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Maryna

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on: September 21, 2017, 10:02:13 AM
Is there a special brush that one can use to sign oil paintings?
I thin down my paint and use a rigger but still it looks fat and sloppy. I want to sign in a professional manner very thinly.
Any suggestions?
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Reply #1 on: September 21, 2017, 11:50:26 AM
I have a hard time signing a nice signature with a rigger brush. I always push too hard and make fatter strokes. To sign my paintings I use a spotter brush. It's super tiny and it takes many dips in the paint to complete the signature but I feel like I have more control.
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Reply #2 on: September 21, 2017, 08:49:42 PM
I feel your pain, Maryna.  I think signing the painting is harder than painting it.

I want to sign mine in black or white pen (depending on the background) but someone said that made the painting a mixed media.  I don't believe that since the signature is not really a part of the composition.

Nolan?  Dennis?  What is your take on this?

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Reply #3 on: September 21, 2017, 11:43:32 PM
Maryna,
I use a very thin rigger brush (long hair) and I thin the paint with lots of oil.  I remove the extra on the palette and when I am happy with the stroke I sign the painting lightly.  I need 1 or 2 loadings of paint for my short name.  It took a bit of practice at first but now I feel confident.

Saying that I don't do well with acrylics, and I had used an acrylic 'pen' to sign.

P.S.  Dennis signs his WC with a pen.  Surely that doesn't make it a mixed media.  I sign my WC with WC, the same way I do with oil.
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Reply #4 on: September 22, 2017, 12:57:38 AM
I do battle with my thin rigger. I will give the spotter brush a go.


Mea, don't sign with pen or so. I remember Dennis or Nolan talking about it once.


I also read on Wetcanvas people say a sharpie fades with time.


I think signing with a pen or so on an oil makes it seem less authentic and seems as uf the artist did not bother with the finak and very valuable touch.
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Reply #5 on: September 22, 2017, 08:00:38 AM
Thanks, Maryna.  That makes sense.  Yes, now I remember the Nolan talking about this.

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Reply #6 on: September 22, 2017, 08:54:00 AM
This is a good chat to have read - I'll have to practice signing some of my oils now!
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Reply #7 on: September 22, 2017, 09:52:54 PM
MaryAnne, what did Nolan say?  I have a hard time signing with a rigger brush also.  What about a calligraphy pen on paper? ~Liz


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Reply #8 on: September 22, 2017, 10:51:45 PM
Liz,
I cannot find the SEARCH function that we had on the old website, so I cannot find out what Nolan said and I don't remember anything except that it should be distinctive, consistent, and be placed where it will not be covered by  frame.

I bought a Sharpie designed for archival work like signing paintings.  Darn - it's for watercolor.  I am sure I read that they make an oil one, too.  I am going to look next time I am at Fisher.

Luckily I don't need the painting signed until we set up the miniature show on Nov. 4.

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Reply #9 on: September 23, 2017, 12:01:54 AM
I have been watching this post with interest  ;)
I sign all my watercolour paintings with either a pencil or a black waterproof pen.
My pen and ink drawings with the waterproof pen.
My oil and acrylic paintings with a #2 rigger brush. Don't sign your oil paintings with a pen :heeha: You can sign acrylics with a waterproof pen.
NEVER sign your paintings with an ordinary ballpoint pen, or any other type of pen for that matter, as most of them fade over time.

Just check that your black waterproof pen states that it is pigment and fade proof.
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Reply #10 on: September 23, 2017, 02:23:17 AM
Thank you Dennis.
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Reply #11 on: September 23, 2017, 08:36:40 AM
Thanks, Dennis.

I am going to do so serious practice to try to learn to sign the oils with a rigger brush.

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Reply #12 on: September 23, 2017, 09:52:42 AM
When you use the rigger brush, do it lightly and with the tip only. The paint must flow like ink.
BTW, signing,  by any means,  has nothing to do with mixed media  O0
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Reply #13 on: September 23, 2017, 05:29:25 PM
 :thankyou: DENNIS, for the info on what to sign paintings with.  I signed a bunch of mini acrylic paintings with a waterproof pen. ~Liz


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Reply #14 on: September 24, 2017, 05:28:43 AM
 :thankyou: Dennis.  Now it is very clear.
Cheers, Annie
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