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Relief & Multiple Woodcut Reduction

What is Relief Woodcut Reduction?

Relief Reduction is a printmaking technique in which a design is cut into the linoleum or wood surface with a sharp knife, V-shaped chisel or gouge. The raised (uncarved) areas represent a mirrored image of the parts to be printed. The linoleum or wood block is then inked with a brayer and the image is impressed onto paper or fabric when it is rolled through the press. 

With Relief Reduction, one linoleum/wood block is utilized and reduced over and over for each color. Each cutting layer is inked and impressed onto the paper or fabric until the final design is achieved. This process allows for only one unique final block at the end of production and it can not be reproduced for a new edition. 

Multiple Block Reduction has each color is carved on different blocks and can be potentially used for multiple editions.