As an artist deeply embedded in the creative world, I've discovered that one of the most overlooked yet crucial aspects of presenting artwork is the creation of art labels. Throughout my journey, I've delved deep into the nuances of this process, and I'm thrilled to share these insights with you, along with introducing an innovative tool from RevArt that's been a game-changer for me and many others.


What is an Art Label?

Art labels are the silent narrators of the art world. They are not merely pieces of paper or stickers; they are the conduit between the artist and the observer. These labels carry essential details like the title, medium, dimensions, and the artist's name. More than this, they imbue the artwork with context, background, and story, enriching the viewer's experience and understanding.


Information on Art Label

In my artistic endeavors, I've found that a well-constructed art label typically includes the artwork's title, artist name, the year of creation, the medium used, and its dimensions. Occasionally, for pieces that hold a deep personal meaning or complex story, I add a brief description or an inspiration note to provide further depth and connection.


Layout and Design Tips

Years of experimenting with various layouts and designs have led me to some key findings:

  • Keep it simple and readable: Choose a clear font and ensure the text contrasts well with the background for legibility.


  • Align with your art's style: The label should be a reflection of your artwork. A sleek, minimalist label complements modern art, while a classic, elegant design might suit traditional pieces better.


  • Consider the material: I've utilized everything from sturdy card stock to subtle transparent labels, depending on the artwork's setting and aesthetic.



Reflecting on my first exhibition, I recall labeling a vibrant abstract piece. The label was a straightforward white card with black text, but I incorporated a border matching the painting's dominant hue. This subtle connection between the label and the artwork significantly enhanced the overall presentation.


Example One

Above is a standard example of an artwork label.

Example Two

The label uses a traditional style of design to suit the classical painting. 


This label has a description on it, as its main purpose is to educate audiences. 


Tips for DIYing Your Own Art Labels

Based on my experiences, here are some DIY tips:

  • Use templates: There are myriad online resources offering templates that provide a good starting point.
  • Test print: Always conduct a test print to ensure color accuracy and text readability.
  • Get creative: Don't shy away from experimenting with shapes, colors, and materials to find what best represents your artistic identity.
  • Price information is optional but highly recommended: it helps artists sell work in the show and avoid losing customers who are too shy to ask the price. 
  • The description on label is more common on museum art labels. 


Get Support from RevArt SMART Manager

Now, let me introduce you to the RevArt SMART Manager, a tool that has revolutionized my approach to creating art labels. This innovative platform simplifies the entire process in one click, offering customizable templates, layout and design suggestions, and even direct printing options. It's ensured that my labels are not only professional and consistent but also truly representative of my art.



Creating art labels might initially appear daunting, but with practice and exploration, it becomes an integral and enjoyable part of presenting your art. And with the support of tools like the RevArt SMART Manager, artists are now empowered to create labels that are not just informative but also enhance and complement the artwork itself. Embrace this process, and watch as your art labels transform into storytellers, bridging the gap between your vision and the viewer's experience.