Original Paintings

Hand painted on pure white silk


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Handpainted on pure silk, these original paintings are stunningly bright and vibrant and make a beautiful addition to any home. Originals are for indoor use only.

The original paintings are made in two different ways:

The first way – I  mount some of my silk originals on canvas so that they are ready to hang. The borders are all hand painted in acrylic paint and done with a palette knife so they are textured.
The finished piece is fully varnished and safe anywhere in the house including kitchens and bathrooms. They are non fade and simply stunning.

The second way – I sell the paintings unframed and unmounted, just a loose silk. They are ready for you to frame traditionally, maybe with a matboard. They come with hang-tags at the top, for unframed display, which you can simply pick off if you are framing them. 
Once you frame them under glass, they are non-fade. If you do not frame them under glass, they might fade slightly over time – but they are treated so fading will not be pronounced unless you hang them unframed in a sunny area.

We courier all over New Zealand and we can also easily send them overseas upon request – it’s not that expensive to ship these.
Please see the two galleries below for options & read descriptions carefully. Images can be enlarged by clicking on them. The items in the galleries below are ready to send now.

I can also paint you something to order ( just indicate what design you like, from any page of this website) and post it to you as loose un-mounted silk, complete with full framing instructions. Sizes are limited to the sizes you see here in the galleries as I paint on pre-set sized stretching frames.
Allow 8 – 12 weeks approximately for a commissioned  finished unframed original painting, however be reminded this may be several months  longer during our busy tourist season from October to May.

Please ask for a quote to send any item overseas  – regular airmail is economical & reliable, but carries no insurance for original art. I can quote on fast courier as an alternative for most countries which covers full insurance and tracking. Usually I do just use regular mail.

My original silk paintings are signed and come with a certificate of authenticity .

Sizes in gallery #2 are approximate only – loose unmounted  silk may be larger than described if you take in to account the bleed edge.

All prices are in NZ dollars.

Shipping estimates for originals:

Shipping of originals within NZ:
Framed mounted pieces ( silk on canvas)  incur courier fees up to $10 to $35 – please enquire.
Folded or rolled loose silk – up to $12

Shipping of originals overseas:
Shipping of mounted silk paintings ( silk on canvas) will be quoted separately by email, but generally start at about $40 for a small one up to about $100 for a large. Extra large pieces will be quoted individually.
Folded or rolled loose silk can be sent economically by regular airmail post, ranging from $15 to Australia to $20 to the UK (depending on the size – this is for the the smallest size)  but there is no tracking or insurance available with this service.
We can offer overseas delivery of rolled originals by courier as a good alternative to regular post if tracking and insurance is required – average courier prices for rolled originals are $25 to Australia, $49 to the USA, and $49 to the UK.

Please also enquire for overseas shipping prices of all other products on this website – the above prices apply to  silk originals only.

Some of the originals you see here may have sold  – they are so affordable, they often sell as soon as I list them and the website is only updated weekly. If you are after something in particular, please email me and I will try to accommodate you.

Any watermarks on the images ( “Jo May Design” or “Jo May” in text) are for online security only and do not appear on the actual paintings.

Gallery 1:
Original silk paintings  mounted onto canvas.
Discontinued line – I am not making these framed ones anymore so make the most of a bargain!

These are ready to hang. The borders are handpainted in white with a palette knife and textured and the edges are black . The silk is fully sealed onto the canvas and takes on the texture of canvas. It is varnished and has several layers of UV filters over the top. These are most unusual and make a real feature in any home.  These are ready to hang on 4cm thick boxed canvas and cannot be rolled for posting overseas – please ask for a quote to post or courier boxed. Click on pictures to enlarge. 

Gallery 2:
Loose, unmounted, handpainted silk originals.
Silk paint on pure silk & designed to sit under a mat board when framed. Supplied rolled or folded, must be matted and framed by the buyer. Click on pictures to enlarge. These come rolled in a tube with a certificate of originality and mounting instructions. If there are no images showing then I have sold out.