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Interlochen printmaking class: Day 1

The first day's class just ended at the Interlochen College of Creative Arts summer printmaking class for adults.

The class setup before the first students arrived
We spent nearly 7 hours, with a break for lunch, going through the basic concepts of reduction linocut, from making a precise jig to register the block and the paper, cutting a frame inside the block, transferring the image using tracing paper and a wax pencil, cutting the block, inking it, and taking an edition of prints with each color:

As always, it's great to introduce people to a great printmaking technique, and to something that they haven't tried before.

At the end of the day, we had a small edition of three prints, each one a four-colour reduction linocut. Tomorrow, we'll move on to a slightly bigger block than the 6" x 6" we used today, and maybe introduce some rainbow roll and chine colle into the process.

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