In preparation for my first gallery show, I had to solve the problem of how to sign a stitched painting.
The pieces were finished. They were stretched on internal frames. They were absolutely ready for the packing crate.
Except that… oops!… Nothing had a signature!
Now I knew I could sign the back of the work, but I wondered if I could add a subtle signature to the front of the piece. Something that was “there” but not a distraction.
Test, Test, Test!
I considered looking for a marking pen that I could use to sign my name on the fabric. But I have no idea where I would find such a pen here in Chapala. And I was not willing to make a mistake at this late stage of the game.
The next logical option was to create a Signature Stencil. So I fired up my Silhouette software and the cutting machine and made a stencil with a font that I’ve been using for years.
After much diddling around, I decided to go with the script font. It took a few modifications to make the font stencil-friendly, but it was worth the extra effort.
For the large stitched paintings, I wanted the signature to follow the curve of the design. And yes, that meant creating six variations of my signature, taking care to get the correct year of completion for each design.
(Somewhere in this process I decided I had really gone off the deep end. This was insanely fussy, even for me! But… after the months and months of work that went into each piece, what’s a little more time to make a pretty signature? Right?)
Sign a Stitched Painting
With the stencils ready to go, it was time sign the stitched paintings. (And hope and pray that no stencil mishaps came my way!)
I used transfer tape to move the stencil to the proper location on the painting.
Before painting, I masked off the surrounding area with blue painter’s tape.
Then I took a deep breath and proceeded to add Iridescent Charcoal Gray paint to the itty-bitty openings in the stencil.
I let these dry overnight for good measure, and peeled off the stencils the next morning. I was beyond happy to see that all of the stencils held up just fine. Woohoo!
Almost Ready to Pack
The stitched paintings are all carefully stacked in the studio to allow the signature to dry for a couple of days. They will be ready to pack when the shipping crate arrives from the carpenter.
And then? I’m off to Minnesota for my first Gallery Show at One Division Art (Buffalo, Minnesota), and a long-awaited visit with family and friends.
Thanks for reading
Thanks for taking the time to read about my little adventure with signing my work. I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of your creative world.
Leave your questions or comments below – and let me know how you sign your textile-based pieces. I’d love to hear your ideas.