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My first art show is coming up and I'm not quite sure how to make the labels that go along side my paintings! If anyone could tell me what kind of material to print on, and what kind of information goes on the title card, as well as how to hang them, etc.. I would be most appreciative!

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I've made my price cards by cutting old business cards diagonally, hand written with an ultra fine point sharpie on the back. I slide them into the bottom corner of the frames.

For larger signs, I design and print them in Photoshop, mount them to foam core and then use shrink wrap to protect them so they'll last forever. I use Velcro on the back so they stick to my Pro Panels.

Larry Berman
Digital Jury Services
http://BermanGraphics.com
412-401-8100
I also use my business card design as a template. The top half is my business name, but the bottom half I've used Photoshop to create a white label looking spot that is about half the card height and full width. Just below that in smaller print is my name, email, and phone number. I usually hand write the information in the label portion, but I think I'm going to type up labels for a lot of my pictures before my next show. I print my own cards using Avery business card stock, so typing in information before printing should be easy.
Larry,
For the larger signs that you do, what information do you print on there? I was thinking: oil on canvas; the size of the canvas, the title, and the price. Does this seem right?


Larry Berman said:
I've made my price cards by cutting old business cards diagonally, hand written with an ultra fine point sharpie on the back. I slide them into the bottom corner of the frames.

For larger signs, I design and print them in Photoshop, mount them to foam core and then use shrink wrap to protect them so they'll last forever. I use Velcro on the back so they stick to my Pro Panels.

Larry Berman
Digital Jury Services
http://BermanGraphics.com
412-401-8100
Dave,
A question you just reminded me I wanted to ask... do find that it's cheaper to print your own business cards versus going somewhere to have them printed?

Dave Hinde said:
I also use my business card design as a template. The top half is my business name, but the bottom half I've used Photoshop to create a white label looking spot that is about half the card height and full width. Just below that in smaller print is my name, email, and phone number. I usually hand write the information in the label portion, but I think I'm going to type up labels for a lot of my pictures before my next show. I print my own cards using Avery business card stock, so typing in information before printing should be easy.
My larger signs are for prices of the unframed work or credit card logos. My artist statement is shrink wrapped and framed with Velcro on the back so it can hang without wires. My name sign "LarryBerman.com" is also shrink wrapped and framed and sticks on with Velcro.

But what you're wanting to put on your signs sounds about right - oil on canvas; the size of the canvas, the title. You may also want to add the year created, but that works against you if something hasn't sold in a year or so.

Larry Berman
Digital Jury Services
http://BermanGraphics.com
412-401-8100
I agree with the advice. Some can go overboard and put too much info on the cards - people don't have time to read all that. Keep it simple with info that people most question and you have those already stated, Michelle.

I think it would be best to print our the business cards yourself - with work description because otherwise you would be getting 100 or more at a time of the same info through a printer. I am assuming each piece of your art has different dimensions, title, price, and so on...

For me, although I don't make and sell 2D art, I do have description cards for my work. Prices are on my work as well as title, via hangtags, however I use a "title" cards to illustrate my inspiration for items in 1-2 sentences - it also helps keeps organized. I am all about keeping people in my booth any which way I can and if reading one card gets them to pick up an item and then check it out and possibly go onto another item in my booth - I at least know I kinda have a hooked customer. I think the same can go for you Michelle. I do pretty much the same thing in making them, but have them laminated and then use invisible tape.

Good luck!
Michelle Sholund
www.bythebaybotanicals.com
www.quickcraftartisttips.blogspot.com
Hi Michelle A., I set up a label using my business cards. Kept it real simple and general info. List.... Original Work by Michelle Aluisia, Title (write in), Medium_(write oil, wc or acrylic or whatever), Price $_____. About 4-5 lines in larger writing so it is legible. Then print 10 at a time on cardstock. I usually print more to have on hand at shows just in case they fall off from wind. I tape them on glass or canvas. Easy.

I print my own business cards too.
Also check out vistaprint.com. They run free items where you just pay for shipping quite often. Just be careful when you check out that you read everything. I understand there is something you can get caught with that charges fees if you accidentally hit yes.

Pauline Ross said:
Hi Michelle A., I set up a label using my business cards. Kept it real simple and general info. List.... Original Work by Michelle Aluisia, Title (write in), Medium_(write oil, wc or acrylic or whatever), Price $_____. About 4-5 lines in larger writing so it is legible. Then print 10 at a time on cardstock. I usually print more to have on hand at shows just in case they fall off from wind. I tape them on glass or canvas. Easy.

I print my own business cards too.
Michele
I layout labels with type in InDesign --you can fit quite a few on 8.5 x 11 or 11 x 17. Print on photo stock. Laminate them at Staples. Cut out with paper cutter or xacto knife. Then either I put velcro on the backs for propanels or punch holes for hanging on mesh walls. That's one way for making labels that you will reuse often.
Charlene

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