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FAQ FOR ARTISTS

What is Prophetic Creations?

Prophetic Creations is an international e-commerce site where individuals can buy prophetic art. It is a place for professional Christian artists to display and sell positive prophetic artwork. Mediums may include acrylic, oil and water color. Prophetic Creations is designed to give people a message of Hope and joy.

How should I write my artist bio?

The artist’s bio is a place to let others see who you are and what inspires you. Here are some questions to ask yourself to help you think of something to say.

  • Where do you live?
  • What inspires you to paint?
  • What inspires you to wake up each morning?
  • Where’s your favorite place to vacation?
  • Whats your favorite thing to paint and why?
  • Where is your favorite place to escape to?
  • What’s your biggest dream in life?
  • What’s your favorite ice cream or breakfast cereal?
  • How do I write a  Prophetic Description?

Pray about it and write what you feel the artwork says. Consider, is there are any scriptures, or testimonies that can be attached to the meaning? It's also good to remember that people are most interested in why you painted it, and what inspired you. It's good to share a little bit of the process. Often, asking friends what it means to them, can be helpful. Remember to keep it up-beat, inspiring and family friendly.

Do I need to have Watermarks?

Our website does not support watermarks on artist's work. We have taken a number precautions to ensure artwork security. We have disabled the ability for individuals to right click and copy images. We have taken further precautions by minimizing the images pixel size to no larger than 600 pixels x 600 pixels. If someone copied the quality of the image it would be blocky and blurry even at a 10” x 10” size.

How do I get started and sell art?

To get started, first read our qualifications.*  To apply for an artist account, click the “login” button and apply for an artist account.  If you are accepted you will receive an acceptance e-mail with your account login information.

*See what can and can’t be sold on Prophetic Creations and see our Terms and Conditions.

How do I upload, edit, and delete artwork?

To upload art work, first create an account. Once you have an account, login and click on your name to view your profile. From there, click the “add artwork” button and fill out the form. To edit existing artwork, from your profile, click on the edit icon near the photo you’d like to edit.

What are my printing options?

There are 3 types of material, all are printed in the Giclee style;

 

1.  Archival Matte Paper,

Premium Archival Matte Paper is a smooth, neutral-white, matte paper for high-quality fine art, photo reproduction, and open-edition decor. The paper supports accurate color reproduction and high-contrast, high-resolution output, and is acid-free for a longer print life with pigment inks. It features a heavy weight (230 gsm), thick base (9.5 mil), and an instant-dry coating that resists fingerprints and smudging.

2.  Somerset Velvet,

Somerset®, Fine Art Paper, has always been the first paper choice among serious artists and printmakers. Ever since the 1700s and the days of handmade paper, Somerset has enjoyed a reputation for quality that has continued to grow through the years. Now Epson brings you this old world paper, with an ink jet coating, to meet the quality requirements of the most demanding printmaker. Somerset Velvet  is a 100% cotton, acid-free paper that delivers long-lasting prints when printed with Epson Ultra Chrome HDR Inks. Like all of Epson’s innovative media, Somerset Velvet is engineered to give you the highest resolution and color saturation possible.

3.   Canvas,

LexJet’s Matte Canvas offers users a high-quality, water-resistant poly-cotton blend canvas with an unsurpassed white point. This canvas comes flat and can be stretched over bars or mounted at your convenience. The new pH neutral, acid-free inkjet coating allows for greater consistency from print to print. It creates the perfect medium for fine art printers and photographers alike, truly making it the perfect vehicle for artist reproductions of the highest order.

How good is the color match?

We print using some of the finest inks available. We guarantee that each print is crafted with quality and matches the original. However, colors will display slightly differently depending on your computer screen. The inks we use feature two extra colors – green and orange – the Epson Ultrachrome HDR (High Dynamic Range) ink set is the ultimate professional photo and graphic arts ink that achieves the highest level of color accuracy. Epson Stylus Pro printers using this ink have been certified to cover an unprecedented 98% of the Pantone Matching System colour gamut. This addition of orange and green inks takes inkjet colour performance to an entirely new level. Grass and foliage will be much more vivid and natural, while orange tones like sunsets will be more dazzling. Photographers will be delighted to see that the orange ink also lessens the graininess in skin tones.

