Reduction Block Printing With Softcut

Start with a sketch for the block print.
Scan the sketch into Photoshop to add text. The image prints in reverse so invert the work, especially with text. Use transfer paper to trace your design onto the block. Tape the design before you begin to trace Carve out everything that is white in the print. What you remove will not print.
Trace the outline of the block onto the paper, this is the Registration Sheet. Line up both the registration sheet and the paper for each print during this multistep process. Roll out the lightest color on the bench hook. Pull the roller down then pick it up and pull from the top again, not just back and forth. Roll the ink onto the block.
Register the papers and pull the print. Make multiple copies, this is why printmaking is awesome. Wash off materials. Carve out everything that should remain yellow. What you remove will not print. Roll out the next color, register the papers and pull the print.
Last step, carve out everything that should remain green. What you remove will not print. Roll out the next color, register the papers and pull the print. Each final print is consider to be an original due to minor variation of in the printing process.
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