All about your OOAK (one-of-a-kind) original collage purchase:
Each piece of original art from StudioMLC is matted using conservation matboard & backed with 1/8" or 3/16” acid-free foamboard. Archival tapes are used for matting & mounting these pieces. Most collages (unless otherwise noted) are on 140 lb. watercolor paper.
Due to the nature of some of the papers used in collage, StudioMLC recommends purchasing UV glass when framing in order to protect materials from fading.
StudioMLC has made every attempt to accurately display color, however because each computer monitor is different, color may not be exact. 1st images are scanned so they represent colors more accurately than the photographed versions (2nd images in description page). If you are unsure about a particular piece of work, please contact me & I’ll be happy to discuss the palette used in the collage.
Imperfection is an inherent quality of original artwork and should be expected. For instance, some of the edge details may be missing & imperfect or irregular. Also, collage is a deeply layered art-form so there is often dimensionality that cannot be accurately displayed online. For instance, some overlaid imagery is added using a transfer technique which appears shiny against other matte elements & often there are small pieces raised from the surface while others are flush. Just as with color variations, please contact me if you should have questions about a particular piece of art.
Below is a list of mediums I tend to use in collage. If there is anything unusual or worth noting it will be listed in the "special ingredients" section of the product description.
Acrylic & watercolor paint
Charcoal & colored pencils
Permanent marker, ballpoint pen, calligraphic pen
Washi or other colorful tape
Liquid acrylics & stains
Stamps & ink
Chalk & chalk pastels
Tissue paper, magazine scraps, origami paper, hand-painted paper
Other ephemera such as postage stamps, sheet music, handwritten notes, stickers, etc.
In the description for each piece, I list the interior and exterior dimensions. The interior dimension refers to the size of the actual art. The exterior dimension is the overall size = the art plus the surrounding mat.
Where possible, I have used mat sizes that will accommodate most standard frames (i.e. 8x10").
Collages are dated & signed (either full name or initials) in pencil on the front of the piece, as well as on the back.
Shipping & Returns:
I use USPS First Class or Priority Mail to ship pieces from StudioMLC in Columbus, Ohio. After I receive your order, it will take 3-5 business days for me to process it. Usually USPS packages are 1-3 business days in transit. This means your package will likely be delivered anywhere from 4-8 business days from time of payment. Once it is on its way, you will be provided a tracking number to check progress on your shipment.
If you are a resident of Ohio, a 7.5% sales tax will apply to your order.
Because all products of StudioMLC are original, one-of-a-kind, all sales are final. Unfortunately, I am unable to cancel an order, accept returns to process a refund or exchange items at this time.
Damaged goods: If your package is damaged upon arrival, please contact me within 48 hours of receipt so that we can resolve the issue. (*Note: you will need to document the damage with photographs and save the original packing materials).
Lost goods: If a shipment should be “lost”, please let me know when you expected to receive it and I will help run interference with USPS tracking. (*Note: there may be a “wait period” of several weeks to see if shipment is eventually “found”).
I will make decisions about refunds for damaged & lost goods on a case-by-case basis as they occur.
All art is original. I currently do not sell prints of my collages.
All shipping is within U.S.A. but I hope to ship internationally at some point. (Best way to stay informed is to subscribe to my newsletter, Top Layer.)
I do not create custom art at this time, but I'll never say never...If this becomes an option, my Top Layer Newsletter subscribers will be the first to know!
Since StudioMLC is composed of just one little me...on occasion, I may take a break for a vacation or to create stock for my inventory. In this case, StudioMLC will be temporarily closed for shopping & I will post a notification on my website to inform my customers. Ship times will be delayed until my return.
If you choose to share my work on social media, please give proper credit. Sale of original art does not transfer copyright to consumer. My art is never to be used for commercial purposes/monetary gain without my permission.