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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are frequently asked questions, you may find the answer for yourself

WHAT INSPIRES YOUR WORK?

My artwork explores the concept of mindfulness. Painting dots is a mindful practice, requiring focus and repetition. Since the age of 18, I have battled with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and creating paintings has been a way for me to turn my suffering into something inspirational and beautiful. My hand painted works are inspired by the colors from nature and city surroundings I encounter during my travels. I’ve been inspired by the color combinations of the lupins of New Zealand, the sunflowers fields and turquoise waters of Thailand, the neon pink and sky blue taxis of Bangkok, the bamboo forests of Kyoto, the colorful houses of Burano, and the multi colored sea glass along the beaches of Barcelona. My goal for the the works is to provide something beautiful and uplifting for individuals to wear, use, or display!

HOW HAS YOUR ARTWORK EVOLVED INTO YOUR CURRENT STYLE?

I became obsessed with mandalas in 2015. I went to a workshop in New York that explored mandala art making, and I found it to be the most meditative activity I’ve ever participated in. I then started to see mandalas everywhere. Any design that has a circle as a center and radiates outwards, for example: flowers, spirals, eyes, clocks, wheels, fans, the galaxy… appeared in my daily life. By early 2016, I gradually started adding dots to my mandalas because I was inspired by different artists using them, such as Yayoi Kusama, Elspeth Mclean and Barbara Takenaga. In mid 2016, I pursued a master’s degree in art education, with a concentration in painting. I abandoned all brushstrokes, and just used the dot as the mark of my artwork. Since April of 2018, I have expanded my practice from only painting on canvas to all sorts of different surfaces such as wood, silver, gemstones, pearls, and pebbles. The works transformed into many handpainted functional products such as earrings, necklaces, rings, hair sticks, and jewelry boxes. I wanted to create art that anyone with any budget could purchase, wear, and feel good about themselves in! I’m sure my work will continue to evolve, so please make sure to subscribe to my newsletter for updates on new products!

HOW DO YOU MAKE YOUR DOTS SO CIRCULAR?

I’ve had years of practice mastering the technique of dotting! The trick is getting the paint to a perfect consistency, not too thin or too thick. I dip my brush into the paint and drop the dot with pressure, creating a beautifully rounded dot.

WHAT MATERIALS DO YOU USE TO MAKE YOUR DOT PRODUCTS?

I use small paint brushes, size 00-3, depending on the size of the dot. I use acrylic paints, usually Winsor and Newton or Amsterdam brand. If the paint comes out of the tube too thick, I add a flow improver which thins out the paint. Sometimes, little bubbles are created within the dots, but I love the tactile quality of it! I’m based in a very humid country, so without adding this acrylic medium, my dots would crack! For certain paintings, I build upon the dots through layering to create three dimensionality! The surfaces I paint on include wood, gemstone, pearl, shell, stone, and canvas.

HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF MY PRODUCTS?

All items are hand painted, therefore please handle with care. Please do not scratch or pick at the products as that may damage the integrity of the dot or cause it to chip off. Also, do not immerse in water. 925 silver chains and jump rings attached to the pendants over time will become tarnished. We recommend you to clean with a silver polishing cream and a microfiber cloth. Wooden pendants may get slightly sticky on the side facing your chest – just use a q-tip and rubbing alcohol and wallah, no more sticky! Although items are varnished, they still may get slightly dusty over time – all you need to do is take a clean soft paint brush and dust the surface gently! Do not use solvents as this may harm the paint.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE YOU TO FINISH A PAINTING PRODUCT?

Depending on the size and complexity of the painting, it can take anywhere between one hour to five hours. This includes not only the actual dotting process, but also the idea creation, time spent traveling to collect materials, mixing colors, varnishing the work for protection, photographing, taking videos/timelapses, and uploading my works onto social media platforms.

HOW DO YOU SEAL YOUR PAINTINGS?

I finish the works with 2-3 coats of acrylic gloss or matt varnish depending on if I want the piece to shimmer or not. The varnish protects the works from dust and dirt, as well as protects it from UV light.

HOW DO YOU PRICE YOUR ART?

I have had years of experience mastering the technique of dotting (dipping and dropping dots onto a surface), therefore the dotting practice takes anywhere between one hour for miniature pieces to hundreds of hours for super intricate and large canvas artworks. However, the time I invest also includes the idea creation, time spent traveling to collect materials (example – stones on the beach) or ordering inventory, mixing of colors, varnishing, photographing, and uploading my work online. All of these time factors contribute to how I price my artwork. All items are hand painted with love.

STILL CAN'T FIND THE ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION?

Email us at info@amydiener.com and we will email you back ASAP!

For every original painting sale through my website, I will be donating 5% of funds to the International OCD Foundation.

This money will go towards bringing awareness, education, and accessible and effective treatment for individuals suffering from OCD. Treatments can be expensive like it was for me, so I want to reach out a hand!

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