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rpd
12-14-2007, 03:20 PM
Does anyone else have a problem signing work in oil pastel? I use Sennelier and Holbein and find it impossible to get a good signature. I have tried colored pencil as an alternative but it doesn't work much better and leaves a waxy sheen. It digs through the pastel instead of marking on top of it. I've even tried brush pens. Usually I'm signing over a few layers of laid down color and I just get unreadable smudges with oil pastel. I use paper in a range of colors, light and dark, which also seems to impact the results. Thanks for any solutions or suggestions.

LJW
12-14-2007, 03:34 PM
Well, I'm not going to be of much use, because I don't sign my paintings. But I wonder if you deliberately scrape out the OPs for your signature, ie., sgraffito technique using a blunt pencil or exacto knife, would that work? The top-most surface colour and the paper colour would have to be different in the area of your signature, of course. Jane

Pat Isaac
12-14-2007, 03:43 PM
I sign my OPs with an oil pencil. If the painting is dark, I use a lighter color and vice versa. It does scratch through the top layer a little, but if the pencil is very sharp, it works.

Pat

Shirl Parker
12-15-2007, 03:57 PM
You can also scratch your name in the pastel and then go over it with a dip pen with permanent ink.

Shirl

Peiwend
12-16-2007, 12:09 AM
First of all, try to simplify the area where you will be signing and work lightly in that area. Wait a day before signing so the pastel will be firmer. I find that if I dip the point of an oil pencil in odourless mineral spirits or solvent it works fine on thin oil pastel. This would probably work also with a coloured pencil. You could also try mixing a bit of oil pastel with thinner or solvent and use a very small brush.

_____________________Wendell

rpd
12-16-2007, 10:09 PM
Thanks for all the helpful responses. They're really appreciated. I'm assuming the oil pencil mentioned is the walnut hollow oil color pencil. Dipping it in the mineral spirits sounds like something to try. Might work better than colored pencil. David

Pat Isaac
12-17-2007, 07:48 AM
Yes, David. That is the Walnut Hollow pencil. I'll have to try the mineral spirits with it.

Pat

Nancys
06-02-2010, 10:30 AM
Pat, I asked this on your blog today and did a search and find the answer here. Thanks,

Toonie
07-29-2010, 06:41 PM
Here's what I do, for just my initials and short last name: After the OP has dried a few days, I draw new OP over the entire area where my name will be, then use the metal tools that I use to scrape away the OP (a technique called "sgraffito"). I just scrape away the OP around each letter, which allows for nice, sharp letters. I use tools I got from American Science and Surplus for my sgraffito. Here's the site: http://www.sciplus.com, and here's the product that I got a few years ago but they still seem to stock: 89330 SCULPTING TOOLS, SET B. Only $3.75!! You'll have lots of fun seeing other things in the arts and crafts section of that site, I guarantee you!

Here's a site that explains sgraffito. I found it while trying to remember what this technique is called:
http://www.explore-oil-pastels-with-robert-sloan.com/sgraffito.html

halthepainter
07-31-2010, 02:07 PM
Here's what I do, for just my initials and short last name: After the OP has dried a few days, I draw new OP over the entire area where my name will be, then use the metal tools that I use to scrape away the OP (a technique called "sgraffito"). I just scrape away the OP around each letter, which allows for nice, sharp letters. I use tools I got from American Science and Surplus for my sgraffito. Here's the site: http://www.sciplus.com, and here's the product that I got a few years ago but they still seem to stock: 89330 SCULPTING TOOLS, SET B. Only $3.75!! You'll have lots of fun seeing other things in the arts and crafts section of that site, I guarantee you!

Here's a site that explains sgraffito. I found it while trying to remember what this technique is called:
http://www.explore-oil-pastels-with-robert-sloan.com/sgraffito.html

Thank you Toonie for the link to the http://www.sciplus.com (http://www.sciplus.com/),site. I went there and bought a whole bunch of stuff I didn't need but the prices are great.:D :lol: