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FAQ


Shipping 

 

When will my order be shipped? 

Prints will usually be shipped out within 5 business days, after which the delivery time depends on the destination. Please see the Shipping + Policies for more information about delivery times to your country

How much does the shipping cost? 

All orders are currently being shipped free of charge, no matter the destination. There might be additional import taxes applied to orders sent outside of the European Union. Any such charges are the buyer's responsibility. 

Do you ship overseas? 

I most certainly do free of charge, of course.  

How are your prints packaged?  

I take the utmost care to make sure that your newly purchased prints arrive to you in pristine condition. All prints larger than a postcard are shipped in a flat packaging (not rolled up), wrapped inside acid-free paper, sandwiched between two layers of heavy-duty greyboard, and shipped inside a cardboard box. Postcard size prints are shipped in a cardboard envelope. I use only eco-friendly materials that can be recycled or reused, and the packaging is 100% plastic free! You can see an example of the packaging here 

What if something goes wrong with my delivery? 

If your order gets damaged or lost in transit, don’t stress out. Just send me an email at hello@maarithanninen.com, and I’ll help you to receive a new print or a refund. Please see the Shipping + Policies page for further information.  

 

Payments 

 

What payment methods do you accept? 

You can choose from the following secure payment options: Shopify Payments (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Maestro, iDeal, Shopify Pay, Apple Pay, Google Pay) and PayPal Express Checkout. 

Why are your art prints more expensive than other art prints that I see online? 

All of my art prints are made using hand-carved printing blocks, and pressed by hand. The process is time-consuming and laborious, and the resulting editions are limited in quantity. As a matter of fact, unlike digital reproductions, all handmade art prints are considered to be original pieces of art, just like paintings. In addition, I use only high-quality materials, and the prices are inclusive of shipping fees.   

 

Cancellations and returns 

 

Can I return my order if I change my mind? 

Absolutely! If you are not satisfied with your order, I am happy to accept your return, and refund your money, minus any customs fees and return shipment fees. Please read the “Returns” section on my Shipping + Policies page for more details.  

Are there any additional or “hidden” fees? 

The price you see on my website is the price that you pay, shipping fees included. In some cases, items sent to destinations outside of the European Union are subject to import taxes. These charges are determined by the customs office of the destination country, and are the buyer’s responsibility. 

 

Materials 

 

Are your materials eco-friendly? 

Whenever possible, I use eco-friendly and ethically sourced materials for my prints and packaging. Many of the papers that I use are handmade with recycled or waste fibers, such as recycled cotton rag or banana leaves. In addition, I use plant oil-based printmaking inks and no solvents. My plastic-free and eco-friendly packaging is mostly made out of recycled materials, and it can be reused and recycled.  

 

Printmaking 

 

What is linocut? 

Linocut is a printmaking technique in which a design is being carved into a block of linoleum (lino), and used as a stamp to create multiple impressions of the same design. Because the entire process is done by hand, these impressions, called “linocuts”, all carry their own unique characteristics, and are considered to be original pieces of art. 

What tools are needed for making linocuts, and where can I buy them

The most important tools and materials that you’ll need are the linoleum, carving tools, ink, ink roller (brayer), paper, and a baren (a spoon will also work) or a press for transferring the image from the block to paper. You can find a list of my tools and equipment on the Materials page. You'll also find links to some retailers on that same page.

How do you get such even ink on your prints? 

This is probably the most difficult and most frustrating part of printmaking, and it’s something that all printmakers run into from time to time. The things that have helped me the most are:  

  • using thin paper with little or no texture 
  • using good quality oil-based inks instead of water-based ones 
  • applying enough ink on the plate  
  • using enough pressure for the printing 
  • lightly sanding the linoleum with fine grit sand paper prior to carving
Do you use oil or water-based inks? 

I use only oil-based inks. They look better, last longer, and are water-resistant.  

How do you transfer you designs to lino? 

Depending on the project, I might use carbon paper, inkjet transfer (watch my YouTube video to see how it’s done), or draw directly on the lino with pencil and markers. 

How do I get such fine lines and details? 

I use very small and very sharp tools. My smallest tool is only 0.5 mm wide U shaped Pfeil linocut tool. 

How do you sharpen your tools?

I hone my tools very frequently - usually every 30 minutes of carving - with a product called "SlipStrop" from Flexcut. You'll find more information about it from the Materials page. 

Any cutting tips for beginners? 

To get a hang of how the tools work, I recommend sacrificing a piece of lino just to test your tools first. Try the different V and U shape tools to see how they work for straight or curvy lines, how to make deep and shallow cuts, and how to make fine lines and clear large areas. 

Always cut away from your hands and body to avoid accidentally cutting yourself! I use a non-slip matting (bought from hardware store) to keep my lino in place, but you can also use a bench hook. 

Keep in mind that the areas that you cut away will not be printed, and the areas that are left, will take the ink. Pay attention to where you cut because it’s easy to get carried away and cut out wrong areas. 

Lastly, keep your tools sharp. Although sharp tools might sound more intimidating, they are actually less likely to slip.

 

My work and inspiration 

 

What inspires your artwork?  

My love for nature, plants and animals is strongly present in my work. I draw inspiration from various art styles and cultures, from folk art to mehndi and old-school tattoos. I love discovering new influences, and implementing them into my work.  

I’d like to see how you make your prints. Is that possible? 

Sure! I have a YouTube channel with a few detailed videos about my process, and you can find tons of shorter process videos on my Instagram page. 

Do you offer printmaking workshops? 

I am currently not offering workshops, but I might do so in the future. If you’d like to be notified about any future workshops (online or offline), please make sure to subscribe to my newsletter on my home page. 

How can I get notified about new prints, sales, etc? 

The best way to receive notifications about my sales and other news is by following me on Instagram, and by subscribing to my newsletter on my home page.  

I’d like to know more about your process and tools. Where can I find such information? 

Check out the printmaking section above, as well as the the Materials page.  

Do you have a physical location or art gallery? 

Unfortunately, I don’t currently have a physical location to display my art. Should the situation change, you can receive a notification about it by subscribing to my newsletter on my home page.  

 

Print care 

 

How can I care for my newly purchased art prints? 

As a rule of thumb, keep the prints at room temperature, and avoid high humidity and direct sunlight. You can read more about print care on my Shipping + Policies page. 

 

Commissions and collaborations 

 

I would like to order a custom piece from you. Do you accept commissions? 

I do accept commissions from time to time. Please let me know what you have in mind by dropping me a line, and I’ll get back to you with more details.

I’m looking for artists to collaborate with. Would you be interested?  

I am always interested to hear about collaboration opportunities. Please don’t hesitate to propose your ideas! You can do so by sending me an email to hello@maarithanninen.com. 

 

 

Were you unable to find the answer to your question? You can get in touch either through the Contact page, or by emailing me at hello@maarithanninen.com! 

If you would like to learn about my printmaking tools and equipment, be sure to check out the Materials page.