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Equipment & Techniques => Pro Business Discussion => Topic started by: PeterAit on August 12, 2012, 04:06:45 PM

Title: Signing gallery wraps - how?
Post by: PeterAit on August 12, 2012, 04:06:45 PM
The only ideas I have come up with are to use a sharpie or other permanent pen to sign directly on the back (will it bleed thru?), or to print out a certificate with title, etc., sign that, and use linen tape to attach it to the back. What do others do?
Title: Re: Signing gallery wraps - how?
Post by: Paul2660 on August 14, 2012, 11:31:13 PM
I have always used a CS signature brush, and applied to the front of the image using a complementary color from the photo.

Title: Re: Signing gallery wraps - how?
Post by: bill t. on August 15, 2012, 01:01:04 AM
Keep in mind that a real, hand made signature will significantly increase the value of your art.  Just ask Ansel Adams collectors.  When my pieces start showing up at Sotheby's auctions, my signature will add millions to their value, I'm pretty sure.

There are a number of gel markers that apply well to canvas before coating.  I like silver, it's not obtrusive but it's there if you look for it.  I inkjet print my name in 9 point type on the lower right hand corner, positioned and colored to be barely perceivable.  Then I sign above that.  BTW quite aside from valuation, I think it's very important to have your name legibly visible on the front of every piece.  I have gotten a lot of business from people who copied my printed name from a canvas they saw out in the world somewhere, which more than counter-balances the very few fuddy-duddies who object to artist signatures.
Title: Re: Signing gallery wraps - how?
Post by: bretedge on August 15, 2012, 02:31:07 AM
I use a silver gel pen with archival ink to sign my canvas wraps on the bottom right front corner.  As mentioned, it's not terribly obtrusive and the archival ink won't damage the print.  I bought a couple of them at a craft store in Salt Lake City.  Most places that sell scrapbooking stuff seem to carry them, too.
Title: Re: Signing gallery wraps - how?
Post by: framah on August 19, 2012, 06:23:09 PM
Sharpies aren't permanent by any means. They will fade over time.

They will also bleed thru on some things. I have seen it on some older stuff that comes in for framing, especially when it  was signed where the ink or paint is thin on the front.