Reductive Color Prints

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Unlike normal color printing using multiple printing plates (a different printing plate for each color), reductive color prints are made from a single plate. You first make the design for the background color and print that color, then make the design for the second color and print that color, then make the design for the third color and print that color, and so on. Reductive printing makes alignment of designs and colors easier, but thinking and planning ahead are required, because if you make a mistake there’s no going back. Shown are Picasso reductive woodcut and linoleum prints. In the right print, you can see the grain from the wood in the upper left and the bottom white.

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