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

Etched Linoleum Reduction Print by Sarah Whorf

I was really intrigued when printmaker, Sarah Whorf, mentioned her linoleum etching experiments. Not only does she etch linoleum blocks, she combines the process with reduction printing. Sarah is a Professor of Art at Humboldt State University in California and this is a recent print she made using the technique.

In order to etch the linoleum plate, she brushes on a wax stop-out and uses oven cleaner spray to etch into the linoleum block. The wax resists the cleaner so those areas are not etched away. She has posted a couple useful videos on Instagram that demonstrate her process - putting the wax on the lino block and a video of the work in progress.

Check out Sarah’s website to see more of her work, as well as a peek into her print studio.

Photo courtesy of Sarah Whorf

Jill Bergman's Lilies Linocut with Gouache

Jill Bergman is a Steamboat Springs, Colorado-based printmaker and illustrator. She recently finished this wonderful Lilies linocut, which is printed on 16” x 24” Rives BFK paper.


After printing the black floral image with Gamblin Relief Ink from a carved linoleum block, she painted the flowers and butterflies with gouache. I really like the striking contrast between the rich, black ink and the colorful accents. Since the black ink is oil-based, it doesn’t run when painted. If you’d like to watch Jill’s printmaking techniques, check out her Instagram feed where she demonstrated the carving and painting of the lilies.

Lilies was made in an edition of 20 prints and is part of a series of garden flower prints Jill is creating - right now she’s working on an Echinacea piece. You can see much more of Jill’s work on her website.

Photos courtesy of Jill Bergman