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When it comes to the signature on a painting in acrylics, what medium/tool do people commonly use? Paint it with a brush, acrylic pen, simple pen, other?
alanbickley
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For oils and acrylics, always sign your work with the same medium using a brush.
With watercolour painting I often sign using a permanent ink pen such as the Edding 1800 range.
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I tend to use a pen for everything and regard it as part of the painting. I usually place it bottom right but if compositionally and/or for balance it works better bottom left then that's where it goes.

I have a friend who paints a bit out of the box and he places the signature wherever the fancy takes him. You sometimes have to search for it - it can be climbing upright going up a tree trunk or in the hem of a skirt or somewhere buried in foliage but it's always there if you search for it.



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I should have added, keep it small and not overpowering, a common mistake.

Yes Michael, it is an important part of the painting, like you, generally on the right unless that throws it off balance.

It's difficult to sign in ink on oils or acrylics even when dry - Sharpie pens will rub off eventually, but I assume that you are referring to your watercolours.
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Yes, sorry Alan, I was referring to my watercolours. With acrylics I do use acrylic paint. 



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I always use a permanent pen for my watercolours and sketches. Usually in the bottom right for landscapes. When painting or sketching flower arrangements, I try to incorporate my signature in the drawing, usually at the bottom of the stems or vases.

http://www.painters-online.co.uk/artist/MiaKetels
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Thanks everyone for your posts. It is acrylics that I wondered about as my brush strokes seem very heavy handed when it comes to writing... So I best get practicing before I sign - and ruin - a painting... Lol
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I’m afraid I’m a bit plebeian and use a felt tip pen on an acrylic painting . Then I varnish it in with the rest of the painting. I find it is quite stable and it’s very controllable. Bottom right usually and just “ Sylvia “ if “Vincent “ can why cant I ? .

Sylvia.
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SylviaEvans (08/01/2019)
Bottom right usually and just “ Sylvia “ if “Vincent “ can why cant I ? .


Didn't know Vincent signed his work 'Sylvia'. 




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Laughs out loud. Good one Michael.
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Oooer...that Michael Edwards...proper cheeky. It tool me a minute but really made me laugh.

Sylvia.
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I Always sign in the medium I am using. I use my E Mail name, but not sure why !!! I was told to always keep it " small".
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I just sign and date it on the back with a sharpie pen. never had complaints. I sell triptychs mostly, I usually sign the middle canvas on the back, just number the other two
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Hi, I using the same medium appeared the better idea for me. Gel pens appeared weak.


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