Our Essential Guide To Commissioning Artwork

Are you looking to commission a painting and are unsure where to start? Rest assured; our guide to commissioning artwork may just give you the answers you were looking for!

Commissioning artwork can be an intimidating prospect, but our guide aims to streamline this process for you.

Toni Thornton Art’s commission diary is officially open for bespoke orders. We cannot wait to hear from you!

However, we recognise that it’s not always straightforward to decide the kind of artwork which will best suit your interior space.

That’s why we have developed our ultimate guide to commissioning artwork to help you when making these important decisions for your beautiful homes and environments.

Remember, commissioning artwork should be fun and exciting; that’s why we aim to make the process as stress-free as possible when assisting you in commissioning artwork. We are always here to help, and we can’t wait to see your visions become a reality!


gallery of commissioned art


The first step to commissioning artwork is to feel inspired.

Perhaps you have seen a piece Toni has created previously over on our social media platforms or our website? Do you wish to invest in a similar original piece of artwork? Fantastic!

While Toni cannot create something identical to something she has created previously, we welcome using these designs as inspiration. This is because each commissioned piece is one of a kind. Therefore Toni cannot produce exact copies of any designs, unless from our beautiful, limited edition print range.

Commissioning artwork is an immensely creative process where we welcome your own experiences, emotions, and input to help direct Toni’s artistic talent and techniques. Starting with some inspiration is the key to commissioning your beautiful piece of artwork!

Maybe you have been inspired by a beautiful location you have visited or the serenity of a fleeting moment and would love to turn this into a piece of art to remember it forever? Asking yourself these questions is a great place to start. We recommend creating a vision board of your ideas too; this will give Toni a great deal to work with when creating your piece and will help her understand your vision behind the artwork.


Corner of an original painting, land and sea design in black tray frame.


Deciding upon the size of the artwork you would like to commission. 

Once you have decided on your inspiration, we kindly ask that you think about your interior space and the kind of artwork you wish to view on the wall. What size of artwork can your empty wall space hold? Would you prefer to commission multiple original pieces and hang them side by side?

If you’re struggling, our top piece of advice is to source some wallpaper or newspaper you may have laying around and blue tac this up on the wall where you anticipate you would like your artwork (of course, be careful not to mark your wall).

How does it feel? Does the painting get lost in the empty wall space, or is the painting overpowering for the room? If so, keep adapting the size and shape of the placeholder until it feels just right.


Toni Thornton drawing on paper on desk wearing apron.


Once we understand the overall tone of your commission and your desired sizing specifications, a member of our team can then calculate a quote individual to you. We will then disclose your quote to you via email or telephone. Please note that until a 50% deposit has been made, for insurance purposes, we cannot reserve spaces in Toni’s commission book.

Your quote for your commissioned artwork will either be exclusive or inclusive of the added stretching and framing costs, depending on whether you know your desired frame style. That being said, we can sometimes provide you with an estimate quote for stretching and framing of the piece too, based on the size of your artwork using our standard framing guide.


Large original artwork with gold and cream details in champagne gold frame.


Securing Your Commission Space

Here at Toni Thornton Art, we pride ourselves on our strong connections with our clients and our great customer service. That’s why we only require a 50% deposit from you when commissioning a piece so you can have confidence that your commissioned artwork will be tailored exactly to your needs before anything leaves our studio. After all, while Toni is the artist creating your piece, it must be right for your chosen interior space!


Corner of original piece with grey and black details in black tray frame.


The Painting Process Begins

Our busy studio schedule means that our current lead teams on commissioned artworks is currently approximately 6-8 weeks. This includes the framing and delivery of your piece too. Of course, a member of our dedicated team will update you every step of the way as your painting takes shape.


Gallery of different frames, including white tray frame, circular aluminium frame and stretched, unframed canvas.


Framing your commissioned art.

With bespoke artworks, the options for framing are endless. The many different options can often mean that choosing a frame is quite difficult for bespoke artworks. Therefore, we usually send some frame sample images for you to view amongst the artwork. This means you can see exactly how your chosen frame would work with the artwork, ensuring it is the perfect choice for the design and your interior space. Their extensive choice of frames means we are confident you will find something you love..

Our quotes for framing do entirely depend on the style of frame you choose and the size of your artwork.



Once we collect your artwork from the framing studio, we will then send across the final images of your artwork. Once we know you’re happy, we will request that you settle any outstanding payments. Then, we will carefully prepare and package your piece ready for delivery.


Delivery of your commissioned artwork. 

We understand the value and originality in each piece, and therefore the safety of your artwork is paramount. We are proud to work with a select group of various couriers to deliver your artwork to you as quickly, safely and efficiently as possible. Once decided, we will liaise with you on the best time for delivery and will communicate this to the chosen courier service.

While the shipment of each parcel is included in the price for any clients located in UK destinations, our International customers may incur an additional postage charge alongside any customs charges. We would always communicate this at the time of commission so there are no surprises along the way!


Two original artworks in varied sizes encased in black tray frame.


Please note: While the process is similar for hand embellished pieces, it is not identical. If you would like to enquire about our hand embellishment options, please contact us at info@tonithorntonart.com. A member of our dedicated team will get back to you as soon as possible.

For information on how to secure your space today, click here. Here you will find our ‘commission enquiry form’, where you can fill in your details and send back to us at info@tonithorntonart.com. Please use ‘Commission enquiry’ as the subject. Then, a member of our dedicated team will get back to you as soon as possible.


I hope you have enjoyed reading and we can’t wait to hear your ideas soon! If you have any further questions, please send them across to info@tonithorntonart.com. A member of our team is always happy to help and assist you. 

The Toni Thornton Art Team 


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