The Featured Artists section of this website is dedicated to help support professional artists with revenue during the COVID-19 outbreak. This platform for sales may continue beyond the outbreak, but ultimately the intention is to bring people together NOW, celebrate artwork, quality products, and in doing so-provide an alternative source of income for artists who are currently not able to work or pay bills because their shop has been forced to close. I am offering this service for FREE to any professional displaced artist that wants to participate as long as they leverage this service to the best of their networking abilities. There are many people out there who do not have disposable income to be spending money right now, BUT there are many folks out there who are still working and want to be able to contribute to support their local favorite artist, or want to be able to enjoy supporting many artists across the nation. Anyone can also support this program and any artists at any time by sharing via any social media platform or app. More exposure for artists help drive continued success. Please be sure to reference the artists and give all credits where credits are due. Please review the Terms of Service before you post
While we would like to eventually use this platform to support any and all artists from all backgrounds, currently, this free service is specifically only for professional artists who have been displaced from their normal work place, in the United States, due to the COVID-19 outbreak who may have difficulty getting approved for unemployment. This is not intended to be a source of income for a non-professional that is feeling creative. If you would like to participate in this platform in the future and are not currently a displaced professional artist, please reach out and let us know! We would like to work with you in the future and appreciate your understanding of this limitation at this particular time. We look forward to opening the doors to future creatives soon. If you feel you would like to participate as an exception, and would like special consideration, please reach out via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are using the "Fundraising Platform" to help artists sell their designs on quality garments. There is zero cost to the artist. In other words, there is no out of pocket costs. All the artist needs to do is email artwork in the correct format with contact information. We will then create a mock up based on the artist direction. We will feature the artwork on the site and will send links to the individual designs AND the collective submitted designs so the artist can promote the sales of the specific design or they can promote the entire platform via social media, email and on their website.
When it comes to garment decoration, the most profitable orders are orders that have bulk quantities that will be printed at the same time. For this reason, we are NOT offering print-on-demand services, but will be collecting orders and will print in bulk at the end of the period. Each artist will have about 30 days to promote the sales of their designs/garments, but if they wish to have a narrower window (such as 2 weeks) we are happy to honor whatever timeline is requested.
At the end of the determined fundraising period ordering will be disabled and each design will head into production. A report will be sent to the artist showing the total sales and a check for the profit will be mailed directly to each artist. Upon completion of production of the artists design, each individual order will be shipped via USPS First Class Mail.
Each artist has the opportunity to set their sale price points. We recommend each artist sell their shirts for $20-$25ea, however, it is up to the artist to choose their price point. In some cases a design could be simple, while others may be highly complex and ornate. We recommend pricing accordingly. The net profit from each shirt sold will be mailed directly to the artist via check or sent via Venmo as soon as the sales window closes.
As mentioned above, the best profitability is when an order can be manufactured at one time in-bulk. Similarly, we want to keep this simple so many can participate in this program. We are recommending that each artists only print one-design per garment in one ink color. However, each artist can offer up to 3 different designs at any given time. Please see below for artwork format requirements.
Incorporate as much shirt color into the design as possible. In other works, create designs that naturally have portions of the shirt showing through the design. This allows the design to "breathe" along with the person wearing it. Avoid large "flood plains" of heavy ink. No one wants to wear a "protective shield of ink." The best way to manage and prevent this is by avoiding large portions of solid color or opting for a "vintage print."
If possible, we would love all artwork to be submitted in vector format, but this is not always possible. Vector format is typically a file type created with Adobe Illustrator that allows us to increase or decrease the size of your artwork without it becoming blurry or pixelated. Vector artwork typically ends in .ai, .eps, or .svg and sometimes .pdf. Please note, JPG and PNG images can be saved with such extensions, but this is only is a renaming of the file handle and does not change the file format.
If you do not have your artwork in this format, don't worry. Please send scanned artwork at 300DPI at the size you want it to be printed. For hand-drawn artwork, please send send in Black and white, when possible. Art created in-color may not translate well. For shading, avoid gradients. Hand stippling, cross hatching, and halftone dots work great. Please note: Thin lines or small details, small thin lines or small text may have print variables and may not print properly.
Art Challenges: Artwork that is built in applications outside of the Adobe Creative Suite, may not work for your design. If the design was not created at the correct DPI or size, this could affect the quality of the imprint of your garments. I will advise immediately if your artwork may have issues. I can offer additional support if needed or requested. In some cases, there may be a fee, but this can be deducted after your sales time has finished so you don't have to pay up front.
Imprint sizes: For front and back you can print up to 13" Wide and 18" tall. Typically we recommend printing a full front imprint at 12" wide to avoid torso-wrapping on smaller sizes. If you need a larger size, we may be able to go a little larger, but it will depend on your smallest size shirt ordered.
DO NOT SUBMIT ANY SCANNED PENCIL ART. Regular graphite pencils reflect light from the scanner and do not translate properly for print.
Think carefully about how you want your image to be printed. If your artwork is prepared for a white or light color background, it may not look good on a dark shirt. Not sure if your image will look right on a dark background? You can upload it for free via the link below. (This is an external link that should be used at your own risk). https://www.photofunny.net/primerpaso-recorte-imagen
We understand that it is sometimes more fun to print multi-colored designs, but this can be more costly and takes quite a time to prepare on the digital pre-production phase. Additionally, more colors is more complex to print, thus profitability is reduced for the artists. The amazing thing is that great designs do not need more than one color to be considered beautiful, desirable, or valuable. We look forward to seeing your best work showcased and can't wait to send you a check for the profits.
Each artist should have a goal of selling 100 shirts per design. There is no penalty if this goal is not reached, but if you reach this goal, we will send you 100 die-cut stickers of your design in addition to your profit check as our way of celebrating you hitting your goal!
We are in the middle of a financial crisis and international pandemic. Many screen printing shops have been forced to shut down and do not have resources to continue operations. I have resources available to support bringing people together that ultimately will help support artists AND each artists' success through this platform will additionally support payroll for employees in the screen printing industry. I hope this effort brings people together, inspires creativity, and is a resource to help many artists across the nation.
Please review the Vivid Red Featured Artists Terms of Service, then submit your application online. You will need the the following information ready when you apply. (Click the dark red button below to apply)
1. Shop name and address, shop phone number, shop email
2. Artist name and address where to send the check
3. Artist phone number and email
4. Artwork scanned at-size at 300dpi - Uploads up to 10MB via the application or please send via Dropbox, Google, or email to email@example.com
5. Desired fundraising period: We recommend 2 weeks - 30 days after your design launches on the site. This time frame can be amended at any time. For example, of you want to push for your goal in 2 weeks, but do not reach your goal, and want to extend your timeline, we can certainly adjust this for you.