Saturday, April 19, 2008

Reduction Addiction

My mom has recently become addicted to reduction cut relief printing. She tried relief printing a couple of years ago to create Christmas cards for our printmaking group's card exchange, and while she didn't hate it, it didn't really grab her. We recently had homework to do an insect print, and I'd had a grasshopper photograph that Mom really wanted to try doing a reduction cut of. Here's her process:

Materials: Safety Kut Block 5 3/8" x 4"
Speedball #1 Lino Cutter Assorted blades
Speedball 4" Soft Rubber Brayer
Speedball Water Soluble Block Printing Inks

Step 1: draw picture on tracing paper and rub onto Block
Step 2: remove white highlights and print with a mix of white plus #3045 yellow



Step 3: remove leaf veins and light yellow grasshopper parts and print with a mix of white plus #3412 dark yellow



Step 4: cut away yellow grasshopper parts and print with a mix of #3404 green, #3045 yellow, and #3412 dark yellow



Step 5: cut away all green parts and print with a mixture of #3406 brown, #3407, and #3408 violet

1 comment:

my scattergun approach to art said...

thats a great explanation,thanks :-)
found you through the printmaking group on flickr :-)