Delia Reiss Collection

FAQ

Welcome to the Delia Reiss Collection Frequently Asked Questions page.

Thank you for stopping by. This page will give you more information about my artwork. I hope you find it helpful!

Purchasing original artwork is a wonderful thing to do. Congratulations for your interest in doing so. Reproductions are easy to come by and many people are fine with just that. Yet there is truly something special about collecting original art and the value of having a collection of pieces from one particular artist. This may be the first time you have purchased any artwork and there are bound to be some questions. Even if you have already collected art, there may be helpful information for you here. Some of the questions I've included are ones that people have often asked me when selling my artwork at art shows. I hope most of your questions are covered here but if not, feel free to contact me.

What type of paper do you use?
Fine French archival 30 gram rag paper. (Rives BFK). Most images have ample borders around the edges.

What type of canvas do you use?
100% natural cotton duck with either 3/4 inch or 1.5 inch heavy duty frames. Each canvas has an archival quality acrylic titanium gesso priming underneath the actual painting. Staple free sides. Painting continues along all sides.

Will you send me the same painting that I purchase or will you make a similar one?
When you order an original painting, you will receive the same one. Keep in mind that color tones may vary slightly from the visual as seen on your computer, tablet or mobile device. If you order an etching or collograph, currently it may have to be made special which has a two week turn around time. However, this is in the process of being changed. Soon all etchings and collographs shown will be the exact ones sent.

What are etchings and collographs?
This is a good question and has a lengthy answer! 
   An etching is created on a metal plate (I use zinc). After the zinc is cut to the size of choice, it is then covered with a black waxy substance and a design is scratched onto it with an etching needle that exposes the line areas to the metal. The plate then soaks in an acid solution until the lines are deeply etched on the plate. Then it is cleaned and the textured indent of the lines can be easily detected. Next the sides are smoothed and filed, a laboring process. Finally the plate is ready! The etching ink is squeegeed on the plate and wiped with a starched cheese cloth until most of the ink that is left is inside the scratched lines. Damp paper is then laid on top of the plate and it gets rolled through the etching press. Voila! Seeming like magic (albeit after a long preparation time) a design is born! Each print has to be re-inked and rolled through individually again for the same vibrant color although one or two lighter versions can be printed before having to re-ink. After drying between boards overnight, I then paint on the image with acrylics and black ink. Sometimes before rolling through the press I use more than one color of etching ink on the plate (this is called "a la poupe" meaning "to doll up"). It is a much more tedious technique than regular painting and creates deep rich colors and texture. 
   A collograph is similar to an etching except that the initial plate is not metal. It is a board. There is no need for the waxy substance or to soak in acid. A line is carefully scratched on the board, and the ink(s) wiped on. The texture is not quite as rich as an etching and the edges of the images are not embossed, but it has an equally interesting look. The edition sizes on the boards cannot be as large. For instance while the edition sizes for the etchings can be up to 100, the collographs can go as high as 30. Each piece that I make varies in colors and texture which is why the word "unique" can be found next to the edition # on the left.

What is an Artist Proof (A/P)? 
An artist proof is a small percentage of the print edition. Typically no more than 10% of the edition. I usually do about 5 artist proofs before starting the edition. Sometimes I only do artist proofs instead of a full edition. Each work is numbered directly below the left side of the image. If it is an artist proof I write a/p and the number of the proof over the total proofs using roman numerals.

Why do they say "unique"?
The reason I write unique above the number is because each piece in the edition is different from the other. Another words even though the design is a "print", each one is hand inked and painted in a different way. In this respect they are all really original works of art. and therefore the term "original etching or collograph" is used.

What happens if I receive an artwork and I want to return it? Are returns allowed?
While it is unusual that this happens, it is understandable that on occasion a collector may want to return an artwork. Therefore returns are acceptable within 5 days of receipt. The shipment costs however are not covered. When returning an artwork you will need to re-package it carefully as close to how it was received as possible. A tracking # is important as well. Upon receipt of the returned artwork your account will be credited.

What are my options if after 5 days I feel that I no longer want to the piece?
Exchanges for another artwork in a similar price point minus the shipping cost may be possible but refunds after 5 days are unlikely.

I've bought artwork from galleries and art shows and usually I make an offer first and there is some negotiation. Do you negotiate on your prices?
Due to the nature of the internet this is not something that can easily be done unless there is an auction format which is technically beyond my expertise at this point. Therefore I've priced the artwork at a slightly lower than retail price to offer the best deal possible. In addition, after choosing your first piece you can expect to receive special promotions and incentives towards your next artwork purchase(s). If you are a wholesale buyer who wishes to purchase multiple pieces for your gallery or store, please inquire by email about pricing.

What are Bitcoins and why do you only have a shopping cart for Bitcoin and not credit card payments?
Bitcoin is a virtual currency which has recently started to be used more often via the internet. There is a link on the home page which tells you more about Bitcoin. The shopping cart for credit card payments is currently under construction. For the time being- please send me an email and I will give you the shipping address to send your check and/or the telephone # to process a credit card payment by phone.

I noticed that you have a link for prints or posters. Are these available in a larger quantity?
Yes, please inquire by email for the price points of larger quantities.  These images were printed for a company in Japan several years ago and there are still a good amount available for the United States and other countries. 

What is the licensing link all about and how can I see more images?
Any of the artworks shown on this site are available to purchase for licensing. For example, suppose you love my art and want to put it on products for your personal sales, a company logo, products, advertising campaign, your website, etc. For more details and specifics, please email me for a discussion.

Your artwork lends itself to children's book illustration. Do you have any plans to go in this direction?
I am currently considering a few projects and continue to keep my options open. 

Do you do commission work?
I have done this in the past (one etching in the Delia archives was commissioned for a department store in Japan). Although this is not something that I do regularly, I will consider it.

Have you ever done murals or set design?
I designed and painted the backdrop for an outdoor Shakespeare in the Park show two summers ago. One thing I'd like to do is murals for children's rooms. Please inquire if interested.

I hope that your questions have been answered on this page. If not, please feel free to contact me. Thank you and happy art collecting!

Delia Reiss