Hibiscus Reduction Print
Beautiful handmade cotton paper.
• Sheet size: Approx. 5.8" x 8.3" (A5)
• Grade: Approx. 200gsm
• Finish: Medium/smooth, with a fine tooth
• Colour: Dark Green.
This print is inspired by one of the many beautiful flowers that grow around the island of Kauai where I live. There will only be a few prints listed here, since this is a limited edition of only 15 prints, I'd like to provide these pieces on island at markets and share the process of these prints with those I meet.
Every single one of my prints is hand-printed and not a reproduction.
This print is a multi-color/ layer print. It is called a reduction print. There are many different printmaking techniques.
Traditional printmaking techniques include relief printing, lithography, intaglio printing, and screen printing. At the moment, I prefer linocut printmaking which is a type of relief printing. All of my prints are created using this process.
First I start by drawing the image desired to carve onto a block of linoleum. Areas to remain the color of the surface being printed on are carved from the block first. Then the ink is rolled onto the uncut surface of the block. I then lay the paper on top of the block, first attaching the tabs that hold the paper in place so that each time I lay down the paper the image is transferred with complete registration. When the paper has been removed the image then appears in reverse. In this case, this process is repeated as many times as needed to create the image desired with many different colors. Removing/cutting away each area desired to retain the color used. Each layer of color is taken away from the same linoleum block. The linoleum at the end of the process is almost completely carved away. Meaning you are never truly able to create the image made from this one block again. Always starting with the lightest and ending with the darkest color.