Exercise 08.05: Print Editions


The goal of this exer­cise is to develop the proper tech­nique for sign­ing a col­lec­tion of prints.


The objec­tive of this exer­cise is to sign, num­ber and title a print edition. 

Background Reading

Safety Notice


A prop­erly signed edi­tions of prints pre­serves the num­ber of prints of pro­duced and iden­ti­fies the print title and cre­ator. While many con­ven­tions exist through­out time, the fol­low­ing is gen­er­ally accepted across all print­mak­ing gen­res. Edi­tion­ing a print requires the artist num­ber, title and sign each print.

Part One

Selec­tion is first. Out of ten required prints, care­fully select the five that best rep­re­sents your craft and cre­ativ­ity. These five should be almost iden­ti­cal and will become the signed edi­tion. The oth­ers will be labeled as “artist proof” or “AP. ”

Part Two

Using a pen­cil, sign each print near the bot­tom of the image area, work­ing left to right, in the fol­low­ing order:

  1. Print num­ber out of total (00÷05)
  2. Print title
  3. Artist sig­na­ture

Alter­na­tively, the same tech­nique can be used in the mar­gin or reverse size of the image area.

Technical Specifications

  • 5 x 7 in. (land­scape) art­work area cen­tered on an 9 x 12 in. sheet of paper.
  • One color


  • The fol­low­ing rubric posted on D2L will deter­mine assign­ment score: Exer­cise Grading


Obser­va­tion, nota­tions, inves­ti­ga­tion, writ­ing, diagraming


Com­puter, appro­pri­ate soft­ware, appro­pri­ate D2L discussions


Monday/Wednesday, Feb­ru­ary 1315, 2017. Exer­cise Given.

Monday/Wednesday, Feb­ru­ary 1315, 2017. Observed by instruc­tor as part of group demonstration.