Here are some questions you might have about my chosen medium, my art process, art prints and custom pieces…However, if you don’t see your answer here, please feel free to contact me: mariekadiepenvee@gmail.com

General Art Questions

1. What is alcohol ink and how do you use it?

Alcohol inks are essentially liquid dyes, (very concentrated pigment in an alcohol base.) They dry very fast (within seconds), but can be re-activated using more ink or just straight alcohol. They come in little bottles, and since they are a liquid, they usually need a non-porous surface to work with. I paint on polystyrene sheets (more about that below #2). Applying with a paintbrush, spray bottle, foam stamp, or directly out of the ink bottles themselves, each produce a different effect. The order in which applied will also vary the results quite drastically. It’s basically a matter of experimentation and learning what techniques produce the results you are looking for. I gravitate towards creating abstract compositions or very fluid landscapes, using colours to build interesting forms and texture.

2. What do you paint on? How will I receive my painting?

I paint on a plastic polystyrene sheet. It’s a thin, smooth, and non-porous surface, that can be cut down to whatever size you want. I then seal the painting with a UV coating. You can choose to have your painting framed or mounted on a wooden board. (See here for more info) If the piece needs to be shipped, I usually prefer to send it unframed, rolled in a shipping tube. Of course it is possible to send framed, however, personally, I prefer to avoid the stress of it arriving damaged.

3. How long does a custom piece take you?

I guess it depends on if I have any other projects on the go. But if I am free to work solely on one painting I can usually finish it in a few days. That said, sometimes I like to step back for a while, and then return to look with fresh eyes. So I usually want to allow at least a week for breathing room. If you are interested, ask me about a custom piece, and I can try to work with your deadline.

4. Can you to replicate a previous piece that has been sold, that I saw on your website?

Because of the nature of alcohol ink, (see above #1) it’s impossible to replicate patterns and textures from one piece to another that are exactly the same. I can however, use the same colours and style of the piece to recreate a similar “overall feel” of a piece.

5. What sizes painting can you do?

I can paint any size you want, up to 2’x3’, which is the size of the plastic sheets I use. If you want the piece to be framed, then I would suggest going with a standard size from your local framers. Custom framing is always an option as well, so unique sizes are also possible. However, keep this in mind when considering your budget, as it can add up quickly. This also applies when mounting on wooden panel boards. Stores have wide range of standard sizes. But, anything custom would have to be outsourced, and added on to the final price.

Art Print Questions

1. What size frame do I need for your art print?

You will need a frame with a window size of 12″x18″. The paper is actually 13”x19”, because it includes a 1/2” white border so you don’t have to crop any of the image when attaching to your mat. If you want to use a very minimal or thin frame, or with no mat at all, you might have to trim off the white border. (It trims easily with an exacto knife and ruler.)

2. Do you offer your prints in any other sizes?

Short answer: sorry, nope.
I don’t print these in-house. So I get all my prints ahead of time, so that I have them in stock and ready to ship when ordered. However, if you are really set on a different size let me know and I can get you a price. Keep in mind it will take longer to ship, especially depending on the printers availability.

3. Are your prints Limited Edition?

Currently, the 6 prints I have for sale are ‘Open Edition’ (meaning, there is no limit to how many will be printed.) I do this to keep my prices low.
However, in the near future I am going to be offering a new line (with all new designs) of ‘Embellished Prints’. These will be printed on canvas and then each one will be individually hand-embellished with (depending on the design) different features, such as gold leaf. Each one will be unique. These prints will also be ‘Limited Edition’ (meaning, I will only be releasing a certain amount and then they will never be offered again.)

4. Can I purchase a print digitally and print it myself?

No, I don’t offer this option. Personally, I don’t want to deal with the complications and possibilities of copyright infringement. This might work great for other artists and businesses, however, it’s not something I am personally comfortable with. And, therefore I don’t give out high resolution copies of my art.

5. Can I hang the print with one of those ‘Magnetic Wooden Poster Hangers’ instead of a regular glass frame?

Sure! That would add a great contemporary look. They are printed on premium thick 100lbs glossy photo paper. So, they are fairly sturdy and I think would hold up nicely. You would need to purchase a 12” one.