Product Information

Take a look at this Product Information page to find out about different types of paper, sizes and formats. 

We craft beautiful, original hand-drawn paintings, create original computer designed artwork and take the most amazing photos for you to enjoy in your own home. They also make amazing gifts for Christmas, birthdays and special occasions. Give thoughtful presents to your friends and family which they’ll treasure for years to come.

Seaside Emporium images are mostly available in a variety of sizes and formats. First of all pick the picture which you like. Then select the format, size, type of paper and more from the dropdowns provided.

A considerable amount of time and research goes into sourcing good quality card and paper stocks with a nice feel and weight. The same goes for paper finishes – selecting the types to best show off the image printed on it.

Please get in touch if you’d like to order something bespoke. We can make pretty much anything you’d like. We can also offer discounts for large orders for businesses.

Made to Order

Each product is made to order just for you. In the rare event that you aren’t satisfied with your print when you receive it you can return it in a saleable condition for a refund. However we cannot accept returns on bespoke products as they are non-standard (of course damaged special orders can still be returned). 

As prints/mounted/framed products are made to order, you can expect your order to be despatched within a couple of working days of receipt of your instruction. We always endeavour to turn orders around as quickly as possible. 

Product Information

Materials

We’ve selected two very different types of paper to use for prints and cards. Combined with excellent print quality, these materials best show off the quality of our original work. 
 
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Photo Paper

This has what’s called a coated surface, making it glossy but not shiny. When the ink is printed it sits on the surface of the paper as it dries. This makes the colours bright and vibrant – perfect for photos and images which will be displayed in a frame. We use a high quality, 280gsm satin pearl photo paper.

Photo cards: are printed on a glossy photo paper to show off the colours and clarity in our original photograph to best effect.

Watercolour Paper

By contrast, watercolour paper is what’s called uncoated. This means that the ink soaks into the surface of the paper. You’ve probably seen artists sloshing lots of watery paint about. The paper also gives watercolour paintings their distinctive appearance. 

The absorbency of watercolour paper means that the colours dull slightly, because there is no sheen and reflectiveness of light. The paper we use is a soft white, slightly textured 315gsm watercolour paper.

The thick paper is also perfect in conjunction with our Collectors Presentation Box.

Art cards from paintings: are printed on a slightly textured watercolour paper. Your card will look like a real original painting.

Prints/Mounted/Framed

We’ve stipulated that photo cards are printed on glossy paper and painting cards are printed on watercolour paper.
But you can choose which paper you would prefer your prints to be made with: 
  • Opt for glossy paper if you prefer a brighter, crisper look
  • Opt for watercolour paper (paintings only) if you would like your print to look like an original.

Cards and Envelopes

Each card is lined with a plain white interleaf sheet for your message, affixed to the centre. Cards are supplied complete with a white, gummed greetings card envelope, individually wrapped* in a cello bag. *Pack orders of Christmas cards wrapped together.

Unless the product states otherwise, you can post your card to the recipient for the price of an ordinary first or second class stamp.

Cards are gift wrapped in white tissue paper before being despatched, posted in board back envelopes or jiffy bags depending on quantity purchased.

Scans and Inks

All of the paintings are painted in the first instance by hand, with different types of paint on a suitable surface. Many of them are watercolour paintings on watercolour pads of varying sizes. Others are painted in acrylic on boards or canvas. 

Once complete the painting goes onto our professional standard, high resolution flatbed scanner to create a digital file. Test prints are first made to match the output from the printer as closely to the original as possible. The combination of scanner, computer, printer, experience and paper enables us to create a print that’s within 99.9% of the original painting.

In the case of photographs, our cameras are latest technology, taking big original digital files. That’s how we can create such amazing images.

Our prints are all produced to order using latest generation 8-colour Epson UltraChrome HD ink. Prints can last for more than 60 years.

We have put a lot of effort and time into researching materials and production methods. Our aim is to create something that will last as long as possible without deterioration caused by light and environmental factors.

However, we would always advise you not to hang our pictures (or any others for that matter) in a direct source of strong sunlight.

