Signing dating art prints
Bruce Dart, (PPA) Certified Professional Photographer, Craftsman Photographer, professional photographer since 1976 I DON' T ALWAYS MOUNT MY PRINTS IN A MATTE, SO THE STAMP IN FIVE PLACES ON THE BACK OF THE PHOTO, JUST PROTECTS YOUR PHOTO ENOUGH THAT PEOPLE DON' T WANT TO STEAL IT.
Remember the real goal is to focus attention on your work, "not a pretty mat." In a gallery situation if the walls are white and all the mats are white with a black frame, what stands out is the print.Once the image is matted, the maker signs the mat board and usually includes the image's title, the date it was made, and often, the number of the print - if it's one of a series of the same print.If you use a light-colored mat board, sign on it lightly with a sharp pencil! While paintings and many portraits are signed on the print, photographic art is usually NOT. Matting and framing, however, is an extensive and somewhat complicated subject. Creating a "look" for a show or gallery often requires a white mat; sometimes having all your work on black as John suggested creates a consistent look that is desirable in that display setting.Normally, people frame their pictures, mounting them on mat board. The color of the mat board is the maker's choice and should complement the print; in competition, however, many judges demand that the maker use white mat board.I mat my prints using white or black mat board exclusively.I ALSO ANGLE MY SIGNATURE AT A 45% ANGLE TO THE LOWER CORNER AND THE MONTH AND YEAR GOES UNDER MY NAME.
IT GIVES IT A CLASSY LOOK AND PEOPLE KNOW YOU ARE PROUD TO PUT YOUR NAME ON THE ART WORK OR PHOTO. BOB The gold pen at an angle is classy and shows off your work well.
In that respect, make sure any sales receipts you use, note that "the work entitled ______, sold herewith, is protected under federal law and copyrighted by ______ on _______ with registration pending.
This work may only be displayed for personal use and not duplicated or published in any form absent the express written consent of the author (you)." Got it?
THAT WAY IT IS TOTALLY PROTECTED FROM SOMEONE THAT MIGHT JUST WANT TO CUT OFF THE SIGNATURE AND PUT IT IN THEIR FRAME.
THE STAMP DOESN' T COST MUCH AND IT TAKES NO TIME AT ALL.
MAKE NOTE OF WHAT EVERYBODY HAS SUGGESTED AND DO WHAT YOU THINK WORKS FOR YOU. I think you'll find that's a matter of personal preference.