Breastmilk Art

Frequently asked questions relating to Breastmilk Portrait Paintings

No, you can use breastmilk that is several years old and it will still be fine to include in the artwork.

The recommendations you see regarding storage times for breastmilk is applicable to when you are feeding your milk to your infant/child only.

Yes, frozen breastmilk is perfectly fine to use. If you are not wanting to defrost a whole bag, break off a piece of frozen breastmilk roughly 6cm x 6xm and 1cm thick.

This works out to roughly 10mls.

Yes I do. I have been granted an import license from the Australian department of agriculture.

Further information can be found on the Order Process page, but please let me know if you need more information.

Yes. I have conducted a yeast and mold test through Symbio Laboratories. The samples came back with zero yeast or mold growth.

A copy of the report can be found here if you wish to read it.

Here are some tips for selecting the right photos to send in:

File size:  preferably high resolution as more detail will come through into the painting. I have worked with photos as small as 40kb before and the process has still worked. 

File type: all

Photo features: detailed fabrics in clothing look great in a painting.

Make sure the top of the head is not cut off, if its only slightly cut off that's fine, I can edit it.

Looking away from the camera, and looking towards the other subject (ie, mother looking at child) evokes a more loving vibe.

Remove accessories such as pacifiers /dummies, hats, sunglasses.

STEP 1
Place an order online for your portrait and please ensure you have uploaded a photo.

STEP 2
Please put 5-10mls of breastmilk into a ziplock bag.I recommend double bagging the breastmilk to protect against any possible spillage during shipping. Please send no more than 50mls to avoid spillage

STEP 3
Please send to the following address via EXPRESS Post, advising me of the tracking number:

Gina Jones Creations,
Parcel Locker 10238 43793,
38 Sheridan Street,
Cairns City,
QLD,
4870

Note: Express post is not required for international customers. It is just a recommendation due to greater delay with standard shipping speed across Australia.

STEP 4
Once the order is placed and your breastmilk is received, the breastmilk will go through the preservation/treatment process.

STEP 5
When I have the photos and breastmilk I will start on the photo conversion and painting.

STEP 6
After the painting is completed and has been sealed, I will send you a photo and video of the final painting.

STEP 7
I allow 48hours to allow all the layers of sealants to cure. After that I will post out your lovingly gift wrapped painting.

No, you are absolutely fine to send the breastmilk in the post.

Breastmilk jewelers use breastmilk preservation powders. This varies between different jewelers, and most will keep their method as a closely guarded secret.

My first painting I tried using preservation powder and the effect was very gritty, so I decided I would develop my own method. The method has been in development for a long time, and finally I have a result that doesn't spoil, does not smell, gives a smooth result and is a process I can proudly stand behind.

The process has been scientifically tested and verified by third party laboratories.

As this is a process developed by myself I have protected the Breastmilk Portrait Paintings under Intellectual Property.

Portraits (both types)

Frequently asked questions about both types of portraits

Here are some tips for selecting the right photos to send in:

File size:  preferably high resolution as more detail will come through into the painting. I have worked with photos as small as 40kb before and the process has still worked. 

File type: all

Photo features: detailed fabrics in clothing look great in a painting.

Make sure the top of the head is not cut off, if its only slightly cut off that's fine, I can edit it.

Looking away from the camera, and looking towards the other subject (ie, mother looking at child) evokes a more loving vibe.

Remove accessories such as pacifiers /dummies, hats, sunglasses.

Please expect up to 2 weeks to complete the painting. This excludes shipping times.

Absolutely.

I like my customers to be happy with their painting as this is something they will treasure for many years.

I use your precious family photo or any given photo to create the negative white space that you will see on example paintings on the website.

The paintings are created with alcohol inks, and synthetic paper.

Prints

Further information about the prints

Giclee printing is used for the printing of all prints, with the service being conducted by professional print makers.

Giclée printing is the 'gold standard' of printing, It is known for the greater depth of range and colour as giclée printers use 12 individual colours, where as inkjet uses a 4 colour combination.

As a result this produces the closest replication to original paintings.

Yes. I do ship worldwide.

The print comes from one of my original paintings and are generally scanned at 600dpi or 1200dpi depending on painting size.

Paintings are scanned with an Epson Perfection V600 with the addition of Silverfast scanning software to get the best scanning results.

Colour profiles between monitor, scanner, and my print manufacturer are calibrated, so you can be sure to receive the highest quality Fine Art Print close to the original painting.

Further enhancements such as dust removal and noise reduction is peformed in Photoshop and Topaz Suite.

Wall art should take up 60%- 75% of the available wall space, i.e wall space that isn’t covered by furniture or moldings.

Start by measuring the width and height of your wall and then multiply them by both 0.60 and 0.75.

This will give you the range of canvas print sizes that will suit the space.

For example: If you have a blank wall that is 9 feet tall and 5 feet wide, you would multiply both 9 and 5 by 0.6 and 0.75.

The ideal height of the canvas would be between 5.4 to 6.75 and the ideal width would between 3 feet and 3.75 feet.

TIP: Placing sheets of paper on the wall where you plan to hang the painting can give you a more visual idea of the size required.

I can provide a mockup for you for no extra charge.

Simply email me a photo of the room with height and width, and I will create an insitu, to scale mockup of how the artwork would look in the desired space.

This depends on several factors such as budget and whether quality is a factor.

Purchasing a printable and printing it at home on your printer, or having it printed at the local stationary store will be slightly cheaper, however, the lifespan and quality will be greatly reduced.

This is due to using standard printing methods instead of giclée like what is used by my print suppliers, and quality of papers.

See below for visual examples of the difference between the printing methods.

Learn more about the difference between the quality in prints HERE