Cat Reduction Linocut Video by Ingeborg Leeftink

Ingeborg Leeftink, from the Netherlands, is working on a series of ten colorful cat lino prints. One of her most recent prints is a reduction linocut with eight layers. In this YouTube video, Ingeborg, whose studio is called Borgart, shows how the individual layers build up to form the final image.

You’ll notice in the video that she uses the pin method of registering her prints to make sure that each layer is aligned correctly. The lino print image measures 19 x 19 cm and is part of a limited edition of 12 prints on Somerset 300 gsm paper. You can see more of Ingeborg’s work and process at her website and Etsy store.

Self-Portrait Lino Print by Steve Bennett

Steve Bennett, aka Jagger Studio, is a graphic designer, artist and printmaker in Leeds, who did this linocut self-portrait for his new business card design. It’s a reduction print with four colors: orange, yellow, sky blue, and a darker blue. He made a mask on the linoleum block with tape to print the orange background, and I really like the effect that layer adds to the overall image.

Lino Print self-Portrait by steve Bennett

Lino Print self-Portrait by steve Bennett

Steve wrote a recent blog post about his method, which I encourage you to read. It’s useful if you want to learn a bit about masking and using an iPad in planning a print.

creating a mask on the Linoleum block

creating a mask on the Linoleum block

You can see other versions of Steve’s self-portrait on Instagram. He’s also done some excellent portraits of musicians like Thom Yorke and David Bowie.

Photos Courtesy of Steve Bennett

Koi Fish Reduction Linocut Print by China

San Francisco-based artist, China, wrote a nice blog post about her step-by-step process of making a reduction linocut print. When you see a finished reduction print it can be hard to deconstruct it in your head and figure out how it was made. She documented the many steps with photographs, which helps visualize this printmaking technique. Printmakers who want to try this method of making multi-color prints will find this helpful.

Five-Color Koi Fish Reduction Linocut Print by China

Five-Color Koi Fish Reduction Linocut Print by China

She started off by drawing her koi fish design on the linoleum block with a Sharpie. China’s print has five colors, which were printed in the following order: yellow, orange, red, a blue gradient roll, and black. The limited edition of ten prints was made on Rives BFK paper.

Check out China’s blog post for more details about making this reduction linocut, as well as her website, which has galleries of her work.

Photos courtesy of China