Sandra J on Jan 17, 2017
Thank you!!! I love it!!😀
debbies900 on Aug 9, 2016
I've never seen watercolor painting look so realistic, soft and warm all at the same time. My husband cried when he saw the painting of him and his granddaughter. He said he wanted to put a chain on it and wear it every day. Such excellent work. Will most definitely be asking for more paintings in the future. Thank you for brightening our day.
kmott05 on Mar 3, 2016
I purchased this item for our little girl's nursery. It is high quality and beautiful.
Connecting to the Child Within
Shop Home: Zehland.Etsy.com
I was thinking about where all this came from. Because of course it all came from somewhere. "Why do I create illustrations of baby chicks?" I ask, besides the fact that they're cute.
My grandmother raised chickens, maybe that's it. Both grandmothers did, one in the city, the other in the country. As a child, I liked the country: the fields, the streams and the wide open spaces - I still do. I loved my grandmother. And she raised chickens.
I remember making up stories and illustrating them when I was a kid for my youngest sister - 8 years younger than me. I should have known, I suppose, but I never did know how much I love making up stories and illustrating them until I started doing it again - many years after the childhood ones.
Zehland is all about stories. It's inspired by where I live and what I love; the characters inspired by my siblings, my children and my childhood friends. It's a state of mind; a place to connect with that which is most precious and vulnerable, most adorable and eager, most playful and innocent: the child within.
To make Zehland prints I use a print lab especially selected by me for the high quality and durability of both the colors and the paper or canvas on which my images are printed. Acid-free materials and permanent inks ensure that the colors will stay true for many decades!
Please contact me if you have questions or need a custom painting done. If you do not see my reply within 24 hours, check your email spam folder or come back to Etsy.com, sign in and look for the Conversations link under "You" at the top of the page.
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Owner, Artist, Story Writer, Illustrator
Hi I'm Janet, the creator of the baby chicks and animals in Zehland.
Ferdinand and Nina
And we are Ferdinand and Nina - we started the whole thing.
NY Professional print lab
A family-owned business that produces my prints on professional-grade Epson printers using permanent inks and acid-free watercolor paper. Mounted prints are adhered to premium hardboard and sealed with tough, durable laminate.
UK Professional print lab
To save time and money for my UK and European customers, prints on watercolor paper shipped to the UK or Europe are processed at my fine art print lab in the UK. The prints are of the highest quality and are shipped within 3-4 business days.
In order for your your art purchase to stay fresh and new for many generations, I use acid-free materials and professional permanent colors in my originals. Prints are made at a professional lab using the highest quality archival inks and papers. You can be confident that your investment will bring you a lifetime of beauty for your walls.
If you have a question, please contact me. I respond within 24 hours. If you don't see a response, check your email spam folder or sign in to Etsy and check Conversations in the drop down menu under your profile picture.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
- Other Method
Shipment is made when the payment clears. Please be aware that e-checks take 5-7 days to clear.
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MONEY ORDER: USPS money orders are accepted. You can purchase one at any US post office and mail it to the address on your purchase receipt.
CUSTOM ORDERS: I am happy to collaborate with you on a custom painting or print. A 50% deposit is required before the work is begun. Please contact me with your ideas and I'll set up a custom listing for you.
SALES TAX: Items sent to a Connecticut address have a 6.35% sales tax added to the item.
PACKAGING: Prints and originals are packaged securely to keep them safe during shipment.
INSURANCE: Shipping Insurance is included for no extra charge. Please contact me right away if you experience an issue with shipping.
CUSTOM ORDERS: shipping time frame varies - please ask and I'll give you an estimate.
INTERNATIONAL: For orders outside the U.S., allow extra time for the item to go through customs inspection. VAT or customs duties are not included in shipping charges. Please contact your customs office for fees as you may need to pay them upon delivery.
* UK Customers: Please be advised that original art purchases shipped from my studio in the US may be charged a 5% VAT by your customs office when the cost of the item is over £15. There may also be an £8 handling fee from the UK post office. There is no import duty for artwork.
Refunds and Exchanges
CUSTOM ORDERS: Above all else, I want you to be happy with your custom artwork! You will receive an image of the completed painting to approve before shipment. I will be happy to make reasonable modifications if necessary - your satisfaction is important to me!
Frequently asked questions
What is the difference between a watercolor and an oil painting?
*A WATERCOLOR is painted on heavyweight paper with transparent watercolor paints which gives it a fresh, crisp look. Because it is painted on paper, you will need to protect it with a mat and frame with glass front. Framing finishes a watercolor beautifully and makes the entire art piece larger.
*An OIL PAINTING is painted on canvas with oil based paints. It has texture and a rich look. I paint the side edges of the canvas so you don't need to frame it unless you wish to. I ship oil on canvas paintings in special boxes to protect them. Since oils take 1-2 weeks to dry, keep your freshly painted custom oil in the box for a week or two until completely dry to the touch. At that time, you may hang it with the enclosed wire.
Materials used for creating my art
To keep your artwork fresh and new for many generations, I use acid-free materials and professional permanent colors for my original paintings. Prints are made at a professional lab using the highest quality archival inks and papers. You can be confident that your investment will bring you a lifetime of satisfaction.
Keep your watercolor painting or print on paper new by enclosing in an acid-free mat and backing before framing with a glass front. Oil paintings may be varnished with spray varnish made specifically for oil paintings found at arts and crafts stores. Varnishing is optional, but it adds a layer of protection to keep the painting clean and can make the colors look richer.
*For new oil paintings, wait at least 6 months for the oils to fully cure before varnishing. However, the painting may be hung and/or framed as soon as it is dry to the touch.
Where do you ship?
I ship original paintings and prints on wood to the USA, Canada and Australia from my studio.
I ship prints on watercolor paper to the USA, Canada, the EU, and Australia from my print labs in New York, the UK or Australia depending upon your location.
I am happy to ship original paintings and prints internationally to all other countries with the understanding that you are responsible for any customs fees, duties, tariffs or other taxes due upon arrival in your country.
If you do not see your country listed under Shipping, please request a custom order, and I will make a custom listing for you! Thank you.
How can I order a custom painting?
Contact me with your ideas and the approximate size you would like. I will give you a price and time frame for completion. A 50% deposit or full payment (your choice) is required before work is begun.
In certain cases, a sketch will be made for you to approve before I begin the painting. Upon completion of the painting, I will send you an image before final payment. At either time, you may request changes if needed. I want you to be happy with your painting!
What is YUPO paper?
YUPO® is a synthetic paper that I have recently started using for some of my watercolor paintings. I like the spontaneous effects and brilliant color that result with this paper. I also like the fact that it is non toxic even during production. All paintings on this substrate are identified as YUPO paintings in the description.
This tree-free paper is made from inorganic compounds and is 100% recyclable. It is waterproof, so it does not buckle when wet as ordinary watercolor paper will during the painting process or when displayed in humid conditions. The paper is produced without the use of toxic materials that can harm the environment. Its primary raw materials are carbon and hydrogen, so it does not emit toxic chlorine gas.