Re: [OM] Where to sign?

Subject: Re: [OM] Where to sign?
From: Jan Steinman <Jan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 5 Jan 2018 10:23:56 -0800
> From: ChrisB <ftog@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Well, I?m about to sell my own prints for the first time ever.


You’ll know you’ve REALLY arrived when your work sells in the third-party 
market. At one art festival, a fellow photographer rushed over to me in mock 
excitement, and said, “Hey! I just discovered there’s a third-party market for 
my work!’"

“Really? Congratulations!” I sincerely exclaimed.

“Yea, see that $300 print over there?” he said, pointing back at his tent, 
“Someone just told me he scored one of those in a garage sale for $10! He 
thought it was a GREAT PRICE for the frame!"

> It?s a bit daunting because the charming buyer has asked for my signature on 
> each of the prints… Where do you think I should sign, with what medium 
> (pencil, fibretip . . .) and what should I sign?  Should it be my full name 
> or my normal signature?

I signed anything bigger than 4”x5” with my “bank signature,” first and last 
name. On smaller prints, I used my initials.

My medium was a back-printed polyester film, so it was a bit of a pain finding 
something that worked well. Most things just didn’t stick. Sharpie stuck, but 
was basically invisible. (As displayed at the Marylhurst Art Gallery: 
http://www.bytesmiths.com/Products/2000.02.22-08-640.jpg )

I ended up using opaque paint pens. They are the aluminum cylinders that 
rattle, with a shaker inside, and a pressure-sensitive tip. They are available 
in a wide variety of colours, so you can always choose something that shows up 
and complements. I tended to use gold and silver. I think this had a very 
professional look, much better than a Sharpie. You can find them in artists’ 
supply stores and better stationery stores.

They’re a bit of a pain to use. You need to hold it vertical, without much 
slant, and you need to make sure the paint is flowing well. Sign a blank or two 
first! With a matte finish (like cotton rag water colour paper), they tend to 
gum up and jam.

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economy; it is the belief we can somehow train the economy to get along without 
much energy. -- Gail Tverberg <http://www.lmgtfy.com/?q=Gail+Tverberg>
:::: Jan Steinman, EcoReality Co-op <http://www.ecoreality.org/> ::::

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