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em
05-23-2000, 01:35 PM
It has been a long time since I painted and I am getting back into watercolors. A dumb question...what do you all sign your paintings with? Pencil, pen, paint? Any hints would be most appreciated. em

arcitect
05-23-2000, 04:08 PM
I do not really sign them, but it seems whatever is best under the circumstances is best. Watercolor on paper seems to merit pencil -a really sharp carbon pencil looks nice, it can get real black without getting shiny. A disposable technical draughting pen would be good too. I would avoid ballpoint pens, quill pens, etc., sort of risky.

Rod
05-23-2000, 07:07 PM
I use a very fine black marker pen.
Also it was suggested to me to keep exactly the same signature on all , dont keep changing or it will give the viewers a sense of lack of confidence by the artist,
Rod

msue
05-23-2000, 09:34 PM
Black Marker Pen!!!!!!?? I was told to never sign in ink. To sign in paint. I sign mine in paint. Sometimes where it blends in the painting and sometimes where it stands out. One instructor said to sign BIG and Bold. Guess it depends on whether you want your name to be the center of interest or the painting.

arcitect
05-23-2000, 11:02 PM
It is all preference to a point. If you use ink, make sure it is pigmented, this prevents fading. I wonder about some markers, as far as acid content is concerned.

Signing one's name in water color is a bit more work than the media requires, if you ask me.

Big and bold, or not at all -makes little difference to me. What is important is that you write a little info on the back...the date you finished, your name, the size, media, title, and a big fat 2000 by (your name here). Helps with the record keeping.

arcitect
05-23-2000, 11:04 PM
HEY!, my smiley came out as an angry face by mistake. Must of goofed. I'll make it up to you... http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

rapolina
05-24-2000, 06:30 AM
Here in Italy watercolor artist signs always their paintings with pencil, it is always raccomanded never use ink or pen!
bye, rapolina

oleCC
05-24-2000, 07:06 AM
Every instructor I ever had recommended signing with paint.....and being consistent using the same style signiture. It is more work, but that's what I do http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif Carol

oleCC
05-24-2000, 09:05 PM
Hey Sandi......what a NEAT idea!!! Thanks a bunch,,,think I will try that...... http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
Carol

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Gisela
05-25-2000, 12:48 AM
I sign in paint, using the last color that I used in the painting. No real reason, except I read that Monet did it this way, and I thought it was cool. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/cool.gif

Gisela

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Rod
05-25-2000, 01:03 AM
Hey Thats cool Sandi,
Will try that myself,
Thanks,
Rod http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/cool.gif

amanda
05-26-2000, 08:20 AM
I would have to agree about signing in paint although I really like the idea of the ball point pen. I've seen a lot in pencil too.

studioh2o
05-26-2000, 08:36 AM
I use pencil to sign my work, but not just any pencil. Professors in college suggested using a 4H pencil for signing watercolors. It's a lighter gray than a standard #2 pencil and looks really nice. Plus, when you document the title, date, your name, copyright, etc on the back of your art, it will not show through to the front of the paper (if you are using 140lb or less wc paper).

This is just a personal prefenence, but I like to keep the signature relatively small on the work. When the signature gets to be too large, it dominates the piece and takes away from the art.

There are plenty of good suggestions here. Do what you like and have fun.

MALARKEY
05-26-2000, 01:50 PM
I sign mine MALARKEY in pencil and in all caps. When your name is Sandy Smith what else can you do??????

oleCC
05-26-2000, 08:37 PM
LOL Mal ! You are toooo much http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif Carol

grannyb
05-26-2000, 08:53 PM
I to read somewherethat a large sig. detracts from the artwork. I sign mine with paint in the dominant color nearest the signature so that it is visible but not too dominant.

Yorky
05-28-2000, 08:50 AM
Reading about using an empty ball pen to form indentations reminds me of a self-taught artist at a local class who worked in coloured pencils, producing marvellous renditions of animals and buildings. Before commencing shading, he used a blunt (sewing) pin to form indentations to represent hairs, feathers, brick courses etc. When the pencil was applied he was left with very fine white lines - very effective and impossible to create any other way. I suppose this technique could be modified for watercolour to create fine dark lines .. I must try it.
PS. I sign and title in pencil and make sure it will not be covered up by the mount (when I first started w/c this was often a problem). Cheers!