Authentification / Embossing Research

So I’ ve currently been researching ways to authenticate a print. This has always particularly interested me as many artist/photographers have been doing this for years and their is such a variety of ways to authenticate you’re own work, making it even more original. It also adds to the many building layers that lead to creating a great artefact. Firstly I decided to research ways of stamping, printing, pressing, sticking etc onto a photographic print to give it that edgy authenticity.

Here are some of the ways to create some interesting authentification –

Paper Embossing –

  • Blind embossing – Embossing without ink. so that the image is raised but not coloured. Probably the most popular and cost efficient method of embossing.
  • Embossing is an elegant process that changes the nature of the material that has been embossed. More often than not it elevates the standard and quality of the product.
  • A notary’s embossed seal can give much weight to a regular piece of paper.

Here are a twoexamples of alphabetical letter, paper embossing –

Stamping – Is another form of adding authenticity to a fine art print. A home made stamp or personalised stamp adds a nice effect to the finish of the work. When I met photographer China Hamilton I learned about his little chop which is another form of stamping.

Below are several images that I captured of Hamilton’s little chop as an example of stamping a fine art print.


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Here is one of China Hamilton’s fine art prints, with a great example of his little chop stamp.

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The final form of authenticating a print that would be plausible for me is wax sealing.

Wax Sealing –

Here are a collection of interesting examples of wax sealing –



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