Your painting is done and you are fully satisfied with it. Now, it’s time to sign it and suddenly, you feel anxious. Where am I going to sign? What size should I do it? Which color to use? What if it ruins everything?

If you decided to sign your paint in front of your artwork and that it puts you under stress, I offer you today a little tip that will help you visualize the final result without having to take the risk of damaging your painting. The key elements are: a piece of transparent plastic and samples of your signature.

Signing your next artwork could be a lot easier with the little tip explained below. © 2017, Louise Lamirande.

Signing your next artwork could be a lot easier with the little tip explained below.
© 2017, Louise Lamirande.

How to Do

1- Take a piece of transparent polyester film like the Dura-Lar, acetate, or a plastic sleeve used to protect a sheet of paper.

2- Then, affix your signature on this transparent medium with the medium of your choice (oil, acrylic, markers). I suggest you to do it several times with various colors and in several sizes. If you want to test a new way to sign, it’s time to do it.

3- Let dry, then cut out your signatures and store them preciously in an envelope or the container of your choice.

Create simples of your signature on a piece of transparent plastic. ©2017, Louise Lamirande.

Create simples of your signature on a piece of transparent plastic.
©2017, Louise Lamirande.

4- When it comes time to sign one of your artworks, take the samples of your signature and test them by placing them over your dried painting. Which one look the best? Where do you prefer it? It is up to you to choose since you are the artist, but this little trick will allow you to carry out a few tests quickly without any risk for your painting.

5- Memorize the location, remove the sample of your signature and sign your artwork with more assertiveness!

Place your sample over your dried painting, moving it around until your found the ideal place for signing. ©2017, Louise Lamirande.

Place your sample over your dried painting, moving it around until your found the ideal place for signing.
©2017, Louise Lamirande.

Notes

  • If your favorite medium does not stick to plastic, try making samples of your signature on tracing paper instead of plastic. The tracing paper will not be as transparent and your medium may be leaking on this paper, but it will at least allow you to test where to place your signature, its size, and get an idea of the effect of its color on your whole artwork.
  • Before placing transparent acetate or polyester pieces on the surface of your paint, make sure it is dry so as not to damage it.

Of course, you can also choose to sign your painting on the back, one of its sides, or even not to sign it at all, but that’s a whole different story …

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