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Free Certificate of Authenticity Format [Template]

certificate of authenticity for artwork

Looking to create a certificate of authenticity for your work of art? We’ve created a simple and beautiful certificate of authenticity template you can download for free! 

FREE Certificate of Authenticity Template
 
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In simplest terms, certificates of Authenticity are documents used as authentication for a piece of artwork. They are signed by the artist and guarantee that the art purchased is of high quality. When you purchase artwork and receive the Certificate of Authenticity (COA) alongside it, you can feel confident in knowing that the art you just invested in, is not fake but instead an original piece of art created by the artist. Think of it as an official guarantee or a serial number of sorts of its authenticity, origin and specifications.

They are usually issued by the artist but can also come from a gallery or authorized representative of the artist when an artwork is sold or transferred. Certificates of authenticity can be issued for original work or print reproductions, which would include an edition number if the prints are limited editions or set number of reproduction prints.

They can also go by the name of Authentication Certificate, Proof of Authenticity, Artwork Certificate, Certificate of Origin, Art Authentication Document or Artist’s Certificate. 

What To Include On Your Art Certificate Of Authenticity?

Here’s the important information you should include when you create your certificate of authenticity. We’ve also included a number of these on the free certificate template, which you can download here. 

  • Artist Name
  • Title of Work
  • Date of Completion
  • Medium
  • A brief statement written by the artist that states the authenticity of the work and relevant copyrights.
  • Original or a print?
  • Signature and date

Optional information you can add:

  • Dimensions
  • Contact info (If not elsewhere already)
  • How to care for the artwork (I actually attach a separate card that includes care instructions, but some artists like to include it on the certificate).
  • Photo of Artwork

*** Be sure to hand sign your certificates. Don’t mass print certificates with it already signed. Hand signing is what makes it personal, authentic and one of a kind. It’s like signing a contract. While a printed signature would hold up, hand signing gives the client assurance that the art came from you.

Why Should You Provide An Art Certificate of Authenticity?

The certificate acts as a legal and historical record that can be used for appraisal, insurance, and future resale purposes. You’re giving your client a receipt of sorts that they can they use in the future as an official document stating the origin of the artwork. Professional artists will almost ways provide a certificate of authenticity with any original paintings or limited edition prints, so take the time to create one that is customized to your brand. 

How To Print Your Certificate Of Authenticity

Using our template? Or maybe you’ve created your own template and want to print them out at home. 

Small art prints I print at home in my studio. I use the Epson Surecolour P700 to print all my prints and pair it with a 100% cotton rag, velvet fine art paper from Epson. Similar to watercolour paper in that it is 100% cotton and acid-free, fine art print paper is very specific in its characteristics. I print my certificates on the same paper. 

If you want to take your certificate a step further you can use gold embossing stickers and get a custom embossing stamp made. I personally have a custom ink stamp that I use instead of the sticker. 

How To Use Our Free Art Certificate of Authenticity Template

The free certificate of authenticity for art we’ve provided is a Canva Template, meaning it will take you to a Canva Template (you don’t need Canva Pro to use it!) you’ll be able to edit and customize your template for your business. Save it as a PNG, JPG or PDF and print on your printer or take it to a local print shop. Our certificate design is simple and fully customizable so be sure to make it yours and that it suits your brand.

FREE Certificate of Authenticity Template
 
Enter your email for the template link. Adding your email will also add you to the mailing list, which includes more free art resources and updates to help you grow your business! 
 
Thanks! You’ll be redirected to the template via the Canvas link. 

  1. Enter Your Email Address to be redirected to the direct template link on Canva.
  2. You’ll be linked to Canva and asked to Edit Template, or Use Template for New Design. Click on Use Template for New Design.
  3. The Template will open and you’ll be able to modify all the elements, including your signature, logo, etc…
  4. Once you’re done, share to save, and save as a PNG, JPG or PDF. The default template size is 5×7″.

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