The Elegant Warrior Chiarograph by Heather Edwards
Limited Edition Hand Embellished Unique Print on Black Paper
Disney’s Mulan prepares for battle with her father’s sword.
Chiarograph*: 12″ x 16″. Edition Size 95. Unique print on paper.
Made in the USA. Certificate of Authenticity included.
* The Chiarograph is a fusion of traditional printmaking and the latest digital
technology. The characteristic of the Chiarograph medium is unique: while each
one has a pattern or part of an image that is repeated, the individual hand
painting preparation results in a one-of-a-kind print. Thus, no two prints are
identical. The beauty of this media is also in its spontaneity and its combination of
printmaking and painting.
Each piece in these black paper limited editions is carefully hand created using a
proprietary technique called Chiarography (pronounced keer-ography) which
requires an intensive amount of hand preparation and attention. First, each sheet
of 485 gram, archival, acid-free black paper undergoes multiple hand brushed
basecoats of various medias, which will become the printed area. This hand
application of basecoats create the brush stroke texture behind the printed image
and ensures each piece in the edition is unique, as no two pieces will ever have
the same hand painted undercoat.
Using archival, pigmented inks, the chiarograph printing process identifies the
undercoat and prints only on the hand painted area thereby applying the artwork
over the texture, and out to the edges of the brushwork. This creates a uniquely
organic and whimsical effect to the outer border of each image. Each work of art
is then hand-embellished before undergoing three separate coats of hand applied
varnish which not only provides UV protection to the image, but results in a
luminous sheen to the finish.