Updated: May 16
Multi-plates lino printing, an easy way to vary the atmosphere of a print by changing the colour if the ink while printing...
When we meet, you often ask questions about prints with several colours... We have already discussed about the reduction printmaking technique when the same block is carved several times and that the inks are applied successively on top of the other from light to dark…
We also have talked about the jigsaw technique when the block is cut to pieces. Each piece is inked separately with a different colour ; the block is then pieced back together and printed in one go.
Here is a third way of making prints with several colours, by carving as many plates as desired colours.
As always, precision is key to avoid misalignment… and a lot of patience is needed to carve all the blocks!
By doing so, it is easy to change the atmosphere of a print… Here are two examples...
Spring from day to night…
The forest in spring and in autumn…
Do you have a favourite version? Do not hesitate to comment!
In further articles, we will discuss about the colours obtained by printing transparent layers on top of each other, as well as of a fun technique to print several colours in one go with a rainbow roll… Stay tuned!
These prints are part of the project 'A sense of place' which you can see by clicking here.
Find here more behind the scenes blog posts about printmaking:
Combining water based and oil based inks including metallic inks. Playing with different kinds of printmaking inks.
Printing in several colours with the jigsaw technique. Printmaking is a game: jigsaw printing
Reduction printing : printing several coulours by carving and printing several times the same block. The printmaker and the taste for risk taking : the reduction printing process
Reduction printmaking. From sketch to print, the journey of 'retour de plage'
Monochrome printing. The process of relief printmaking: to see the world upside down?