Fantasie

Fantasie by Heather Page, relief print, wax grattage, frottage, and drawing on aluminum-gilded mulberry paper, 60 inches x 11 inches

Title: Fantasie
Media: Wax grattage and encaustic on aluminum-gilded mulberry paper
Size: 60”h x 11”w
Edition: 1/1
 
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Fantasie by Heather Page, detail of back, relief print,  frottage, and drawing on aluminum-gilded mulberry paper, 60 inches x 11 inches

Title: Fantasie, back
Media: Relief print, rubbing, and drawing on aluminum-gilded mulberry paper
Size: 60”h x 11”w
Edition: 1/1

detail views

Fantasie by Heather Page, detail of front, wax grattage, and painting on aluminum-gilded mulberry paper, 60 inches x 11 inches

Title: Detail of the front of Fantasie
Media: Wax grattage and encaustic on aluminum-gilded mulberry paper
Size: 60”h x 11”w

Fantasie by Heather Page, detail of front, wax grattage, and painting on aluminum-gilded mulberry paper, 60 inches x 11 inches

Title: Detail of the front of Fantasie
Media: Wax grattage and encaustic on aluminum-gilded mulberry paper
Size: 60”h x 11”w

Fantasie by Heather Page, detail of back, relief print, frottage, and drawing on aluminum-gilded mulberry paper, 60 inches x 11 inches

Title: Detail of the back of Fantasie
Media: Relief print, rubbing, and drawing on aluminum-gilded mulberry paper
Size: 60”h x 11”w

installation views

Reverb installation 3 by Heather Page

Title: Reverb 3, front view
Media: Etching, relief print, rubbing, wax grattage, gilding, and drawing on mulberry paper

Reverb installation 3 by Heather Page

Title: Reverb 3, front view
Media: Etching, relief print, rubbing, wax grattage, gilding, and drawing on mulberry paper

Serenade by Heather Page, detail image 1, etching and relief print on aluminum-gilded mulberry paper, 72 inches x 18.25 inches
 
Title: Reverb 3, back view
Media: Etching and wax grattage on aluminum-gilded mulberry paper

process

Fantasie is a unique relief print, wax grattage, rubbing, and drawing on aluminum-gilded mulberry paper made from one carved and woodburned sheet of pine plywood and two sets of laser-engraved birch woodblocks, with a little encaustic painting on top.

 

Gilding is the application of very thin sheets of metal (called leaf) to a surface.
 
For this piece, I glued aluminum leaf to mulberry paper using a special adhesive and then burnished it flat.
 
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We make relief prints by rolling ink over the surface of an object, placing a piece of paper on top, and transferring the ink to the paper with pressure.
 
For this piece, I rolled white ink over three woodblocks laser-engraved with an image of bark damaged by bugs. The holes they ate into the wood form an interesting dot pattern that looks like dappled light.
 
I then lined up the blocks on a massive 11′ by 6′ etching press, lay the print face-up on top, and ran the pile through the press. The pressure transferred the ink to the back of paper, making a mirror image of the blocks.
 
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Fantasie by Heather Page, detail of front, wax grattage, and painting on aluminum-gilded mulberry paper, 60 inches x 11 inchesGrattage (from the French verb gratter, meaning to scratch) is a technique that involves scratching away layers to reveal what’s underneath. All of the black imagery on the front of Fantasie is grattage.
 
I coat a gilded print with a wax mixture, place it on a relief plate, and then scratch away the wax with razors.
 
Any raised areas on the plate (including wood grain) get scraped away, leaving the parts of the plate that I’ve carved out. The result is an inverse image of the relief block in a textured wax that sits on the surface of the paper.
 
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Fantasie by Heather Page, detail of back, relief print, frottage, and drawing on aluminum-gilded mulberry paper, 60 inches x 11 inchesI made a rubbing on the back of the print by placing a laser-engraved relief block under the paper and rubbing over its surface with a metallic crayon.
 
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edition

This is a one-of-a-kind print, also known as a monoprint.

 
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