Forged paintings have always been popular. They are used to make replicas of famous masterpieces and to replicate the look and feel of antiques. Many artists choose to specialize in creating fake paintings instead of being a general artist. If you’re interested in creating some of your own, there are a few things that you can keep in mind.
Before you begin, you should know that if you do get caught, or share this information with anyone, you could find yourself in a lot of trouble. For example, you could be sued for copyright violation and end up with a costly lawyer. It’s also illegal to sell fake artwork. If you do, you could get into serious trouble. There is actually an art form in America that has been going on for decades, called “faux painting.” It is a perfectly legal way to create beautiful artwork, just as long as you don’t try to pass it off as originals.
If you’re thinking of trying this style of painting, you should invest in some brushes, roller covers, and paint supplies. You will need to buy your canvas, papers, stretchers, paints, scissors, and any other tools that you think you may need. You can usually pick up some of these items at art stores and art galleries. You can also check out Craigslist or eBay for fake painting supplies.
There are some things to watch for when investigating someone who is selling fake artwork. Pay close attention to their contact information, because it will give you a good indication of the kind of painting they are selling. If you don’t know the person well, and they send you an email for no obvious reason, don’t use it. Check out chat rooms that the person frequents, or at least seems to frequent. There might be people posting about getting the artwork to copy and you don’t want to be the target of one of those scams.
Make sure you ask how original the painting is before paying for it. You should also ask if they guarantee the authenticity of the piece. It’s very common for fake artists to put a fake guarantee on their artwork. This way, they can sell it without anyone knowing. Don’t fall for this kind of trick.
Once you have the painting picked out, make sure that you know where it came from. Look at the backside of it and examine it closely for any writing or smudges that may indicate where it has been pasted. If the painting has written on the back that you are not able to see easily, then you should take it away and try to find a better example. There are plenty of examples online or in art galleries that have absolutely no writing whatsoever. Don’t worry, though; it won’t appear again unless you decide to make an attempt to fix it.
Finally, check the patina on the painting. A great way to tell if the painting is a fake is to feel for it. There should be no creaking sounds, and you should feel no coldness to the touch. If the painting is old, then it probably has a very nice patina on it. However, if you find that the patina is dull or cracked, then it’s probably a fake. The best way to tell if a painting is fake or not is by holding it up to a light source and looking at the color of the paper underneath.
By taking the time to check out as many paintings as possible, you will be able to spot the ones that are phony the easiest. However, you should be careful not to let yourself be fooled so often. After all, it’s your money we’re talking about here. So be sure to investigate every painting that you’re interested in thoroughly.