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Hello, I'm hoping someone can help me out. I know the basics of how to sign a silkscreen print, HOWEVER, I have a couple of prints where I switched up the colors. It's the same image, with the same title, but they can't all be one edition, right? Because an edition has to be identical, and this is two different versions. So how would I sign and number them? They're not going to have a different title, so I can't differentiate them that way. I've read that you can have a second edition of a print, but from what I've seen it sounds like that's for doing a second run if you want more of the original print. I haven't been able to find anything about how to indicate a different version.

I'm going to see my professor on Saturday, but I would like to get it done sooner. If anyone knows the proper way to sign them it would be much appreciated!

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On April 29th, 2012 11:29 pm (UTC), gabyrippling commented:
Were they test prints for other edition considerations (i.e. part of your artistic process in deciding on the final edition)? They'd probably be considered "Artist's proofs." Otherwise I think you can just mark them "Unique."

If you've done small editions with variations, you could probably subtitle them "Variation 1 [or 2 or 3, depending on how many variations you've made]" and then number them however many you have of them and consider them a distinct, smaller edition.
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On April 29th, 2012 11:29 pm (UTC), gabyrippling replied:
Of course, it's been a while since I printed, so I may well be wrong - please take with a grain of salt. Other opinions might be more helpful than mine.
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On April 30th, 2012 01:19 am (UTC), tequilafish7 replied:
I almost marked one set with AP, but they weren't proofs or part of my process; I went into it knowing I wanted a set of them printed with two certain colors, and another set with two other colors.

They are two small editions (only 8 prints each). I like the subtitle idea. I might play around with it a bit, instead of using "Variation 1". I know I want them to both have the same title, but I might give them each a subtitle more specific to the feeling that I get from the different color sets. Coming up with titles is surprisingly fun... haha

Thanks for the suggestions : )
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On April 29th, 2012 11:31 pm (UTC), skippyelephant commented:
I did this once so I can let you know what I did, though I'm not sure how "proper" it is, haha. I numbered them all as I would for a normal edition and then just called it a varied edition. You could probably write "V.E." or "varied edition" next to the number (like 1/10 V.E.) or on the back of the print to clarify. I would say whatever you do write it in pencil and you could ask your professor about it when you see them, that way if they think there's a better way you can always change it.
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On April 30th, 2012 01:25 am (UTC), tequilafish7 replied:
Ahahahah, that's the thing! I don't think there really is a "proper" way to do it, or if there is it's certainly hard to find a definite answer...

I like what you did. That way I could number them all together, but have the second half with the V.E. notation. If I can't think of good subtitles to differentiate the sets, I'll do it this way.

Thank you :)
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On April 30th, 2012 01:43 am (UTC), tequilafish7 replied:
I actually just found a post by an artist talking about signing prints, and they mention using V.E.
I was just wondering, did you number all of the prints together as one edition (like one set of 20 prints) and put V.E. on the ones that were different, or did you number them as two different editions (two sets of 10 prints) with V.E. on one set?
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On April 30th, 2012 04:14 pm (UTC), skippyelephant replied:
I just numbered them as one set with V.E. on all of them
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On April 30th, 2012 04:30 am (UTC), pac commented:
an edition needs to be consistent, even if it's consistently inconsistent.

i would not include the few variable pieces in the proper edition. the clutch of prints that are the same should be "Title" and edition x/x. the other two would probably be either a new series or unique prints.

ex: say you made 5 prints with different colors, from what was essentially a consistent edition. this varied edition based of this print, "Title", might be "Title II" and each print might be numbered 1/5 EV (or VE), 2/5 EV, etc.

or, you can call each one of the varied prints a unique piece. the print with the blue screen might be "Title (Blue)" or "Title II" and editioned "unique" or "1/1". the print using the green screen might be "Title (Green)" or "Title III" and editioned "unique" or "1/1"

if you plan on making more of those different colors of the same prints (as in, not just a few test runs), you makes it a new series. that's that the roman numerals/numbers after a title mean. typically it indicates that a print made with a process that makes a series of fairly similar prints (pretty much anything that's not a monoprint/type) has been ALTERED to create a new series of similar but different prints. this could be ink color, making changes to the matrix, changes to the paper, etc. ex: i print a red woodcut called "Cows" in an edition of 50. but then i make 50 more in blue ink. that would be "Cows II" or even "Cows (Blue)". it indicates that there is another similar edition that this print originated from and is not unique enough to be its own differently titled edition. what you /shouldn't/ do, is establish an edition... then print MORE or the same edition exactly the same way to make a new edition. something about it needs to change for it to printed and editioned again, or there's no point in making it a limited edition.


the long and short of it is, the different prints should not be part of the primary homogeneous edition, BUT can be signed as their own separate edition or unique prints, or even just artists proofs.
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