What Type Of Pen Do Photography Artists Use To Sign Photographs?

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What pen or mark for signing archival prints exercise you use.

Dave S •

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What pen or marker for signing archival prints practice you use.

I am selling my first print to a very squeamish lady in Florida who saw my print on a gallery and wanted to buy it.

In any case, she asked me if I could sign it for her.

I have tried using a gold (Uchida Liquid Gilt Opaque Paint marker).

It is acid free and supposedly weatherproof.

However, when I stress tested it I found that it would smear if information technology got moisture.

I volition not sign it with that pen every bit I want to insure that the impress will not exist damaged equally a result.

Can anyone recommend a pen or marker that is safety to use on an Epson paint impress?

Thank you



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jlongo •

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Re: What pen or marker for signing archival prints do y’all use.

I don’t sign mine, but I accept worked out a way to do then if a client requests it.

I took a moving-picture show of a big black ink signature and accept it in a seperate layer that I can incorporate into the print. I can command its position and size and by controlling the opacity, I can make it so that yous need to know it’due south there to detect it.



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14nLover •

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Pencil. Go to a gallery or art museum and look at the photos; virtually all will be signed in pencil. It’s the most archival writing instrument because dissimilar all forms of ink, pencil volition never, e’er fade. The graphite will literally outlast the paper itself. As well unlike many inks, pencil volition not damage the paper because it has no chemicals in it acrid or otherwise. It will smudge if rubbed, but you shouldn’t touch the surface of a print anyway, should yous?



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Dave South •

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Re: Pencil

14nLover

wrote:

Pencil. Go to a gallery or fine art museum and look at the photos;

well-nigh all will exist signed in pencil. It’s the about archival

writing instrument considering different all forms of ink, pencil will

never, always fade. The graphite volition literally outlast the paper

itself. Also unlike many inks, pencil volition non damage the paper

because information technology has no chemicals in it acid or otherwise. It will

smudge if rubbed, but you shouldn’t bear upon the surface of a impress

anyway, should you?



Chris

Thanks,

I tried a pencil only information technology does non work on Premiim Luster Paper. If I was printing on matte I am sure that it would.

I called an art store and they recommended the Sakura Pigma Micropen and the identi.pen dualpoint marking pen. Both would work on gloss/semi gloss or luster and are archival.

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14nLover •

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plastic paper

Dave Southward

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Thanks,

I tried a pencil but it does not work on Premiim Luster Paper. If

I was printing on matte I am sure that it would.

I called an art shop and they recommended the Sakura Pigma

Micropen and the identi.pen dualpoint marker pen. Both would work

on gloss/semi gloss or luster and are archival.

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I didn’t think near yous using that kind of paper. Glossy and semi-gloss type papers are made on a plastic coated base and as you said will not accept pencil. The Sakura pen is probably one of the best for that, used to utilise Sakura pens a lot when I was in art schoolhouse. Of course i used them for drawing, non signing photos, but they are excellent archival pens.



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Dave S •

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Re: plastic paper

The heir-apparent only informed me that she would prefer to have me sign it on the border which makes it easier for me. I volition purchase the Sakura Micro Pen which should look good on the edge.

Dave



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Avi33 •

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Sakura’s proficient

I apply a Sakura for signing the back of resin C-prints and it works great. Permanent and acrid-free.

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Utilize a pencil (nt)



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The pencil will not piece of work on Luster paper. due north.t.

Re: What pen or marker for signing archival prints do you employ.

If you are talking about regular photographic paper, you lot may want to try this. Become a comfortable to concur stylus or a empty brawl point pen. Have a cotton cloth and wet with distilled water. Where you wish to sign the impress soak with the cloth and water. This loosens the emulsion and then you tin can scribe ( sign ) your signateur into to impress and it volition cut to the plastic base. The result will be a permanent signateur that once dry volition expect quite good, esp. if your signateur is well washed in writing fashion.



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