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About MagicJelly

Sales 1,675
On Etsy since 2006

Both newfangled and old school, blending digital and traditional media, my work is a bittersweet mix of levity and melancholy.

Hi! My name is Karena, and I'm an artist and illustrator based in South Australia. Magic Jelly is a one-person operation that I run from my home studio. From the small inklings of my original ideas, everything begins with pencil on paper; then I make, package, and market everything myself, along with designing Magic Jelly's branding and packaging (which I love to do!). My paper goods are professionally printed by a local carbon-neutral print shop on lovely environmentally-friendly papers, and I always choose materials with sound eco credentials where ever possible. I like to design fun, engaging products with an emphasis on uniqueness and quality.

My artwork is influenced by lifelong loves and obsessions: the pulpy pages of old magazines and comic books, limited colour palettes, halftones, misregistration, vintage ephemera, advertising, packaging and typography; fireworks, Christmas, little plastic trinkets, old photos; as well as pattern and ornament and their diverse applications, such as Mexican cigar boxes, and Chinese apothecary labels. One of my greatest interests is vintage portraits, discarded, forgotten, in flea market boxes; anonymous people adrift from their histories. Inspired by their mystery, I like to shed new light and love on them and give them alternative identities.

I find inspiration in the ghosts of our past; memory, nostalgia, and the things we collect that record our personal stories. Above all, I hope my work is friendly, accessible, and brings people some of the happiness it gives me to make it.

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Shop policies

Last updated on July 10, 2015
Hi there - welcome to my shop! My name is Karena Colquhoun - aka Magic Jelly - an artist and illustrator located in sunny South Australia.

Please read through my policies before purchasing, and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to send me a convo or email. Contact me at: hello [!at]

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Accepted payment methods

Returns and exchanges
All sales are final and no refunds or exchanges will be given, with the following possible exceptions:

Customer satisfaction is extremely important to me. If you have any concerns regarding an order being lost or damaged in transit, please contact me.

In the event of faulty goods, please contact me with any concerns. I have made hundreds of sales and have yet to receive a request for a refund or exchange due to faulty merchandise. I take pride in the quality of my products and ensure all images and information in my product listings are clear, accurate and detailed.

I make sure that all orders are packaged well so they will arrive in perfect condition, but in the event of goods being damaged in transit, please contact me with photos of the damaged item/s and packaging.
Payment method is via PayPal only, which includes credit card payments for customers without a PayPal account. Unless you have a prior arrangement with me, immediate payment is required. Please complete the checkout process right through to the final payment stage to make your purchase. If I don't receive immediate payment notification, I will cancel the transaction and relist the goods. E-cheque orders will be shipped once the payment has cleared.

As above. However, if you would like to pay in Australian currency by either PayPal or direct deposit, please contact me to make arrangements.
I usually ship orders within 1-4 days of receiving payment (in the case of e-cheques, once they have cleared), however the time it takes to dispatch your order depends on the product as some are made on demand. Please read individual product listings for specific information, or contact me with any enquiries. If you are concerned your order may not arrive in time for a special occasion, such as a holiday or birthday, please ask so I can let you know if it is possible or not. Although I can not guarantee delivery by a particular date, I will do my best!

I am happy to combine shipping for multiple purchases. As it depends on the combination of items, it's not always possible for me to provide accurate quotes in my product listings. You can either contact me before making a purchase so I can set up a reserved listing for you with the correct combined shipping, or I can refund the difference after purchase if you over-pay.

All orders shipped outside of Australia are sent via Australia Post International Airmail. I can provide a quote for insurance, but do not offer tracking or express shipping on orders under $200 due to the prohibitive cost. For orders over $200, please contact me for a quote. Depending on the product, some orders are shipped as letters/documents (printed matter) and others as parcels. In accordance with Australia Post requirements, all parcels are shipped with a customs slip. Please don't ask me to underestimate the value or mark as a gift - that is against the law. Customs charges and taxes are the responsibility of the recipient.

Domestic orders are shipped by regular post, but if you need your order in a hurry, I can ship Express - just ask me for a quote.

Here are some esitimates...
Austalia - 2-5 business days
Asia/Pacific - 1-2 weeks
United States - 1-3 weeks
Canada and the United Kingdom - 2-4 weeks
Rest of the World - 2-4 weeks
Shipping delays are rare, but they do happen. For example, I have had US-based customers occasionally report back to me that their order was delayed by random air freight security audits and customs checks. If your order is taking a little longer than expected, please be patient and allow a reasonable time frame before assuming it's missing in transit.
Additional policies and FAQs
Magic Jelly merchandise is sold worldwide. If you are a retailer and would like to stock my products, please email me for further info at: howdy [!at] Sorry, no consignment at the moment.

Please direct enquiries to howdy [!at] - I'm all ears!

I sell my artwork worldwide and would love to hear from you if you're planning a show or would like to exhibit my work in your gallery. howdy [!at]

All artwork and images in my shop are protected by copyright. © Karena Colquhoun, trading as Magic Jelly, 2004-2010. Purchasing Magic Jelly artwork does not entitle you to reproduction rights. If you'd like to use any of my images for blog features, etc., please ask.