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Re: [OM] Where to sign?

Subject: Re: [OM] Where to sign?
From: Bill Pearce <billpearce@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 5 Jan 2018 16:49:32 -0500 (EST)
"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. " 
That has also worked for me, but those things can be clog prone. I will never 
sign the mount. If it's reframed, now or later, your signature is gone, gone, 
gone. And it looks untidy. 

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”. 
Yup. I prefer the so called museum frames with a substantial matte. The gold 
and double matte's leave me cold. but I believe in less is more in framing, 
food and decorating. 

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From: "Mike Bloor" <admin@xxxxxxxxxx> 
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Subject: Re: [OM] Where to sign? 

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”. 

Mike 


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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 . . . 
> 
> Chris 
> 
>>> 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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