Paint Basket Member Art Forum

Author Topic: Certificate of Authenticity  (Read 2665 times)

ArtByG

  • Palette
  • *
  • Posts: 349
on: July 01, 2014, 04:52:42 PM
I had created a Certificate of Authenticity to go with paintings that I sell. I went out and bought expensive fancy gold trimmed certificate paper and now my template is gone. I've looked all day for it and it's like it never existed. I have to recreate and I don't remember the wording I used or anything. So I'm truly starting from scratch. That leads to my question. Should you call a painting an original when it's based on a photograph?

I didn't know where to post this question so feel free to move it if there is a better place.


dennis

  • Administrator
  • Master Artist
  • *
  • Posts: 7032
Reply #1 on: July 01, 2014, 05:26:34 PM
Most original paintings are based on photographs. It is only NOT an original painting if you have copied ANOTHER artist's painting.

After the original painting you have produced we have the problem of copyright. If you are intending to                  give the painting away or selling it, just make sure you are not infringing the copyright of the photographer.
You are what you THINK about - Napoleon Hill


ArtByG

  • Palette
  • *
  • Posts: 349
Reply #2 on: July 01, 2014, 05:29:22 PM
Thanks, Dennis, I always ask permission from the photographer. Usually, they are flattered and happy to give it.


ncwren

  • Master Artist
  • *
  • Posts: 5342
    • NC Wren Fine Art
Reply #3 on: July 02, 2014, 05:21:14 AM
What does a certificate of authenticity do?  Is it just a selling feature?
~Natalie

Be an encourager. The world has plenty of critics already. ~Dave Willis


Lillian

  • Master Artist
  • *
  • Posts: 5275
Reply #4 on: July 02, 2014, 10:06:04 AM
I would like to know more about creating a certificate of authenticity.


Also, apart from that ---


I have a friend who has prints of her artwork made on canvas and they look like the real thing.  When an artist has several of these made, how does one show that these are prints and how to show the numbering?


I have a friend who liked one of my watercolour paintings and I had a very reputable company print it on watercolour paper and it looked amazing like the original.  I gave it to her for her 70th birthday.  She is thrilled with it.
"The way to be happy," said Winston Churchill, "is to find something that requires the kind of perfection that's impossible to achieve and spend the rest of your life trying to achieve it."


ncwren

  • Master Artist
  • *
  • Posts: 5342
    • NC Wren Fine Art
Reply #5 on: July 02, 2014, 11:26:57 AM
Makes sense for prints....1/20....I don't understand the point of it for the original-other than "hey this is the original".

I saw some messy problems reported on Etsy from buyers who were not aware that their 'original' limited edition prints with certificate of authenticity were not the original painting.  :-X

It seems that if you are not careful with the wording you can cause yourself a headache.
~Natalie

Be an encourager. The world has plenty of critics already. ~Dave Willis


nolan

  • Administrator
  • Master Artist
  • *
  • Posts: 11188
    • Draw With Nolan
Reply #6 on: July 02, 2014, 03:31:00 PM
A certificate of authenticity must contain your signature, and a photo of the painting / the name of the painting on it. If you use the name, then the same name must be on the painting as well. It just proves that the painting is not a fake. It only adds "psychological" value to the painting when you are a new artist, but if you get famous, then it adds a ton of value. Either way you win by issuing one with each painting.

If you are doing prints, it is important that you clearly state that it is a print when selling it. If you want to add a certificate of authenticity to the print, then you want to sign the print by hand (don't have that printed on) and then numbered as well so that people know they are buying one of a limited amount of prints. The less prints in the series, the more you can charge for them.


Lillian

  • Master Artist
  • *
  • Posts: 5275
Reply #7 on: July 03, 2014, 11:36:28 AM
A big  :thankyou:  for this info. Nolan!   :flowers:
"The way to be happy," said Winston Churchill, "is to find something that requires the kind of perfection that's impossible to achieve and spend the rest of your life trying to achieve it."


ncwren

  • Master Artist
  • *
  • Posts: 5342
    • NC Wren Fine Art
Reply #8 on: July 03, 2014, 03:09:34 PM
What Lillian said!  O0
~Natalie

Be an encourager. The world has plenty of critics already. ~Dave Willis


nolan

  • Administrator
  • Master Artist
  • *
  • Posts: 11188
    • Draw With Nolan
Reply #9 on: July 04, 2014, 03:29:49 PM
here is an example of one of my certificates so you can see the layout:


ArtByG

  • Palette
  • *
  • Posts: 349
Reply #10 on: July 04, 2014, 07:02:24 PM
Thanks for sharing, Nolan. Now I know how to word mine. I'll post mine when I get done. Don't worry. It won't be a copy of yours.


nolan

  • Administrator
  • Master Artist
  • *
  • Posts: 11188
    • Draw With Nolan
Reply #11 on: July 04, 2014, 07:30:21 PM
I am happy for you to copy my wording O0


ArtByG

  • Palette
  • *
  • Posts: 349
Reply #12 on: July 04, 2014, 07:36:16 PM
Thanks again for your wonderful generosity!


mea hamo pena

  • Global Moderator
  • Master Artist
  • *****
  • Posts: 13048
  • Oh, my! ART!
    • Long Lost Art by MaryAnne Long
Reply #13 on: July 05, 2014, 02:40:25 AM
Classy - impressive certificate.

aloha

mea
A day without art is like a day without sunshine.


ArtByG

  • Palette
  • *
  • Posts: 349
Reply #14 on: July 06, 2014, 03:01:41 PM
Here is my new COA. it is printed on off white card stock with a gold border. What do you think?


 

SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal