Walter Buttrick

Walter Buttrick

Norwalk, CT
Bamboo, 8 Color Reduction Linocut
18 x18

“Bamboo” was created as an 8 color reduction linocut, a technique which utilizes a single linoleum block that is progressively carved away for each additional color. This process is often referred to as “suicide printing” because the total run must be printed and a single mistake on a color down will ruin the entire edition. Color progression is typically lightest to darkest. For this print, transparency medium was blended with the oil based inks used to develop subtle color gradations and increased depth of color. Additionally, some of the random cutting marks were allowed to print to add to the desired achievement of a painterly effect. An etching press and a registration chase constructed from Masonite were used in the production of this print, however, equally intense results can be achieved by hand rubbing.