Looking for a silver and black pen for signing prints

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Looking for a silver and black pen for signing prints
Some of the glossy prints are very slick, especially the metallic prints. I am not having much luck finding a good pen for signing them. If you have a recommendation, I'd love to hear it. Thanks, M. Jackson
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I use "paint" pens, although I haven't found a particular type that I really like. I often get them at the local art store. Then again, I haven't tried one on a metallic print yet.

 

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Pencil or pen? Within the printed area (bottom? right/left corner?) or below the printed area? On the printed sheet or on the mat? Or on the print sheet but behind? I have always used a pencil below the image, sometimes on the print sheet, sometimes on the mat. Is there a preferred method? I've toyed with the idea of using a pen on the lower corner of the image, but I have not brought myself to adopt that method yet. I've also thought about adding info on the back of the print (pencil, outside the actual image area) or using an authenticating document (Hahnenmuhle even has those holographic stickers), but ... Any thoughts?
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Harry -- Good questions. For me, it depends a lot on the printing technique. For classic B&W I mat and typically sign the print off the printed area (you can sign the mat, but there is no guarantee it stays with the print). For color prints, which are often not matted with a border, I often sign with a gold or silver paint pen, or if the coloring works, with a black pen. For canvas, I normally use a gold or silver paint pen.

When we sell a print matted or framed, we always tape a business card and information about the print to the back. We don't do that for "plain" prints since we don't want to risk bleed-through or some damage to the print. I'm sure others have more suggestions (prints aren't that big a piece of our business), but those are some ideas.--David

 

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