Reduction Print Japanese woodcut

As a demonstration print during the workshop I just finished teaching, I made this:


I used one of Karen’s dead bird images, cropped it to fit a small woodblock, carved away everything that is white, then printed the orange, then carved everything that I wanted to remain orange, then printed the red, then carved away what I wanted to remain red, then printed the purple.


This is the first time that I’ve tried using the reduction technique combined with Japanese woodblock. I enjoyed how the transparent watercolors layered and also how the registration marks directly carved into the block made lining up the layers simple and easy.

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