Susan Jaworski-Stranc

Susan Jaworski-Stranc

Lowell, MA
Antique Milk Bottles II, Strawberry, Reduction Linoleum
18 x 18

“Antique Milk Bottles II, Strawberry” is a reduction linoleum printed on Rives BFK, white in 2009

Materials:
12 inch square Styrofoam, .25 inch thick
12 inch square linoleum mounted on block
Double-sided tape
Litho inks, oil based
Transparent base ink
Lino-cutters, brayers

Image making:
1. Using a brayer, ink linoleum block with dark brown ink.
2. Place printing paper onto inked block. Burnish the back of paper with a wooden spoon until the ink has been offset onto paper.
3. Place double-side tape on the back of Styrofoam and adhere to the cleaned linoleum block. Roll white ink on the Styrofoam surface. Repeat step 2. Let print dry.
4. Remove the taped Styrofoam from the linoleum. Using linoleum cutters, remove areas of linoleum so to expose areas where the previous two colors are located in the original design. Ink the linoleum with a mixture of pink and transparent ink. Repeat step 2. Let print dry.
5. Using linoleum cutters, remove more of the linoleum in the area where the previously printed color, pink, is located in the original design. Ink the linoleum surface with burnt sienna. Repeat step 2. Let print dry.

Repeat step 5 for the color green substituting the words ‘burnt sienna’ for ‘pink’ and ‘green’ for ‘burnt sienna’. Repeat step 2. Let print dry.

Using linoleum cutters, remove areas of linoleum where green is located in original design.
With very little surface of the linoleum remaining, the two colors, black and blue, can be inked and printed simultaneously. Repeat step 2. Let print dry.

IMPORTANT: Each step has to be repeated twenty times* so in the end, a small edition of sixteen prints will be created.

* Note: a small number of prints will be thrown away because of deficiencies which occurred during the printing process.