How it’s Made: KISS Portraits
Posted in How it's Made by Adrian on February 10th, 2011
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Kiss Portrait Collection Kit

As Valentine’s Day approaches there will many kisses given away but only a select few will last forever as a one-of-kind art piece.

The DNA 11 KISS Portrait makes the perfect Valentine’s Day gift but how do we make them? Here’s how:

  1. We send out a KISS Portrait Colection Kit to the customer like the one pictured above.
  2. Inside the customer will find a tube of M.A.C VIVA GLAM Lipstick, some KISS collection sheets, a color swatch, a collection envelope and an instruction card.
  3. The customer then applies the lipstick and plants a big kiss on the collection sheet. We supply more than one so you can try more than once to get just the right look.
  4. The customer places the KISS collection sheets in the envelope indicating their top 5 preferred KISS imprints then fills in their address information and color selection and mails it off to DNA 11.
  5. Once the samples have been received, they are put trough our high resolution scanner and sent to the designer.
  6. The designer then picks the best print using criteria such as how well it transferred to the collection sheet, visibility of fine detail and general aesthetic appeal. The process of creating the KISS print is done mainly by hand to insure that all the fine details are captured. The print, is then converted to a vector image to ensure the highest level of quality.
  7. Next the KISS print has the customer’s chosen color palette applied and is send to print.
  8. Each KISS Portrait is then printed using Giclée printing techniques on high-quality, acid-free, polyester-cotton canvas, using pigmented inks designed to resist fading. Each piece is also sealed with a non-yellowing protective varnish to further prolong the print life.
  9. KISS Portraits are then stretched around a wooden stretcher frame and stapled on the back. Our 1.5″ depth stretcher bars are made of high quality North American Birchwood and include a unique support system which prevents warping and the canvas from skewing or sagging.
  10. Each portrait is hand-signed by one of our in-house stretchers so you know it was made by made with care.
  11. Your unique KISS Portrait is then wrapped in plastic to protect it, boxed and shipped to you.

Kiss Collection sheet sample

Here are a few tips and trick for getting the best KISS print for your KISS Portrait from our Lead Graphic Designer, Melissa Edwards:

  • Do not rub your lips together when applying the lip stick. This prevents the lip stick from going in the cracks and creases of your lips which is a good thing.
  • With a slightly open mouth, press your lips against the paper. Avoid pursing your lips together, as this creates the unwanted “O” look.
  • The darker the lip stick over all the better, the more cracks the better.

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