Gift ideas: when to order custom watercolour artwork!


You wanna buy your friend/family member/significant other/someone a gift they will treasure FOREVER, and you’ve decided on custom artwork - yeah?





If not, well, I have to say it’s a GREAT gift idea - the recipient will love it, they can keep it forever, frame it on their wall to remember a special person/place/moment in time - and they’ll think of you every time they see it too.


Golly, the ultimate personalised gift, what’s not to love?! PLUS, you can guarantee they won’t already have the thing - winning!


But anyway, when the heck should you start thinking about ordering custom art?


I can only speak for myself, buuut the sooner the better!


Why? Well, custom artwork takes time to create!


What’s the process???


Well, before any painting begins, you’ll likely need to send through a reference photo (here are some tips on that!) to me (or if it’s another artist, replace me with their name!) so I can see what I’m actually painting! Then, I whip up a sketch and send it through for you to approve, to make sure that everything is in the right spot (you know, the letterbox is on the correct side of the driveway, the doggo’s ears are pointy instead of floppy, or whatever!).


Once the sketch is approved THEN the painting starts, which can take a few days. Plus, particularly at busy times of year (Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Christmas etc) things get BUSY with custom artwork orders - so it can sometimes take between 4 to 5 weeks for your custom artwork to be ready.


Buuut what happens if you’ve left things to the last minute?


WELL, you should still get in touch - sometimes spaces become available, and if not, artists often have OTHER artist friends they can refer you to (phew, lifesaver right?).


So, if you have a special event coming up and you want custom artwork, get. on. it. You’ll want to allow four to five weeks for artwork to be created PLUS time for your artwork to be posted.


If you want more info about the process, grab my Custom Artwork Design Guide below!



I acknowledge and pay respect to the lutruwita (Tasmania) community as the traditional and original owners and continuing custodians of this land on which I live, work create and paint.

© Ruby Tuesday Art® 2020. All rights reserved.

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