The Famous Frequently Asked Questions:

1. What is gouache?

Gouache is a water based paint made of natural pigments and known for its opaque character, meaning it covers the surface fully. A benefit of gouache is that it dries quickly as water evaporates faster than oil. As it dries into the paper, it gives the painting a matte look.

2. Where does the word gouache come from?

The word gouache comes from the Italian word guazzo, which literally translates as "mud". This refers to oil painting on a tempura base in the 16th century. In the 18th century it became known in France as "gouache" and referred to water based paint.

3. Aren't the posters too expensive?

The price of the reproduction of a painting is only a small fraction of the price of an original painting. You don't buy a poster, you buy a piece of art not many people have. With every reproduction sold, you reward and support the artist. Thijs Postma puts in dozens of hours in creating each painting by hand as well as countless hours of research into the historic facts around the airplane and scenery. He has personally built up an enormous archive of information on almost every aircraft ever built. Actual painting it can easily take up 40 hours of labour, besides the cost of the paint and materials used.

4. How long does shipping take?

Most poster orders are delivered within 3-5 working days as they are sent locally as we produce in many countries around the world. We normally don't expect any delivery to take longer than 7 calendar days. We do see however, that shipping itself seems to take a bit longer in the US/Canada than in Europe.
We expect puzzles to take between 4-6 working days for shipping. Mousepads will take around 7-9 days for shipping. T-shirts will take around 3-5 working days and the organic T-shirts 5-9 working days. Hoodies are expected to take between 5-14 working days, where Europe will be faster than the USA. Canada seems to be on the upper end of the ranges for delivery times.

5. How are products packaged?

All products are packaged in sturdy packaging. When a reproduction with a metal frame is ordered, the frame and poster are separately packaged and sent.

6. What payments options are available?

We have many payments options: iDeal, Bancontact, Credit Cards, Paypal, Google Pay, Apple Pay, Shop Pay. Some options appear based on the device you are using. You can use an Express payment option, then you don't need to enter your postal address again. Else after your enter your postal address, the next pages will ask for your preferred choice of payment method. If you miss a payment option, please drop us an email: info@tpaviationart.com.

7. Can I order another layout or crop of a painting?

We crop the paintings to the various sizes of paper that we think show the product at its best. This depends on the size it was originally painted by Thijs Postma. Most of the time the 50x70 cm reflects the original size.

If you like to see another layout/crop, please drop us an email: info@tpaviationart.com. Furthermore, if you like it printed on different materials, like acrylic, wood or canvas, please let us know.

8. Why white edges on a painting?

Some paper sizes are different in aspect ratio than the original painting Thijs Postma created. In order not to lose important parts of the painting or the name of the artist, we have to have white borders as we scale the painting. Sometimes we can crop a bit of the blue sky, but mostly not.

With the white borders a painting still fits in the most common frame sizes too if you want to put in your own frame. Or if you want to keep it as a poster without a frame, you can of course cut off the white border. The white edge is not a separate inlay/passpartout.

9. Can I order a painting that is not on the website?

The artist Thijs Postma has painted hundreds of aviation paintings, we can't put all the painting on our website, though we will try to. If you like to see or order a specific painting that is not listed, please drop us an email: info@tpaviationart.com.