Watercolour painting of Mary's shell at Cleveleys. Original seaside art from Seaside Emporium

Our plain prints are all supplied backed with grey board for protection, sealed in an outer cello bag, with Seaside Emporium branding.

All prints are gift wrapped in white tissue paper before being despatched. Prints are posted in tough, flat envelopes.

Mounts

Mounted images are signed by our artist, Derek Littlewood. The pencil signature is on the mount board.

We use 1.4mm thick, white core mounting board with a bevelled edge. They are computer cut here in the UK.

Mounted pictures are supplied backed with grey board for protection, sealed in an outer cello bag, with Seaside Emporium branding. They’re then gift wrapped in white tissue paper before being despatched in tough, flat envelopes.

Free Postage and packaging from the Seaside Emporium

Frames

Framed images are all signed by our artist, Derek Littlewood. The pencil signature is on the mounting board.

The range in the drop-down menu includes a variety of options of sizes and colour of frame. For safety they are usually glazed with perspex.

All of our standard stock frames are made in the UK. Please note that standard frames may also be subject to slight variation according to manufacturer’s availability. 

Framed prints are gift wrapped in white tissue paper and posted in tough, flat boxes, protected internally with bubble wrap.

Take a Look

Would you like to have a look at the quality of our products? Although you’ll only find the full and extensive range online, we realise you might like to see products before you buy.

Most of the range of standard range of paintings is on the walls at The Venue on Cleveleys promenade. It’s our local place for eating, drinking and events. Pop in to take a look – have a coffee or a bite to eat while you’re there!

  • In the downstairs bar area at The Venue see a wide selection of our paintings, graphics and some photos. 
  • Upstairs in La Mezzaluna are large A1 framed photos, all fresh from the beach right outside the door.

We also display exhibitions of our work at various venues around the Fylde Coast from time to time.

Letterbox Range

Looking for a different, thoughtful and unique gift? Something that will last forever and doesn’t have any calories? 

Arrange a surprise for someone to find on their doormat – delivered straight through their letterbox. Send a gift from the new Letterbox Range from Seaside Emporium.

The Letterbox Range from Seaside Emporium includes a variety of handpicked images with touching messages to match. Whether you’re sending celebrations or commiserations, our images are guaranteed to make someone’s day.

The white frames are exactly the same type/section as our larger white frames. Images are mounted with white, bevelled mounts and printed on the same photo paper with the same Epson inks.

Letterbox pictures are gift wrapped in tissue paper to match Seaside Emporium branding, and protected in bubble wrap. They are posted in special flat postage boxes

Bespoke Orders

There’s a wide range of standard sizes and product options to choose from on this website.

Don’t forget we can produce bespoke options for you too, if you want something different for your home or business. As a creatives company we are able to reproduce our artwork, designs and photos in pretty much any bespoke format that you can imagine or want.

If you are buying for a business, discounts can also be offered for large orders. 

Delivery Abroad

Standard UK delivery by post or courier is covered in the price you see online. 

Delivery abroad can be arranged at an extra cost. Please get in touch with the recipient’s address and an idea of how large the order might be. We will give you a price for delivery based on weight/destination to be paid by bank transfer or cheque (rather than through the online shop).

Prefer Old Fashioned Mail Order?

Seaside Emporium runs on a secure server with WorldPay payment gateway. We also offer other ways to pay:

Pay by cheque: simply submit your order online and select ‘pay by cheque’ at the cashout. Make cheques payable to The Rabbit Patch Ltd. The order acknowledgement email will give you the address to send it to.

Pay by BACS: submit your order online and select the BACS option to pay with your usual online banking. The order  acknowledgement email will give you our bank account details.

Good old fashioned mail order: if you don’t want to pay online you could send your requirements to us by post. Simply write a note (or print out the order form) and post it. Send it along with the total price to pay and a cheque for the full amount made out to ‘The Rabbit Patch Ltd’. Remember to include all of your contact details (please include name, address, phone number and email address if available).  

Find our contact details here.

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