FAQ Schools

  • Connect with us

Little Paintbox

When was the company set up?

Cards

What is the size of the cards?

Can we have a message printed on the inside of the card?
Is there a photograph of the child printed on the back of the card?
What colour are the envelopes?

Artwork

What age do the children need to be to participate in an art project?
What type of materials work well?
What type of paper should we use for the artwork?
What type of themes and topics work well for the artwork?
Will you be able to return the original artwork once you have created a proof card?

Images

Do we need permission to offer children’s images on the cards?
What type of photograph do you need?
Do we have to include photographs on the cards?

Ordering

Can we see the cards before we order?

Can the parents change the child image once they have received the proof?

If we register a project are we obligated to buy cards?

How do parents order the cards?

What is the cost of the cards?

What will the commission be to the school / nursery?

Administration

Is there any cost to my organisation to run a project?
What postage method do you suggest we use to send the artwork / images, and then the orders / payment?
Is there a postage cost involved to send the proof cards and completed cards to us?
Is there a lot of administration for our organisation?
We are interested to run a project – what should we do next?
When is the commission paid to our organisation?

Timescales

How long does it take to run a project?
From us sending the artwork, how long will it take for you to return the proofs?
From us sending the orders / payment, how long will it take for you to deliver the goods?

Little Paintbox

When was the company set up?

Little Paintbox is a trading name of Westferry (UK) Ltd (registered number 5292524], which was established in November 2004. We are a small family-run business and we pride ourselves on our enthusiasm and service to customers. As a Company, we started specialising in art projects for schools and nurseries in 2007. So whilst we are a relatively young company, we continue to grow through our commitment to providing a reliable service to our customers whom include schools, nurseries, children’s groups, and individuals throughout the UK.

Return to top of page

Cards

What is the size of the cards?

The Little Paintbox cards are finished to a contemporary square shape and to a very high quality. We are able to provide sample cards if requested, please contact us by telephone or email to request a sample. The following print specification applies to Little Paintbox cards:
Card size: 145 x 145 mm
Envelope size: 155 x 155 mm

Return to top of page

Can we have a message printed on the inside of the card?

We are able to offer the option for a message to be printed on the inside of the cards, however there is an additional charge for this. Please contact us directly for details.

Return to top of page

Is there a photograph of the child printed on the back of the card?

It is possible to include an image of the child to be printed onto the reverse of the card, but this feature is optional and may be excluded if preferred. Generally, we find that most parents do like to include this feature as it adds a very personal touch to the cards.

Return to top of page

What colour are the envelopes?

The envelopes are a bright and sunny yellow colour.

Return to top of page

Artwork

What age do the children need to be to participate in an art project?

Children of all ages enjoy participating in the Little Paintbox art projects. When very young children are involved, then it may be worth considering projects based on taking prints of the children’s hands or feet, for example, or using stencils or potato prints. Free painting can also produce interesting shapes and colours.

Return to top of page

What type of materials work well?

To get the best results you can use crayons, felt tips, pastels, poster paints, acrylics, wax crayons or watercolours as well as collages with coloured paper/tissue paper/felt, or hand/foot prints, sponge/potato prints and rubber stamps. We don’t recommend using pencil or glitter.

Return to top of page

What type of paper should we use for the artwork?

It is possible to use any type of paper for the artwork, although the paper needs to be of a good quality thickness if using poster paints, to avoid warping of the paper. Plain white paper works very well, but coloured paper can be used if preferred. An example would be a white snowmen stuck on red/black card. If using coloured paper, please ensure there is plenty of background for bleed. For further information please see creating your artwork.

Return to top of page

What type of themes and topics work well for the artwork?

The project themes can be based around any topic of your choosing. Topics that generally work well include: the child and their home life (including self-portraits); the home; family and pets. Seasonal and festive topics also work well, for example, the different seasons (Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter) or festivities (Easter, Halloween, Christmas, New Year).

Return to top of page

Will you be able to return the original artwork once you have created a proof card?

We do not normally return the artwork as a matter of course. However, if your artwork is related to the National Curriculum and you wish it to be returned then please request this when you forward the artwork to us.

Return to top of page

Images

Do we need permission to offer children’s images on the cards?

To offer the cards with a photograph then you need to obtain permission from the parents. We find that most parents prefer to include images of the child so they are generally very willing to provide permission. Click here to download a letter you can send to parents to announce your project and provide them with the ability to opt out of the photo option. Little Paintbox assume that when we receive the discs from you containing the children’s images that permission has been provided – we do not require the signed permissions.

Return to top of page

What type of photograph do you need?

We require a digital photograph of the child, ideally taken against a plain and light coloured background such as a white board or large sheet of white paper.
The images can be provided to us by email, uploaded to cloud or on a disc, and they can be saved in any format – the most popular formats being: .jpg, .gif, .tif, .eps. We request that you also save the images onto the CD using the child’s code and name i.e. A01_LucyHazell_jpg.

Return to top of page

Do we have to include photographs on the cards?

No, this is optional. Regrettably, we are unable to offer a reduction in price to exclude the child images from the cards.

Return to top of page

Ordering

Can we see the cards before we order?

Yes. Generic sample cards can be supplied to the school/nursery prior to running a project in order to show to the parents, so they can see the quality of the cards. An individual proof card will be created and forwarded to you for each child that participates in the project.

Return to top of page

Can the parents change the child image once they have received the proof?

Yes, your school or nursery can offer this service at your own discretion. We will require you to send us a second photograph (which can be sent by email), however, a second proof card will not be provided.

Return to top of page

If we register a project are we obligated to buy cards?

