Wow! It HAS been a long time since I posted. I haven’t had much time for art lately, due to History Day and a couple of recent teaching gigs. But today, I sat down to work on a reduction print project. Reduction printing is when you carve a print block from whatever media you like to use – for me, it’s a soft-block substance called PZ Kut. You carve your design into it.
Then you make a print.
After that, you carve a bit more from the block, make another print over the top of the previous print, and repeat for as many colors as you are using (mine will be 3 colors plus the colored paper background.) The sad thing about reduction blocks is that when you’re done, you only have the most recent stage, so it’s very much a limited-edition process. Tune in later as I work through the next couple of prints!
The subject is a beautiful piece of kelp that commonly grows off the coast of California.