Art that Sells: How to Design, Create and Make a Living with Your Art Online

Art and money don’t always go hand in hand. The amount of ridiculously talented artists in the world, who create amazing masterpieces, which never get seen and never earn them any money is abundant.

At Contrado they know this because they see this talent. Every day. And they are here to help!

Who are Contrado? A highly experienced print on demand company, that offers a marketplace for designers and artists to sell their artwork. Not just on canvas, but on our huge range of handmade, customised products, which help showcase designs in a brand-new light, to a brand-new audience.

Just what is Contrado?

“Our experience is vast, and our vision is cutting edge. Founded in 2003, our name means “to assemble and deliver,” and that is just what we do. A one stop production facility based in London, that creates hundreds of custom products by hand, which can be entirely customised for the individual customer. From print on demand fabric (we have over 100 options) to a fully customised fashion range, to stunning personalised homeware, soft furnishings, and quirky gifts; yep, our collection of customised products is extensive, exciting, and ever growing.”

How can artists make money with Contrado?

“You’re an artist and you have something to sell. The problem? Not everyone wants to put up prints or canvases on their walls. They love showing off their creative flair and artistic taste, but they need the right medium, which works for them. This is where we come in.

At Contrado, we work with the most talented artists and designers to build their own brand and product lines. We enable creatives to offer unique products to their customers, while we take care of the nitty gritty. Our worldwide market is an innovative concept, that allows artists to create their own online store, where each product is carefully handmade, on demand, usually within 24 hours of being ordered.

To put it another way, Contrado is a great platform to make your art appeal and most importantly, sell, to a whole new audience in exciting and unique ways.”

Don’t just sell, create a brand

“Trust us when we say that your artwork will appeal to so many more people, if it could be translated in a way, which works for them. No one truly needs prints and canvases on a day to day basis, but they do need:

  • Clothes
  • Homeware
  • Luggage
  • Bags and wallets
  • Bedding
  • Kitchen gadgets
  • Stationary
  • Underwear (yep, we make customised underwear)
  • And hundreds of the other things we make.

If your designs are printed on these items, suddenly, you have a brand, made with your art.”

Would this actually work for me?

“We have seen it thousands of times. From artists all over the world, selling vintage inspired surreal designs on our customised stationary, stunning illustrations on hoodies, abstract prints on our custom printed luggage and more. If you want to make money from your art, then Contrado is truly the only place to be. We love creating lasting relationships with our artists and offering them generous discounts and other treats.”

You’re amazing and you deserve to be paid

“Your art is beautiful and you are talented. If you are an artist and you want to make money by selling your art online, then we can make that happen. Once you have your own brand of sellable art pieces, you can start marketing, selling, and earning.

By selling through the Contrado online designer platform, we help with the following:

  1. Help with the design process
  2. Take care of customer service
  3. Give you a hand with your marketing
  4. Rave about you on social media and our blog
  5. Work with you to improve your SEO
  6. Be with you through every step
  7. Watch your brand grow together
  8. Take care of production and distribution

We have a huge international audience, which grows daily and we would love to introduce them to your art.

We also love shouting about our artist friends and their lovely designs using our social media platforms and blog. Oh, and obviously, the most important thing – all artists retain the rights to their art! All artwork and designs, which are uploaded onto our platform, remain the property of their respective owners.”

What sets us apart from other print on demand companies?

“We aim to build a stable and prosperous future with our artists. You are in the driver’s seat regarding setting your own prices, and artists receive a generous commission on every item sold. Want to know what else sets us apart from our competitors?

  • We help you develop your design brand from scratch
  • All artisans, craftsmen, printers, marketers, developers, and customer service work together under the same roof in London
  • We make, print, and despatch orders direct to your customers
  • Contrado Imaging Ltd has been running for over 15 years – that’s a lot of experience!
  • We are one of, if not the largest customisable fabric printing facilities in the UK
  • We are an ethical company and strive to use organic fibres in our fabrics and water based inks
  • There are no minimum runs or orders on fabrics or products and we have a 48-hour turnaround
  • We work with design and art students and sponsor them to help them with their final collections as well as offering discounts
  • We have an entire customised clothing range, which can turn artists into fashion designers
  • We are adding to our custom product line constantly

Phew, that’s a lot of points, but for a small company, we really do have a lot to say.”

Come on, let’s work together

“If you like what you have read and fancy embarking on an exciting, unique, and successful way to sell your art and turn it into a profit, then let’s make amazing things together. Get in touch with us and send us some examples of your work, so we can start our creative journey.”



Maria Papaefstathiou

VISUAL DESIGNER since 1996 and blogger since 2010. Living in Athens, Greece. She has been focusing her research on poster design and particularly on social poster design and portrait design. Her main poster project is a series of posters celebrating great personalities of traditional and popular culture in Greece and Jamaica. These include actors, singers, musicians, poets etc. This is an ongoing project. “I believe that design is a powerful tool that we designers can use to spark enthusiasm, change mindsets and bring positive actions to our world and our culture”. FOUNDER AND EDITOR OF GRAPHICART-NEWS.COM BLOG. She carefully curates high-quality designs, illustrations, and art, from all over the world that will teach and provoke other designers. Many consider her blog to be an exceptional educational tool. CO-FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL REGGAE POSTER CONTEST which was launched on December 2011, partnering, the creative activist Michael Thompson aka Freestylee. (