PRINT BUYING GUIDE



LIMITED EDITION FINE ART EDITORIAL PRINTS




I have a (slight) obsession with beautiful prints - the texture, the softness, the way light dances across beautiful ink and cotton. I believe all works of art, no matter how little or much effort goes into creating them, deserve to be printed and enjoyed every day. It is my honor to present my work as museum-quality archival limited edition prints for you to enjoy owning as much as I enjoyed creating them for you.

Limited Editions


All prints are sold as limited editions of 10 per size. Once the run is sold out, no additional prints will be made in that size (and color profile when sold in multiple profiles such as color, black and white, or sepia). Prints are all sold in full frame (2:3 ratio) presentations, as shown in galleries, and are cropped to other ratios (8x10, 11x14) at my discretion when ordering (you will not receive a proof to view before images goes into production). Images are printed as either color or black & white as shown in galleries.


Each print is signed in pencil on the front in the white border. Prints are numbered, and dated on back. Every purchase includes a signed certificate of provenance and a signed bill of sale.


Archival Paper


I print on luxurious, 100% cotton museum quality archival matte paper – Hahnemühle 100% α-cellulose Torchon paper.


The paper is 285 gsm, 92% whiteness, acid-free, lignin-free, and pH balanced. Hahnemühle is the industry leading standard for fine art printing. Torchon cotton paper is a particularly good choice for exceptional dynamic range, featuring rich, detailed blacks and shadows, soft graduated color transitions, and bright highlights and whites. It is highly tactile and velvety smooth, with a fully non-reflective calcium carbonite buffered finish. It has a smooth, delicately textured warm tone surface, and great tactile qualities – it feels wonderfully soft in your hands. Photographs printed on this paper come out perfectly sharp with outstanding smooth gradations, deep blacks, excellent details, fantastic pictorial depth, and natural, beautifully saturated colors.


Giclée Printing


My fine art prints are produced using the giclée print method. French for "sprayed ink," giclée provides exceptional archival preservation and vibrant dynamic range, rivaling silver-halide and gelatin processes typically found in museums and fine galleries worldwide. These inks in combination with the highest quality cotton paper guarantee outstanding color reproduction, smooth gradations and fantastic details both in the shadows and in the lights.


Size Selection


As a general rule, the finished size of your artwork (including mat and frame) should span a little more than half the width of the wall on which it sits. I strongly recommend placing only one or as few pieces as needed on any wall as larger pieces create visual impact.


I print artwork in standard 2:3 full-frame ratio to display the entire, uncropped, image. Special edition square prints are available and are prices along the longer edge. Special edition prints are non-returnable and non-refundable.

Preservation & Display


If framing is not selected through the studio, clients should expect to mat, frame, and glaze using UV protective glass or acrylic for proper preservation. Print quality guarantee is valid with documented archival preservation (acid-free / lignin-free mats, proper UV protective glazing, dust cover framing) within 60 days of receipt of print.


Prints include ½" white border for clean handling and easy framing. The border does not alter the total overall size of the finished print. Please be sure to take this into account when purchasing mats and frames. Please note that fine art prints are more sensitive than photographic paper to fingerprints and CANNOT get wet as the ink will blur and run. Prints should be displayed away from direct sunlight and cleaned with dry, cotton cloth only.


Framing


All framed prints include 2" cotton bright white acid-free cotton mat, mount board, non-glare clear Arcylic glazing, paper dust cover backing, signed certificate of provenance, assembled wire hanging, and bumper guards. Mouldings are 1" thick American-assembled wood frames. All purchases include signed certificate of authenticity and bill of sale.


Production


From the time you place your order to the time I place the packaged print in the mail, a few things happen. Printing through my commercial fine art printer takes approximately 1 week (a bit longer at the holidays). I receive the print, inspect it, sign it, complete the bill or sale and certificate of authenticity, package it, and hand post it for shipment to you. This whole process takes approximately 7-10 business days. Framing takes approximately 3-4 weeks. Once I have tracking information for your shipment, I will be in touch to let you know its on its way.


If you need prints produced and shipped faster, please contact me before making your order so I can do my best to help.



Earth-Friendly Packaging


The print will arrive in a perfect condition, as my packaging is very secure and sturdy. Unless a car drives over it, it's impossible to get damaged while shipping. Unframed prints up to 12 x 18 are shipped flat, and unframed prints bigger than that – rolled in a tube. The packaging is eco-friendly as I care about our fragile planet and I don't want all these beautiful views that I have photographed to ruin away. Almost all of my packaging can be recycled.


Shipping


USA – UPS Ground (2-4 business days) included with purchase at no cost.

International – FedEx International Priority (2-4 business days). Price calculated at checkout (depending on your location, $20-$35 USD).


All shipments are tracked. Once your order is shipped, I will contact you with with tracking information. 


30-Day Money Back Guarantee


I offer 30-day money-back guarantee for all pints. I'm sure you will love your print. I've never had any returns. However, if it turns out that for whatever reason it's not a fit, just send it back. I will refund your entire purchase, including purchase and USPS Ground return shipping. Returned prints must be in perfect, resellable condition and must be sent back in original packaging for safe return.

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Lifetime Quality Guarantee


This fine art print meets museum archival standards. It will not fade or discolor for at least 100 years, given that you preserve it using only acid-free mounting and framing materials and do not expose the artwork to direct sunlight. If you observe any fading under these proper display conditions, just contact me. I will gladly send you a replacement print at no charge to you.


Returns


I offer a 30-day return policy for unframed prints, which means you have 30 days from the date you receive your print to request return. To be eligible for a return, your item must be in perfect condition and returned in the original packaging. To start a return, you can contact me at karen@karenlippowiths.com. If your return is accepted, I’ll send you a return shipping label with instructions on how and where to send your package. Items sent back without first requesting a return will not be accepted.


Damages & Shipping Issues


Please inspect your order upon receipt immediately and contact me immediately if the item is defective, damaged or if you receive the wrong item, so that I can evaluate the issue and make it right. To report damage, please share photos of the damage (at karen@karenlippowiths.com), along with the exterior and interior view of the packaging that the artwork arrived in. Damages must be reported within 3 business days of receipt for eligible claim.


Exceptions / Non-Returnable Items


Certain types of items cannot be returned, including custom products (such as special orders, personalized items, and items of custom dimensions). Please contact me if you have questions or concerns about your specific item.


Exchanges


Sorry, no exchanges.


Cancellations


Sorry, no cancellations. In order to minimize wait time, I put prints into production and reserve framing services immediately upon receiving your order.


Refunds


I will notify you once I've received and inspected your return will let you know if the refund was approved. If approved, you will be automatically refunded to your original payment method. Please remember, it can take several days for your bank or credit card company to process and post the refund.