Wedding Party

Wedding Party by Heather Page, aquatint on paper, 11.25 inches by 15 inches

Title: Wedding Party
Media: Aquatint on paper
Size: 11.25”h x 15”w
Edition: 1/7-7/7
 
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detail views

Wedding Party by Heather Page, detail image 1, aquatint on paper, 11.25 inches by 15 inches
Wedding Party by Heather Page, detail image 2, aquatint on paper, 11.25 inches by 15 inches

monoprint version

Wedding Party by Heather Page, aquatint on paper, inked à la poupée, 11.25 inches by 15 inches
Wedding Party by Heather Page, detail image, aquatint on paper, inked à la poupée, 11.25 inches by 15 inches
 
Title: Wedding Party
Media: Aquatint on paper, inked à la poupée
Size: 11.25”h x 15”w
Edition: 1/1

process

Wedding Party is an original aquatint on paper in one color made from one etched zinc plate.

 

Wedding Party by Heather Page, detail image 2, aquatint on paper, 11.25 inches by 15 inchesAn aquatint is a continuous tone image (drawn in shades) that is etched into a plate.
 
To make tones, we create a uniform texture like sandpaper that will hold ink.
For Wedding Party, I dusted the plate with rosin and then melted it to the plate. You can see some of the dots in the image to the right.
 
To create the image on this plate, I painted out the white spots first with an enamel paint called Tolémail and slowly worked up to the darkest areas.
 
After each application of paint, I submerged the plate in a nitric acid bath. The deeper the bite, the darker an area will print, so the parts that were in the acid the longest are the darkest on the plate. The process is like painting a paint by number in which each tone is a different number.
 
To ink the plate, I spread ink over its surface and then wiped the ink into its textures with balls of stiffened cheesecloth called tarlatan and paper.
 
To print the plate, I first softened the printing paper by soaking it in water. Then I placed the inked plate face-up on an etching press, arranged the softened paper on top, and then added backing papers and a few wool blankets to the pile. I then cranked the pile through the press.
 
The blankets pushed the softened paper into the textures of the plate, transferring both the ink and the texture of the plate to the paper.
 
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Wedding Party by Heather Page, aquatint on paper, inked à la poupée, 11.25 inches x 15 inches
À la poupée (to the doll in French) is inking a printing plate, usually intaglio, in more than one color at a time. The poupée is the little ball of tarlatan we use to wipe each color into the plate.
 
I made the monoprint of Wedding Party you see to the left and above using this technique.
 
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edition

I printed Wedding Party in an edition of fifteen prints, numbered 1/15 to 15/15.

There are also 6 state proofs and a monoprint of this print.

  • A state proof, marked as #/# 1st state (#/# 1er état in French), is a group of prints pulled from the printing plate before it is completed.
  • A monoprint is a unique print made from an imaged printing plate. As such, its edition number is always 1/1. Monoprints can also include other print processes or non-print media.

 
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