Cathie Crawford

Cathie Crawford

Peoria, IL
Resonant Reflection II, Color Reduction Woodcut
18 x 24

“Resonant Reflection II” is a color reduction woodcut made in 2010.

My printing matrix, one piece of ¼” luan mahogany, was “reduced” (cut away) in numerous stages to produce a multicolored relief print on Natsume rice paper. I applied oil based relief ink to the surface of the wood with brayers and litho roller, frequently using “rainbow” (blended) rolls of multiple colors. Using Mylar stencils, I worked reductively within given shapes within the image. After six runs with stencils, some wood was cut away using Japanese gouges. After the first color of a shape was printed, all areas which were to remain this color in the finished image were cut away. The block was inked and printed in the next color depositing ink over the first color except in the newly cut areas. This process was repeated until the image was complete. Forty-seven colors were printed in sixteen “runs” through the press to capture the ambiguity of the resonant reflections in my water garden.