

Printing the last color – a semi transparent blue-black
Printing the third color – very transparent neutral gray
Just one color on the left (and a faint ink stain from the drawing
on the block) and on the right – after printing the second color –
a very transparent yellow ochre (Akua)
Wire closet shelf & clothes pins drying rack; the 1st color

First color of Rabbit Meadow linocut (in a cardboard registration jig)


Click here to see the video of this reduction linocut in process (Two Days reduced to 5 minutes)

Art Quote:
The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them — words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they’re brought out. But it’s more than that, isn’t it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you’ve said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That’s the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a teller but for want of an understanding ear.
Stephen King – Different Seasons

5 thoughts on “Four Color Reduction Linocut: Rabbit Meadow”

  1. Pingback: How to Make a Linocut with the Reduction Method - Belinda Del Pesco

  2. Hi Belinda!

    Thank you so much for this video, Actually the first time I tried a reduction linocut I didn’t use the registration method, so I just basically “eyed”…bad idea…

    But after seeing your video I was able to make a decent enough registration method, so the second try is going a bit better, you can see it here if you like:

    Thanks again for the great videos, I had never even considered printmaking until I came across your channel youtube and it has been a great inspiration for me :).

  3. Hi Belinda,

    I thought I’d said that I love this,but I think I get confused with Facebook. I do love it. I love the mystery and magic feel of it.

    XOXOXOXO Barbara

  4. Hi Dan, Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate your encouragement. It’ll take me awhile to work the kinks out of this video stuff, especially talking in front of the camera and editing, but I’ll wrestle it till I get it. When you do try a linocut, send me any questions you have along the way. 🙂

  5. Your Youtube video popped up on my subscription favorites list this morning. Your most professionally made to date. Thanks for showing the printing with the spoon, egg, etc.! 🙂 Great info. Very fast – a lot there. There will be a lot of stops, pauses, and backing up when I am finally ready to try this. Thank you!! I’ve truly enjoyed following your videos.

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