Artists – Tips on Signing Art Prints
So, you just ordered some fresh new art prints of your work. You’ve got them laid out on your table and stand over them in triumphant approval basking in how beautiful your art really is. You take up your writing instrument, lean over and get ready to put your seal of approval and brand it like your own baby in the way of your John Hancock.
But then the horror sets in. What, where, how (and maybe even WHY) do I sign this thing?
Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
For some, signing their art prints can be a one stop trip to anxiety town. Signing prints ads to the artwork and that can be a good thing, or a bad thing if not done correctly. But fret no more. Lucky for us, Imagekind Member artist Brian Auer (whose got some pretty stunning photographs fyi) posted some very practical, and all together helpful tips when signing your art prints, over at his blog.
Here are some of the topics Brian covers:
- Why even sign a Print?
- What you should do before getting your print
- What to sign your art print with (blood from your pricked finger for ultra authentication?)
- What to actually sign
- How and where you should sign your print
- Additionally, he offers some thoughts on “editions” and “limits”
Take a look at Brian’s full article on his blog Epic Edits to see all of his tips on signing art prints.
The big idea? There’s a lot to think about when signing your prints. Your work is not a check or contract. Your signature should be a part of the artwork and add, not diminish the overall aesthetic.
Not all prints need to be signed. Some artists separate their work into signed (and even limited edition) prints, and open, un-signed prints. Both have their place and can provide multiple ways for enthusiast of your art to connect with your piece. Typically, artists charge more for a signed print than an un-singed. So, having both options makes your art more accessible to fans of your art.
Whether you choose to sign in the margin under your print, on the print itself, or on the mat, it’s really up to you and your preference. However, you should always try to sign your work with an archival pen. There seems to be no point in printing an archival fine art giclee print that will last for decades, just to sign it with something that will tarnish it.
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