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Projects Desired

Painting World Magazine presents quality art instruction projects for decorative artists of all kinds.  


SPECIAL NOTICE ABOUT COPYRIGHTS: Please do NOT send us artwork that is a derivative of any published painting, photograph, drawing, illustration, or other images by another artist. 

  • This means NO painting from a copyrighted picture you found online without that photographer's permission.

  • You may NOT make your own "version" of another artist's painting or illustration; this is illegal.

  • You may not submit artwork you taught at a seminar, class, workshop, etc., 

  • If we do a Google Image search and find artwork that is just like yours or similar enough to be recognizable as a derivative, we will automatically discard your submission and reject all future submissions. 

  • The difficulty level should be intermediate to advanced.

  • Projects should:

    • Encourage creativity

    • Teach a new technique

    • Provide easy-to-understand instructions

    • Step-by-step pictures, if possible

    • Offer alternative ideas or spotlight a tip or tool

  • All submitted projects must be unpublished, 100% original artwork.

  • New styles and new techniques are what we want. Use a traditional style if you like, but your work should aim to teach something new.

  • Articles considered for publication must be mostly painted pieces or use paint for a majority of the project and can include:

    • Acrylics

    • Oils

    • Watercolor

    • Mixed Media

    • Zentangle

    • Stenciling

    • General Crafts

    • Trending DIY Ideas for a wide range of surfaces such as Furniture, Wood, Glass, Paper, Fabrics, Canvas, Etc...  

  • Project categories include

    • Home Decor

    • Wearable Art

    • Repurposed Items

    • Gift Giving

    • Holiday, Etc...

Submission Guidelines

    • Send your proposed project photo via email to for consideration by the Submissions Deadline on the Editorial Calendar.
      • Once your piece is accepted (and not before), I will need the following sent via EMAIL, GOOGLE DRIVE, OR DROPBOX.COM ONLY:

      • Designer Information: Please send a RECENT photo, taken in the last 2 years, of professional quality, paying close detail to the background and surrounding area. Send a selfie via email if you like, casual or formal, depending on how you want to be seen by your readers. PLEASE use a high-resolution, good-quality, clear image. (If you forget to include it, I will grab one from your Facebook page, so send one you like.)

      • Designer bio: just a few sentences about yourself, and let the audience get to know you.

      • Contact info: This will be printed in the magazine, so be sure to use appropriate public contact numbers and addresses. Give your email and website.

      • Instructions:

    • Not all projects will be accepted, but I’ll let you know the status of your submission. Please do not mail pieces or email instructions until you have received an acceptance email asking you to do so. We will let everyone know one way or the other!

  • MANDATORY: Format according to the Template»

  • 3000 words or less (No more than 6 pages)

  • Use full sentences, do not write as numbered or bulleted lists

  • Send digitally as a Word document; do not send paper instructions; to 

  • If it’s too big for email, then use or Google Drive. Please ask the editor first before doing so.

  • Send all instructions in ONE document.

  • Include ALL product numbers with supplies

  • All photos and line drawing patterns should be sent as individual, separate HIGH-RESOLUTION image files / original photo files. We will accept a Word doc or an editable PDF file. Send via Dropbox/Google drive or in emails.

  • All line drawings must already be reduced and fit on a regular sheet of paper. You must provide the enlargement or reduction size. It must be clearly stated on the line drawing.

  • Please remember we do edit and proof all instructions to fit the format of the magazine as shown in the template.

  • Shipping:

  • Your piece NO longer needs to be shipped to us by the post-dated Project Deadline on the Editorial Calendar unless it is specifically requested by the Editor. Send high-resolution photos only.

  • You pay shipping fees to get it to us, and we pay shipping fees to get it back to you.

  • If shipping, please pack it carefully and use plenty of padding, so it doesn’t get damaged.

  • Please do NOT ship any step-by-step painted boards to us to scan. Please scan the board and send the image via EMAIL with the rest of the submission packet and photos.

  • Please DO NOT request a signature for delivery.

  • Shipping Address for requested shipped projects: 
    Painting World Magazine
    514 W Main St

      Albert Lea, MN 56007


Download Project Instructions Template for Designers »


  • Objective, informative articles about products, techniques, art theories, art business information, or other interesting content.

  • General in nature and not advertising of any sort. Advertising rates will apply if that is what you would like to do, and it is certainly a great option for advertisers, but our audience needs to know that it's a promotion and not an objective editorial.

  • Offensive, unpleasant or insulting editorials will not be considered.

  • 1000 words or less and include images or diagrams that would be helpful to the readers.


  • Cover Artist $300.00 USD. $200.00 USD for full-length painting projects, paid on publication of that issue. (must meet all guidelines) *Note: Compensation for the October ornament issue has changed to $200.00 USD. We no longer offer the Special Digital Issue. Limit 3 pages per project for this issue.

  • $30.00-100.00 USD for Editorial write-ups, stories, feature articles, etc., depending on length and involvement of detail. 

  • Payments are made within 30 days of Publish Date of each issue via check and PayPal. Paper checks sent via mail can take up to 15 days or more to be processed, mailed, and reach you.

Editorial Calendar

Permanent Calendar 2023-2025

February- Late Winter






Projects Desired
Submission Guidelines

Copyrights: Important Note on Authenticity:

As much as we'd like to, we can't accept everyone's submissions all the time. We're looking for highly original, unique styles and love to emphasize decorative painting, fine art, crafts, and mixed media, though we love all the art forms out there and will consider just about anything. That being said, there is a contract that is signed with the publication of each project for each artist per issue. That contract is legally binding worldwide and holds the designer 100% responsible for any and all copyright breaches.

NOTICE: Creating derivative paintings of copyrighted work (photos, other paintings, etc) without explicit, written permission from the original artist is illegal in the USA. See for further details »

We're very familiar with all the existing artists that have been coming up with new ideas for many years, and want to encourage everyone to please try something new and not rely too heavily on existing work.

We recognize that many styles look similar, but retain the right to reject anything we feel is too derivative, REGARDLESS of how the elements are rearranged. Our readers want new projects and that's what we try to give them!

If we find out that a project is copied, has been taught before or looks too similar to any artist’s work, we will reject all future submissions from you and/or may pursue legal fines due to a breach of contract. We take copyrights very seriously and you will be held to the United States copyright laws if you are publishing with us, regardless of where you live. Please review your contract for full details.

Special Note for Past and Present Members of Terrye French's Painting With Friends®:

You must obey the terms of your contract with the group PWF. This includes getting permission to use any of Terrye French's designs as well as giving credit where due. You can publish a French design, but you must have permission from the copyright holder Painting With Friends and you must list Terrye French in the credit and the author information. 


Please see Painting With Friends terms for full information »

We do check designs against their database, and this applies to all submissions worldwide. 

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