Guidelines For Submission

Any current member of the Society of Decorative Painters may submit projects to be considered for publication.

We welcome the opportunity to consider original, unpublished artwork* of all skills levels in any medium on any paintable surface.

  • Medium examples: acrylic, oil, heatset oil, alkyd, watercolor, fabric paint, colored pencil, faux finish, pastel, enamel, mixed media, pen and ink, mechanical pencil, etc.
  • Surface examples: wood, tin, porcelain, glass, paper, canvas, fabric, etc.

  • *Projects previously published in another publication will not be accepted. Please do not submit the same or a similar project to another publication concurrently. If you have taught your project in a class or seminar, please inform our editorial staff. If painted from a photo, you must have the photographer's permission to paint it before submitting.

Provide only the following information for your submission:

  • Brief explanation of the process used to create the artwork
  • Skill level of the project
  • Surface and medium used
  • Dimensions of the finished work
  • Photographs of the finished work*

  • * Photographs are the primary means by which the editorial staff chooses which pieces to publish.
Do not send original works of art, including line drawings or painted step-by-step worksheets, unless specifically instructed to do so by a member of the editorial staff.

You may submit an artwork for consideration to the attention of Sheryl Born by either email to, or postal mail to:

    The Decorative Painter
    Attn. Sheryl Born
    1220 East First Street
    Wichita, KS 67214

Tips For First Time Contributors

  • Check recent issues for examples of successful submissions.
  • Our readership is interested in classic subject matter and technique, as well as art that incorporate modern and emerging products, trends and styles.
  • Seasonal or holiday theme projects are accepted throughout the year.
  • Strong consideration will be given to projects featuring unusual, unique or interesting surfaces or techniques.
  • Above all, the editorial staff looks for inventive, original and well-executed painting.


Potential contributors are notified at the editorial staff’s earliest opportunity, generally within four months. A follow-up email or phone call is both appropriate and welcomed.

Don’t be discouraged if your project isn’t chosen. We receive a high volume of submissions. Keep in mind that many artists who now appear in the publication regularly were accepted only after several tries.

Upon Acceptance

Artists of accepted projects will receive a contract by mail assigning first-time rights to their artwork to The Decorative Painter. Also included will be crucial deadlines. Accepted artists will be compensated $200. Payment is generally made once the magazine in which your artwork is featured is published and mailed.

For questions or more information, please contact Sheryl Born at (316) 269-9300 x 119 or