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