What’s the exact size of a print?

Prints and canvases may vary on a micro scale, depending on the amount of pixels an item contains. However, here are some specifics:

Our *paper prints 16×20” and smaller automatically come with 1” white borders around them.  If a print says 8×10, then the image will be 8×10 with a 1” white border around all 4 sides.  The total size of the item will be 10×12.

Paper prints 16×20 and larger have 2”white borders around all sides.

All canvas prints have 3 “ white borders.

Prices are biased on the image size. We do not charge  extra for the white border.

*Archival Matte & Summer Sett Velvet

What are my shipping options?

For Archival matte and Somerset Velvet prints you have the option to ship an item at a standard rate or to place it as a rush order.

For Canvas items only stand rates are available. (Due to our meticulous giclee printing style, canvas prints take 5 days to make.)

Is insurance included in shipping?

Total purchases $250 or more (before taxes) automatically include insurance for your convenience.

How do I package and ship my original artwork?

For shipping originals, we recommend bringing the original artwork to the shipping company to have them wrap, package and box the artwork. We recommend getting insurance on the item as well. Keep in mind that damaged art could result in a reduction of funds received.

If you package the artwork yourself please follow the following packaging guidelines:

Items needed for packaging:

  1. Archival qualityshipping paper
  2. Bubble wrap
  3. Good quality tape
  4. 2 Foam boards ½ inch thick (flat cardboard will work.)
  5. Cardboard or bubble wrap corner protectors
  6. Heavy plastic bag
  7. Card board box (Select a box that is at least 2 inches longer and wider than your artwork).

Steps when packaging:

Step 1 -Place the painting on a flat clean surface and wrap it in archival quality tissue paper (acid free). Do not touch the artwork with non-archival paper. It must be acid free and PH Neutral. We suggest using gloves in this process.

Step 2 -Place your artwork in a heavy duty plastic bag, then tape it closed. We suggest not using trash bags as this leaves a bad impression.

Step 3 -Wrap artwork in 2 layers of bubble wrap.

Step 4 -Place cardboard corner protectors on all 4 corners of painting.

Step 5 -Place artwork between 2 pieces of foam boards (½ inches thick).

Step 6 -Place artwork in cardboard box and fill in empty areas with bubble wrap.

Step 7 – Tape box tightly.

Step 8 -Either place a Fragile sticker on the box or write “FRAGILE” on box in CAPS.

How do I take photographs of my artwork?

Often, the best quality comes when you take your art to be scanned or photographed by a professional.  If those options are not available you can photograph art yourself with a nice camera.

Here are some helpful tips when photographing artwork: Set Up:

  • Make sure the light around artwork is a soft light. Photograph the piece earlier in the morning or in the later afternoon when the daylight is not so harsh. A cloudy day is the ideal photography conditions. If you are taking pictures indoor make sure you turn off all lights. As lights release their own color.
  • Hang painting on the wall, (or use an easel) surrounded by a simple background.
  • Placing the camera on a tripod at a parallel height with the center of the artpiece.

Taking Photo’s:

  • For the best quality image set ISO in camera at either 100 or 200 (ISO).
  • Turn camera flash off.
  • Adjust zoom at the halfway point for best quality, not all the way out or all the way in.
  • Ensure that the artwork fills 99% of the camera’s picture, showing small edges around the picture. This will ensure the image has the highest resolution possible.
  • Make sure the image is in focus.
  • Be sure to set the aperture to F8 on your camera.
  • White Balance:Make sure that the white seen in your picture is the same white you see with your natural eye. If the camera is auto whiting the image to a blue tint white, then simply use the preset button for your lighting.
  • When taking a picture be sure to use the timer to get the most stabilized picture you can.
  • Take your first picture. If the image is too dark or light, simple adjust your exposure compensation.
  • Take a number of shots before you take down your setup.

