A silver paint pen worked well for me, signing the bottom right of the print
itself. A long while since I sold prints. If I was doing it again, I’d probably
sign the mount instead.
I used to choose frames very carefully to complement the picture. Whenever I’ve
seen one of my pictures in someone’s house it’s normally been reframed - often
in a style that is the very opposite of “less is more”.
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> On 5 Jan 2018, at 18:30, ChrisB <ftog@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> 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.
>> 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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