Hello you beautiful soul!
I totally get it if you're not sure about what to expect with commissioning your own art. Collecting and investing in art shouldn't be this intimidating process limited to certain people. I'm about to break it all down in 3 steps, as best I can, so you have a better idea of what to expect and hopefully, I can then get to know you and your story better, whilst producing an original piece of art solely for you and your interior. Don't worry if after this you still don't know - book a consultation with me and we can discuss everything to make it perfect for you.
Step One: "asl?" area / surface / length (& width)
The first step is to better understand the space you would like your art to be displayed in. Ask yourself alllll the questions like: "Whereabouts do I want it? Do I want it as big as me? Or do I want it to be something a bit more subtle? How do I wanna feel looking at it? Do I wanna walk into the room and go DAAANG WOW or do I want it to compliment and tie in my interior details?"
When it comes to what you may want to feel viewing it, the size is just as important as the actual design itself. Then it depends on what type of surface you want it on to contribute to the vibe as well. I work with either Premium 10oz Cotton Stretched Canvases or "Fabriano Paper" (not just cos it sounds la-di-da but it's SO sexy, I'll explain in a bit).
The Stretched Canvases can come in two different depths of either 19mm or 38mm - this just refers to how far away the actual painting will sit away from the wall. If you're wanting to frame the painting as well, the depth will then be a bit more depending on which tray frame you choose. The longer the depth, the more dramatic it will look on the wall.
If you're wanting a piece of art that is more subtle than a depth of 19mm / 38mm, then that's where Fabriano Paper comes in to save the day. It's basically a lovely thick textured card paper than feels like canvas texture... but on paper?! Mad. Normally, painting on standard card/paper would tend to "warp" paintings and create unwanted shadows and disfigurement. So this will feel just like how a stretched canvas would - it also means you can then just frame it with standard frames instead.
If you're wanting a giant piece of art, Stretched Canvases can be as big as you want it to be! They are tightly stretched around sturdy pine wood frames to ensure they last well. The price list below has guideline sizes and prices to give you an idea of what it could cost but if there's a custom size you have in mind, we can definitely make it happen!
If you are working to a particular budget; don't be afraid to let me know. I can explore all the options with you to help find something that fits within your budget.
Step Two: Gimme allllll the feels
There's so many different routes we could go down to get to the final design of your bespoke art. If you've seen something on my Instagram that you'd like for yourself, we can create a similar version based on qualities tailored to you.
If you are furnishing a room with beautiful pieces of furniture you'd like to compliment, we can design a painting based around them to tie the interior together.
If you're after something totally abstract or an abstract version of a story or landscape that means the world to you, we can work together to create that perfect piece for you.
This is the beauty of commissioning your own painting. It's dedicated only to you and you'll be the only person in the world to own this original painting.
Part of the fun of this process is figuring out which colours you'd like and whether you want to add texture or metallic highlights (or both!) to your piece. Don't worry, I don't expect you to know all the answers just yet - it's something we can explore together to make sure it's perfect. With this, I really appreciate and welcome receiving photos or videos of the room you'd like it to be in or if you have any inspiration photos.
I'll always welcome learning more about the story behind your commission and learning more about you, if you're wanting to share. Being a highly sensitive person and an empath, getting to know the reasons behind the painting really does mean so much to me. I already feel so honoured to produce paintings for you but for you to let me in and get to know you, really means the world and makes painting so much more meaningful. I know I'm a bit of a soppy mare but I love that it just adds another dimension to the painting, if I can pour the same emotions you hold and want including, into the art for you.
Step Three: The finishing touches, *chef's kiss*
Once we've figured out the size and design, I'll create a complimentary digital sketch of the vision so you have a better idea of how it could look. This sketch isn't always the final design - I always find along the way it gets changed as the painting goes through stages, which is absolutely fine! Communication is key to me, so I'll always keep in touch with you with updates and always welcome changes so it's absolutely perfect for you.
Paintings can look more refined and complete with a frame that either compliments or enhances aspects of the painting. We can explore framing options together to find the right one for the painting. If you'd like to browse through options, my tray framing catalogue is linked below or click here.
The total price is then finalised for the painting, including extras and shipping. To secure your slot in my diary, I'll require a non-refundable deposit of £100 or 25% of the total price if below £100. It's then totally up to you how you would like to pay for the rest. I am happy to receive split payments up until completion, or receive the rest upon completion - whether that's in full or split interest-free over 3 months through Klarna.
I hope this has helped give you a better idea on how to go about this process. Don't feel like you need to have all this ready to start. If you feel like you don't even know what to commission, that's absolutely fine. I'll be here for you, we can arrange to have a consultation and I can help recommend options based on your current or future interior plans.
I’d be more than happy to guide you personally through the process, as well as tailoring to fit your budget.
If there's a piece of art you have already seen that isn't available, just be mindful that I will not recreate the exact same painting but will strive to create something similar for you that will compliment your interior.
Remember that commissions can take time, and you don’t want to rush the process, so try and leave plenty of time before your deadline and get in touch as early as possible. Lead times can vary, usually 2-3 weeks, but I'll give you a better idea at the time.
Whether you have a fully formed concept, or just want to play around with some ideas, I’m looking forward to hearing from you!
TLDR: (TOO LONG DIDN'T READ SUMMARY)
How big and thick do you want the surface to be? Canvas or paper?
Which design / colours / style / texture / emotion / feels do you want including?