Editing and uploading

  • There are a number of editing programmes can use. (Iphoto, Picasa, Photoshop)
  • Crop your image so that all is seen in the picture is your artwork.
  • Be sure to zoom in to every area of your image to ensure it accurately reflects the original.
  • Save your image and set quality at maximum.
  • Make sure image has been rotated if needed to the correct position.
  • Log in to your art profile account on Prophetic Creations and upload your work.
  • What can and cannot be sold on Prophetic Creations?

 

Terms and conditions

Prophetic Creations is a place for professional Christian, Prophetic Artists to sell their artwork. Art work is to be redemptive, encouraging and Godly in nature. Art presented on site must be “Family Friendly”, nothing graphic, no nudity, no extreme violence, nothing discriminating against others. Prophetic Creations reserves the right to delete blog posts, comments, photos,  art work etc. that does not meet our requirements. Prophetic Creations reserves the right to close an artist's account without any explanation.

How do I price my artwork?

As the artist, you get to set the price of your artwork. We recommend keeping your prices consistent.   There are two main ways of setting a sales price.

  1. Cost, plus hourly wage.
  2. Cost, plus price per square inch.

A.  With this method, artists decide how many hours a painting took them and then multiply that by an hourly rate. Then, they take that number, and add it to cost of supplies to create their art piece. For example,  if an art piece took  20 hours and you would like to be paid $20 an hour,  multiply 20 hrs by $20.  $400 would be your total, add the cost of supplies ($60.) $460 would be the total price for your art work.

20hrs

X $20 per hour

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=   $400

  • $60cost of supplies

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$460 Total price of artwork.

 

B. With this method Artists multiply total square inches  by a price per square inch.  If you created an art piece 16×20 (320 square inches), and you want to charge $2 per square inch, you would multiply $2 by 320 inches. $640 plus cost of supplies would be your final price.

What do I do after making a sale?

Artist will receive an email confirmation of an item that has been sold. If an original has been sold it is up to the artist to ship the original. Look under “How do I package my artwork” for packaging guidelines. Please start the shipping and packaging process upon receiving your notification.

What is the percentage breakdown of a sale?

For Originals, the artist pays 20% of the sale price (before tax and shipping.) The other 80% the artists keeps.

When an artist uploads their artwork and makes it avaiable for prints, the artist gets to set how much they will recieve for the print. (Artist Revenue) For prints,  artists receive slightly less than 80%. To find the exact amount,  take the sale price (before shipping and taxes) subtract the 20% maintenance fee and subtract the printing fee (this varies), this total is the amount an artists should receive.

Example:

Print sale price:    $100.00

Subtract 20%:         -20.00

Subtract printing fee:      10.00

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Artist is paid:                  $70.00

Please note, depending on size and material, printing fees will vary.

How long will it take to receive my payout?

It may take up to 30 days to receive funds from a sale, international sales may take up to 40 days. In most cases, with no complications, it will take 14 days.  

What tax form do U.S. Artists submit?

Prophetic Creations, LLC is not obligated to determine whether Seller Taxes apply and is not responsible to collect, report, or remit any sales, use, or similar taxes arising from any transaction. It is the Seller's responsibility to determine whether Seller Taxes apply to the transactions and to collect, report, and remit the correct Seller Taxes to the appropriate tax authority. Basically artist takes responsibility to declare the income within their own tax authority.

What tax form(s) do Non-U.S. Artists submit?

Prophetic Creations, LLC is not obligated to determine whether Seller Taxes apply and is not responsible to collect, report, or remit any sales, use, or similar taxes arising from any transaction. It is the Seller's responsibility to determine whether Seller Taxes apply to the transactions and to collect, report, and remit the correct Seller Taxes to the appropriate tax authority. Basically artist takes responsibility to declare the income within their own tax authority.

How do I change my password?

To change your password as an artist, all you have to do is log in and go to your profile page. Once you are in your profile, click on the edit information button. From there you change your password and click the update button.