Woodcuts and Linocuts

These images are printed from carved linoleum. Moroccan Tea and  Julia are multi-block prints in which the key block was developed first. A key block has the most visual information and is usually the darkest color. The image was then offset printed onto other blocks to align the images correctly. Magnolia and Key is a reduction linocut. This method begins with printing the lightest color, recarving from the same block, then overprinting a slightly darker color. The block is reduced as each color is printed. The reduction print has sometimes been called “kamikaze” printing because there is no going back. Pablo Picasso developed this method. It is fun to try different color palettes. By having several blocks, the artist can experiment indefinitely with numerous ink and paper color combinations.

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