Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Reductive Printing ~ learning and playing
I've been carving and creating my own stamps for a long time. I've done monoprinting (monotypes) with lots of layers, but I've never done reductive printing before. So I'm playing and learning!
definition: "A reduction print is a multicolor print in which the separate colors printed from the same block at different stages. Usually, the lightest color of the design is printed first, then the block is "reduced" by carving to the areas which the artist wants to print the second color from, and so forth. The disadvantage of reduction printing as opposed to printing from multiple blocks is that once the first color is printed, the matrix for it is destroyed in the creation of the printing matrix for the second color. It is impossible to undo mistakes."
Right now, I'm not over thinking the design, because I just want to learn the basic process.
(Of course, when have you known me to over think anything! haha!)
So, I'm excited to do a series of Mexican inspired tiles. My primary colors are pretty darn bright, so my next step will be mixing my colors and really thinking about the finished colors and how they will layer on top each other.
I'll keep you posted!
Have you done reductive printing?