Re: [OM] Where to sign?

Subject: Re: [OM] Where to sign?
From: ChrisB <ftog@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 5 Jan 2018 18:30:23 +0000

Thanks for that insight, Jan, and for the advice ref the signatures.  I had 
already printed the photos when I asked so I’ve signed on the back in fat, soft 
pencil.  However, now that you’ve mentioned the metallic colours I might have 
them handy in case my customer had her heart set on “Chris Barker” scrawled 
across the print itself.

Would printing the signature as part of the printing process be infra dig?

In future I might leave a wider margin for the pencil, depending on how the 
scrawling goes . . .


> On 5 Jan 2018, at 18:23, Jan Steinman <Jan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> From: ChrisB <ftog@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:ftog@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>>
>> Well, I?m about to sell my own prints for the first time ever.
> Congratulations!
> 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 
> <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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