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Available Limited Edition Etchings
|What is an Etching?
the artist puts an acid-
resistant "ground" on a metal
plate and then draws on the
plate to expose the metal.
The plate is then put in an
acid bath to dissolve the
exposed metal. This process
can be repeated multiple
times to achieve various
effects of light and dark.
During this process, the artist
may run several "state" prints
to gauge the effects. Once
the artist is satisfied with the
result, several Artist's Proofs
are run to use as a guide to
the consistency for the
edition. The artist must ink the
plate individually for each
print and the plate is run
through a heavy press one
at a time to create the
resulting "intaglio" print.
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YES! Because each etching is inked and printed by hand, subtle differences exist between each
print in the edition. As a result, each individual etching is an original work of art.
WHAT IS A LIMITED EDITION PRINT?
Etchings are generally created on copper, zinc, or steel-faced metal plates. Because the plate
must run under the heavy pressure of the printing press for each print created, the plates wear
down slightly with each print. As a result, only a limited number of prints can be created from
the plate and still maintain uniformity of the edition, or number of prints created. It is up to
the artist to determine the size of any edition, or if an edition is run at all. When the plate is
significantly compromised by wear, or the artist no longer wishes to print from the plate, the
plate is usually "cancelled." This is done by drawing lines or otherwise defacing the plate.
WHAT DO THE NOTATIONS "A/P" and "16/100" MEAN?
When an artist decides to run an edition, a proof print is created. The proof is used as a guide to
uniformity of the prints in the edition. A/P means Artist's Proof. If more than one Artist's Proof
is created it generally will be no more than 10% more than the complete edition. Most artists
will number the prints in an edition. For example, 16/100 simply means that the individual print
is number 16 of 100 prints in the edition. However, this does not necessarily mean it was the
16th print pulled. Sometimes prints are spoiled in the printing process or do not accurately
match the artist's proof. This numerical indication is written in pencil in the bottom margin of
the print. If there are no edition numbers, then the edition is an open edition.