Linocuts

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A form of relief printing by carving an image in soft linoleum mounted “type high” (.918″) on a block of wood. .918″ is required for letterpress printing. For blocks that are shy of this, you can achieve the needed thickness by pasting thin layers of paper to the back of the block. Blocks should be perfectly flat and smooth without any warp.

Reduction Print

Natalia Moroz

In a reduction print the artist develops all colors from the same block.For each color pass the artist removes more material from the block.Each color in printed on top of the previous. The artist must print theentire edition as he or she works, because the printable area of thesingle block is reduced with each pass.

Lino 1

In this three-color (yellow, green black) image of a sunflower thebackground is to remain white, or the color of the paper.The first step, then, is to carve away all the areas that will remain white.When the carving is complete I print the first color, in this case, yellow.Print more copies of the yellow than you hope to have in the final edition.

This allows for the inevitable mistakes, since you will not be able to print

any additional images once you start carving for the next color pass.

Lino 2
While all of the printed sheets are drying, clean off the block and carve awayall the areas that you want to remain yellow. When the carving is completeand the prints are dry enough, then print the second color, green,

on top of all the yellow prints.

Lino 3Once more clean off the block, carve away all the areas that willremain green, and print the final color, black.Once all the prints are dry sort them, discarding any individual

prints that have significant errors of registration or color.

As a final step sign and number the edition.