No. You register an art project with Little Paintbox and we then send you a proof card for each of the children that participate in the project. The proof card will include an order form printed on the envelope to the card. If the parents then choose to purchase the cards you simply return the orders and payments to us.

Return to top of page

How do parents order the cards?

The proof card we send for each child will contain an order form printed on the envelope. The parents then complete the order form and insert their payment into the envelope and simply return it to your school / nursery. The school / nursery then sends all the orders and payments to us. The parents may also call us to pay by credit card or they can pay via the website.

Return to top of page

What is the cost of the cards?

The cost of the cards to the parents is as follows:
12 cards £16.00
24 cards £28.00
36 cards £38.00
An additional 12 pack (when ordered with 36 pack) is £10.00
The above prices are inclusive of delivery of the cards to your organisation (for distribution onto the parents). There is a delivery charge if the parents request the cards to go directly to their home address.

Return to top of page

What will the commission be to the school / nursery?

Your organisation will receive 20% commission on the unit price of all packs of cards sold. The commission your organisation will earn on the sale of each pack of cards is as follows:
12 pack – £3.20 commission
24 pack – £5.60 commission
36 pack – £7.20 commission
Additional 12 packs (available with 36 cards) – £2.00 commission

Return to top of page

Administration

Is there any cost to my organisation to run a project?

There is no cost to the school / nursery to run an art project. The only cost involved is the postage of the artwork and orders to us, and then any other miscellaneous telephone calls in respect to any queries you may have.

Return to top of page

What postage method do you suggest we use to send the artwork / images, and then the orders / payment?

Regrettably, we are unable to accept liability for any items that go missing in the post. Therefore, we recommend the artwork and orders are sent to us by special or recorded delivery.

Return to top of page

Is there a postage cost involved to send the proof cards and completed cards to us?

No. Postage / delivery costs of the proof and finished cards sent from Little Paintbox to your school or nursery are covered within the cost of the cards. There is a delivery charge if the parents request the cards to their home address.

Return to top of page

Is there a lot of administration for our organisation?

There is a small amount of administration involved in running a project. You need to register your school and project with us, and complete a class register for each class of children that will participate in the project. It will also include running the project in class time, taking images of the children (if these are to be included) then returning the artwork, images, and class register to us. We will send you a proof card for each child, which is to be forwarded onto the parents. You will then forward the orders and payments to us.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
The children’s names are to be included on the class register, the artwork, and the child’s images (if cards with images are required). It is very important to ensure the child’s name is spelt correctly on the class register, as this will be used for the printing of the child’s name on the reverse of the card. If a proof is returned with an incorrect spelling we will correct this free of charge, but we do not provide a second proof.

Return to top of page

We are interested to run a project – what should we do next?

Please register that you are interested in running a project. It is possible to register online, or alternatively email or call us. Once we have received your registration, we will send out a confirmation email confirming your project dates along with project notes explaining how to run a project.

Return to top of page

When is the commission paid to our organisation?

We will process your order and return a cheque to the school / nursery once the payments have cleared and the orders are processed. On average this takes up to 20 days.

Return to top of page

Timescales

How long does it take to run a project?

From the date you run a project we would suggest allowing 25 working days for project completion. When running projects to a specific deadline such as Christmas, we recommend you start the project as early as possible in the September term, as parents often wish to receive their cards early for posting.

Return to top of page

From us sending the artwork, how long will it take for you to return the proofs?

We aim to return proof cards to you within 7 working days of receiving your artwork.

Return to top of page

From us sending the orders / payment, how long will it take for you to deliver the goods?

From receipt of orders and payment, the finished cards should be sent to you within 2 weeks.

Return to top of page

Bags

What is the size of the bags?

What are the bags made of?

How do we take care of the bags?

Teatowels

What is the size of the teatowels?

What are the teatowels made of?

How do we take care of the teatowels?

Bags

What is the size of the bags?

The Little Paintbox canvas bags are 350 x 400 x 110mm in size. They are ideal for the weekly shop as well as making fantastic beach, picnic or swim/gym bags.

Return to top of page

What are the bags made of?

Each Little Paintbox canvas bag is made from 100% cotton canvas. The bag has extra stitching on the seams to give it added strength and a comfortable 3cm width woven cotton strap handle.

Return to top of page

How do we take care of the bags?

Bags should be washed at 30°C and please note that there may be some shrinkage. Once dry, iron over the decoration to restore the colour with a warm iron.

Return to top of page

Teatowels

What are the size of the teatowels?

The Little Paintbox teatowels are approximately 700 x 450 mm in size. Once personalised, they make wonderful practical gifts for parents, grandparents and other family members.

Return to top of page

What are the teatowels made of?

Each Little Paintbox teatowel is made out of 100% close weave cotton. They are luxurious to feel, stitched on 4 sides and are of a very good quality.

Return to top of page

How do we take care of the teatowels?

Teatowels should be washed at 30°C. Once dry, iron over the decoration to restore the colour with a warm iron.

Return to top of page

Fully Personalised Greeting Cards

Each participating child creates one piece of artwork that you then send to us. From the busy Little Paintbox workshop, we’ll make each unique design into a fabulous high quality greeting card that can be purchased and sent out to friends and family.

Read More

Fully Personalised Canvas Bags

Once personalised with a child’s design and individual messages/titles, our eco-friendly, durable bags make a fantastic practical gift. And at just £8.50 each, they prove very popular!

Read More

Fully Personalised Teatowels

Your Little Picasso’s can really get creative with bright and colourful designs for their personalised teatowels with individual messages/titles. At £7.50 each, they are made out of 100% close weave cotton, they look great and make the ideal gift for friends and family.

Read More