At this moment in my artistic development it is all about Learning New Skills. To help me along I have taken several online classes. One of them being a class called THE DRAWN PRINT from The Royal Drawing School, London.
These are prints made in week 3 – where we focused on reduction prints.
Reduction lino prints are printed from one piece of lino, cutting it again for each new colour in your design. All the prints for an edition have to be printed before you move on to the next colour because once the lino is recut you can’t make any more. The technique is a great way to produce a multi coloured print from one block. However, as you ‘reduce’ the lino you can’t get it back and reprint the colour – hence being also known as the ‘suicide print!’
For me the most difficult part of the process was to get print two to line up perfectly with print one. Even if I had a registration form, not all of my prints are good enough matches.
I love the craft involved in the process, and the naïve look of the final prints. And I really love the fact that I can make something like this at home, in my own studio without any printing press!