3 Quick Tips When Buying Your First Piece of Art

June 06, 2016  •  Leave a Comment


Vintage ChicoryVintage ChicoryArtist original giclée prints available in standard sizes. Custom crops and aspect ratios are available upon request.

5x7 - $29
8x10 - $49
11x14 - $89
16x20 - $149

* Framing and matting not included.

Shipping & Handling:
5x7 - $12
8x10 - $15
11x14 - $19
16x20 - $24

* Shipping to USA only. All artwork is placed in an acid-free archival sleeve and carefully prepared for shipment to ensure safe arrival of your new artwork.

Paper choice is critical for both archival and presentation purposes. Tim uses Hahnemühle paper that is acid-free, calcium carbonate buffered, and it has a smooth surface texture. Hahnemühle has been producing and selling artist’s paper since 1584. Over 425 years of experience has shown that Hahnemühle's acid-free papers last for many generations, making your choice of art a good investment.

Tim uses professional fine art giclée printers with archival quality pigment based inks in conjunction with the Hahnemühle paper to create a high-quality piece of original art that can last hundreds of years.

Your new artwork is trimmed to size and arrives ready to frame immediately. We standardized our artwork dimensions to common “off the shelf” frame sizes to help you get your new art installed in the fastest and least expensive way.
When I thought about writing this article, my mind was racing with a lot of different ideas.  I want to keep this article brief, but impactful for the new art buyer so I will list the top three pieces of advice that I would likely share with someone asking me about buying their first piece of art.  

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1 - Buy a piece of art because you love it.  Often it fits with your home decor, or it is something more personal and represents something emotional.  Find a place in your home or office to display your art and set aside time to relax and appreciate it.  I create art to enrich the lives of people, and it brings me tremendous joy when I get phone calls or emails from people that tell me my artwork brings them peace or happiness on a regular basis.  

2 - Art doesn't have to be expensive to be valued and appreciated.  Buy art because you appreciate the artist, and you are interested in their work and the reasons why they create the type of art that they do.  Supporting an artist is a kind and noble act.  Art is one of the fundamental differences between humanity and other species.  

3 -  Understand the differences between original art, limited editions, and reproductions.  You may want to read my article that I created to help first-time art buyers.  

Most importantly, have fun, enjoy your new art and send me an email and tell me about your experience as a first-time art buyer.  

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-Tim Layton 

Tim Layton
Darkroom & Large Format Photography
Platinum Histograph Heirloom Prints & MiniaturesTM



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