A few years ago I made a reduction lino print that I found rather fun.
Here are the steps/process for those wanting to know how it is done.
- Lino cutting tools
- Cardboard (for plate registration)
- Acrylic paint (for painting the plate)
- Oil paint
- Watercolour paper
- scrap paper
- Paint scraper
- Create your image, make a colour scheme sketch
- Cut your lino to size, transfer the image and use a black marker to draw the outline
- Use your acrylic paint to paint the surface of the plate to help you work out what needs to be cut out. (With printing and cleaning of the plate after each colour this will start to fade, you can repaint it back on).
- Cut out your white areas first so that your paper remains white.
- Work from lightest colour to darkest colour. This is a reduction process. So your lighest colour will cover most the plate. Print your first colour yellow.
- Carve out the yellow. Print the next lighest colour. And so on.
|Step 1: Carve out white. Print Yellow.|
|Step 2: Carve out yellow. Print orange/red|
|Step 3: Carve out orange/red and print green/blue|
|Step 4: Carve out green/blue and print dark blue/black|