Linoleum or Linocut print making is a technique similar to woodcuts, in which a sheet of linoleum is used for the relief surface. A design is cut into the linoleum surface with a sharp knife, V-shaped chisel or a gouge, with the raised (uncarved) areas to be inked for printing. The linoleum sheet is inked with a roller (called a brayer), and then impressed onto paper or fabric. The printing is done by hand rubbing with a wooden spoon or other tools made for that purpose and can also be done with a press. The traditional way of printing is to cut a separate plate for each color.
Another technique is the reduction method. This is when a multicolored print is made with the use of a single plate. Through a series of progressive cuttings, inkings, and printings, the image slowly emerges while the actual plate is destroyed. A reduction print can therefore never be reprinted.