I love the many processes involved in creating a linocut and enjoy sharing them with others. COVID-19 has prevented me from providing organised workshops this year, but I am always happy to talk through how I create individual pieces with visitors to my studio. Starting from working out how the initial idea/image can be transferred to a lino cut, deciding which technique will be most suitable, carving the lino and then eventually inking up and printing the image in its various layers. The whole process from start to finish can take many days or even weeks sometimes.
The reduction method (my favourite technique) uses a single piece of lino to produce a multi-coloured print. The lino is gradually cut away as each layer is printed and the image emerges. Sometimes, only a very small printable area remains for the final, darkest tone. As the block is essentially destroyed during the process, a reduction print can never be reprinted.