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  • ORIGINAL ART: What materials do you use and are they artist quality?
    Working with quality is important to me and I always use artist quality materials and tools. Ensuring that the artwork has the highest archival standard. Artwork descriptions will outline information on the all materials used. You can message me via my ‘Contact’ page if you require further information on the materials and techniques used for the artwork you are interested in purchasing. All artworks are handmade by me and are unique and original.
  • ORIGINAL ART: NO Frames & NO Mount/Matt Boards
    All artworks are purchased WITHOUT frames or mount/matt board. Please note, that some images on this website will show an artwork presented in a frame with mount/matt, but this is for display purposes only, to give you an idea on what the artwork could possibly look like when framed.
  • ORIGINAL ART: How will my artwork be packaged?
    I make every effort to carefully and securely package the artwork, so they will arrive to their new homes safely. Note, that individual artwork descriptions in listings will outline whether the artwork will be packaged flat or in a tube. Which method used is often determined by a few factors, e.g. the size of the artwork, the type of support used (flexible or ridge), and the media used to create the artwork. FLAT PACKED This method of packaging artwork is usually used for small artworks up to A3 in size. Artwork is first wrapped in glassine paper (an acid free paper) and then sandwiched between sturdy backing-boards and wrapped with cellophane. It is then placed into a plastic pocket and finally placed into a plastic postage bag. The postage package will display the words ‘FRAGILE’ and ‘DO NOT BEND’. Note; Several individual pieces of artwork may be placed into one postage package. TUBE PACKED This method of packaging artwork is usually used for large artworks on paper, usually artworks that measure A3 in size or bigger. Artwork is first carefully rolled in glassine paper (an acid free paper), bubble wrap and waterproof bag before being put in a wide sturdy tube.
  • ORIGINAL ART: Advice on removing artwork from packaging.
    TUBE PACKAGING I recommend you un-roll your rolled-up artwork as soon as you receive your purchase. The longer you leave the artwork in the tube, the more difficult it could be to make the paper sit flat. FLAT PACKAGING Please take care, to avoid damaging the artwork or yourself, if using a knife or scissors to remove artwork from flat packaging. Watercolour and graphite artworks on paper need special care when handling. Please avoid touching the surface of the artwork, as to prevent damaging artwork. Hold the artwork on opposite corners to avoid kinking the paper. I provide additional advice in another FAQ on looking after your artwork. Through my experience, framers take on work, with previously rolled artwork.
  • ORIGINAL ART: Advice on looking after watercolour paintings and tips on framing.
    The below advice is also true for artworks such as, graphite, charcoal, Pen & Ink… To keep your artwork in good condition, please follow the tips below; Avoiding displaying or storing your watercolour painting where there is damp, direct sunlight and heat. Do not display/hang your watercolour painting in direct sunlight, as this will fade the artwork. Do not display/hang your watercolour painting in excessively dry conditions e.g. above a radiator or other heating device. Keep watercolour paintings away from damp and humid conditions, as these will encourage mildew on your artwork. Watercolour and graphite artworks on paper need special care when handling. Please avoid touching the surface of the artwork, as to prevent damaging artwork. Hold the artwork on opposite corners to avoid kinking the paper. Do not touch the watercolour painted surface, as the oils from your skin will leave marks on the painting surface and therefore damage it. This damage to the surface and fingerprints will be partially visible where techniques have been used to create gloss and satin sheen watercolour surface textures. Watercolour paint is re-soluble when dry on paper, so at all costs avoid getting the painting wet, as this will damage the painted surface. Note, that the correct weight of watercolour paper is selected for the given watercolour techniques used. The watercolour paper is prepared by stretching prior to painting. Occasionally, due to the nature of the techniques and materials used, some paintings may be slightly bowed, this is a perfectly natural effect. The bowed result can be lessened when the painting is mounted and framed. REMOVING ARTWORK FROM PACKAGING Tube Packaging - I recommend you un-roll your rolled-up artwork as soon as you receive your purchase. The longer you leave the artwork in the tube, the more difficult it could be to make the paper sit flat. Flat Packaging - please take care, to avoid damaging the artwork or yourself, if using a knife or scissors to remove artwork from flat packaging. FRAMING WATERCOLOURS Watercolour paintings must be framed behind glass with a mount. The mount keeps the watercolour surface away from the glass. Note that the word ‘mount board’ is sometimes referred to as a ‘matt’ / ‘matt board’. STORING WATERCOLOURS Un-framed watercolour paintings should not be left unprotected and should be stored in a safe place (clean, dry area) until such time as you can have them framed. They should be stored flat in a large drawer or at least in a portfolio, with each watercolour painting interleaved with a sheet of acid-free tissue paper or glassine paper, specially made for this purpose. Do not bend or roll watercolour paintings for storage.
  • ORIGINAL ART: Will the artwork be signed and dated?
    All my paintings and drawings contain my ‘sign’ on the front of the artwork (this is usually incorporated into the design). The reverse of the artwork contains my full name, signed, main media used and the year the artwork was created.
  • Where can I find beautiful frames to use?
    Note, all original artwork is purchased WITHOUT a frame or mount/matt board. Great frame options can be found at IKEA, H&M and Habitat. They offer a wide selection of sizes and frame designs at affordable prices.

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