Original artwork

Posted on | Friday, March 16, 2012 | 13 Comments

I feel silly to have to even bring this up and so sad that it happened, but after less than one month of going live, the artwork on my website has already been copied by another designer for their own commercial website! I mean, c'mon!!

I didn't think I had to point this out so explicitly but the floral print on my website's background, which is the same as on my signature boxes, is my original, hand painted artwork. It is copyrighted by Twigs & Honey, LLC. I've loved the feedback I've received so far and I think many people didn't realize that it was painted by moi - thank you everyone! But - even if you don't know that it's painted my myself, you shouldn't just copy it off my website. There are so many copyright laws out there for artwork. Educate yourself! You don't just go and right click and copy and use freely. Someone had to work hard to produce that art. I decided to paint my own art for my branding just so I could have exclusive rights to use it and to create exactly what I wanted! Even if you purchase a clipart membership somewhere, the fine print will usually say you can't use for commercial purposes... even though you had to pay for personal use. Long story short - please don't copy off my website or my branding.


Original copyright protected hand painted flowers from twigsandhoney.com


Original watercolour painting by Myra Callan. Do not reproduce!


13 Responses to “Original artwork”

  1. Carly Kmyta
    March 16, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Myra, I had no idea you hand painted it all! It's gorgeous!

  2. Liz
    March 16, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    This artwork is absolutely beautiful, original, and I'm sorry that lame people out there copied it in a lazy attempt at being original.

  3. Liza Wibisono
    March 16, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Gorgeous artwork! I'm sorry to hear that it was copied :(

  4. Kristin @ Petal and Thorn
    March 16, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    i suspected that you painted that! it has your artistry all over it. great work!

  5. Colleen
    March 16, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    You have GOT to be kidding me. That is ridiculous and insane!! I am so mad for you. I hope you have a good lawyer and can get them to take that down off of their site. Thinking of you...

  6. Gina
    March 16, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    The flowers and ALL your branding are gorgeous. I am so sorry you have to deal with this....when will people understand that stealing/copying will not create a successful business??

  7. leslie
    March 18, 2012 at 1:23 AM

    So sad that others have to cause unnecessary problems. Hello, that is stealing! We've this problem with photos on Etsy! UGH!!

    Love your beautiful artwork. Very nice!!

  8. Mandy
    March 18, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    I know that you can do something to the background , such that it cannot be copied. Check with a web designer.

  9. Susan
    March 19, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Very sorry this happen to you, again. This must be frustrating and a lack of respect. Btw, your painting is perfect for your brand and I hope you don't take it down.

  10. Lisa Ng
    March 19, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Beautiful painting! Sry someone copied you!

  11. Joanna Olson
    March 26, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    I was just listening to a blog interview on business ethics when I decided to pop over here!

    Businesses that are stealing from you, as hard as they are to deal with right now, are most likely on a "get rich fast" track and that gets no one far.

    Keep up the amazing work! Love being a "follower"!!

  12. Michelle
    April 19, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    I love that you wrote this. Sometimes it feels good to flat out write "do not reproduce". Good for you. I was just browsing your site a few days back admiring the gorgeous artwork (somehow thinking you probably designed it yourself), without even reading this first. Talent will always prevail over bogus dillweed copycats :)

    May 5, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    The artwork is BEAUTIFUL!! From one artist to another, I understand your point of view and whole heartedly agree.

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