Julio Rodriguez, Coordinator
Details of [Baren Exchange #44]
Medium: woodblock print (hand rubbed or pulled on a press, B&W or colour, any pigments, any paper)
Technique: Three Color Reduction
Paper: Chuban about 10 x 7.5 inches (25.5 x 19cm)
Welcome to Exchange #44 !!!This Baren exchange is open theme but required that participants use a technique called reduction. Reduction block printing is used for multicolor printing and has been credited to Pablo Picasso as it's originator. Reduction prints get their name because you carve away or 'reduce' your block for each new color. The standard process calls for you to carve away a little and print all your prints in the edition in the lightest color, then carve away some more and print all your prints in the next lightest color, carve some more and print in a darker color yet, and so on. It's important to take in consideration that you can't go back and print more of a previous color after you start carving for the next! Because of this 'minor' detail reduction prints are sometimes referred to as 'suicide' prints. The technique ensures that you will always be making a limited edition.
The print folio includes a variety of subjects and challenging techique. A big thank you to all those artists who participated in this exchange and to those that sent additional money, postage or a gift print. Thank you so very very much !
I would also like to thank our Baren Exchange managers, Kristine Alder and Mary Kuster, for their behind the scenes dedication to our exchange program, their guidance and for their long list of contributions to our Baren group.
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