Printmaking: Reduction Woodcut (part 1 of 2) ONLINE TUESDAY MORNING begins 10.4


This ONLINE course is an introduction to reduction woodcut printmaking.

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Reduction Woodcut – monochromatic (part 1 of 2)

  • Teacher: Nikki Barber
  • Class Length: 4 Weeks
  • Class Days: Tuesdays
    Oct 4, 11, 25, Nov 1 (does not meet Oct 18)
  • Time: 9:30 – 1:30 pm PDT

This course is an introduction to reduction woodcut printmaking, by hand. Learn to employ safe relief cutting techniques, use oil-based inks, and generate original prints with multiple color layers using a monochromatic palette – all from a single block. Students will learn how to design, carve, and print anywhere from 2 to 10 layers of color, using this technique from their home studios.

This is an ONLINE class.

All levels welcome.

Materials List 

Paper to print on (around 9×12”)

Kitakata natural or hosho white paper (other papers designed for sumi ink will work great, too!)


Mixed media paper (smooth and thin)


Oil-based inks (at minimum 1 color – preferably 2, though 1 color + transparent base is desired)

Woodcut tools or linocut tools (woodcut tools work for both wood and linoleum, while most linocut tools work only for linoleum)

Wood blocks or linoleum blocks approximately 6×8” (whatever you can get access to)

Brayer / roller (less than 6”)

Small speedy cut scrap OR a large eraser (pink, white, etc) for testing overall process.

Palette knife, plastic putty tool, silicon spatula, flexible knife (get creative if you can’t find the first option)

Glass jar (base should fit in palm of hand), wooden spoon, metal spoon, or barren, etc

Pad of newsprint (for drying and flattening prints)

waxed paper sheet / newsprint / copy paper (optional)

matte board, chipboard, stiff materials cut to at least 9×12” (optional)

Ink modifiers (burnt plate oil or linseed oil) (optional)


For cleanup:

veggie oil or baby oil

paper towels, old rags (be resourceful here)

degreaser (can be diluted rubbing alcohol, soapy water, baby wipes – avoid solvents!)


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