Call for Artists 2021 - Timeline Art Calendars

Call for Artists 2021 - Timeline Art Calendars

 Call for Artists 2021 | Timeline Paper Co.

Artistic Excellence from Local Artists

Being seen helps. Being known is even better. Being paid is fundamental. Timeline Paper Co. is where artwork of places people love is given a platform. Artists from specific regions and their artwork of recognizable places are presented in a celebration of nostalgic luxury - fine quality art calendars.

Selection process currently open

Timeline Paper Co. offers nostalgic luxury by infusing artwork with their quality paper products that people can proudly display in their homes. For information about the selection process and how to apply, please read below. Or download the PDF here.

Artwork Submission for the 2022 Art Calendars

Applications and artwork are submitted together through the online form.

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  • Applicants should upload their submissions by May 19th, 2021.
  • Curators are Rick Rogers (Edmonton and Kamloops) and Suzanne Heron (Victoria).
  • If you submit your work and check the “Consent to Publish” box with your Instagram account, your artwork may be posted on our social media.
  • Please note that we cannot post all applications on our social media and there is no connection between social media and the final artwork selection for the art calendars.
The online application form is at the bottom of this post. Click here to view the PDF version.



    Timeline has a line of art calendars, named Places, which has been a fabulous way to have artwork be distributed to a larger audience with the goal of people being interested in purchasing a larger print, or even an original. These art calendars have been produced since 2012 for Victoria, the Kootenays, and the Okanagan in BC. This year we are expanding to include Edmonton and Kamloops.


    1. Each artist provides high quality photos of two paintings and short write-ups
    2. A royalty is paid to artists who are invited to include their work in the calendar
    3. Option to have Print On Demand sales of main calendar painting
    4. Marketing of the artist’s work both online and offline
    5. No plastic is used to wrap the calendars. Artists are associated with supporting plastic free packaging.

    What Artists Provide

    Twelve artists will be selected to have their work featured in the calendar, one per month. One of these artists’ works will also be selected for the cover of the calendar. Each month will include one full page feature image and one smaller image from the same artist. By providing more than photos of their artwork, our customers get Backstage Access to the artist.

    1. Two landscape paintings submitted digitally. One photographic image of each painting. Note that the calendar will have an aspect ratio of 3:4 (9” x 12”). Both works should either fit that aspect ratio or be suitable for cropping to that aspect ratio. Please submit the works in their original composition, rather than cropped. Requirements:
    • All colour painting media are welcome. Sorry, no monochrome or photographic images for this calendar, but mixed media welcome.
    • The submitted images must not include a frame or glass and must be free from the glare effects from camera flash or reflected light.
    • Minimum resolution for the images is 3250 pixels in height and 4300 pixels in width to ensure strong print quality (350 dpi for a 9.25"x12.25" image).
    • To help with the quality photography, check out Timeline’s 5 Tips to Photographing Your Artwork article.
    • A cover image. After being invited to contribute, you may be asked to submit an additional painting and be the cover artist too.
    • Curating will be based on several criteria: compelling artwork, work that fits the season of each month, and recognizable subject matter.
    • Submissions will be accepted via the application form below. This webpage has a secure form for submitting multiple works of art.

      Print On Demand

      Contributing artists will have the option to take part in our Print On Demand program. The featured painting submitted can be printed on alternative mediums. These mediums are gallery width (1.5” thick) canvas, t-shirts, and hoodies.

      Artists have the option to choose all three mediums or just canvas. People wear what they love or what inspires them. It’s this wear-what-you-love attitude that can make art a wearable medium. And people notice when their colleagues and family wear art.

      Timeline takes care of the selling, printing, and delivery of any print on demand products.

      Note that for artists to take part in this canvas print on demand option, they must be invited to contribute to the art calendar first. More details are provided after the invite has been accepted.

      Royalty Payments

      At Timeline, we partner with artists. This means offering royalty payments for the accepted paintings.

      Calendar Royalty:

      • Using the Victoria calendar as an example, when it sells 2,600 copies with a royalty amount of 0.77%, each artist would make $275 for the year. Payouts come in the later part of the year. For example, calendar payouts come in Jan and Feb of 2022 for those who contributed to the 2022 calendar.

      Print On Demand Royalty:

      • The artist and Timeline work together to determine the following:
        • Consistent prices for stretched canvas prints
        • Sizes that will be made available
        • Stretchers are gallery depth (1.5”)
      • Sizes range from 16x20 to 36x48 as a stretched canvas in a variety of aspect ratios.
      • A commission of 40% is given to the artist based on profits. For example, profits are calculated after printing, fabrication, and packaging costs. Customers pay for the shipping portion.
      • On Demand payouts are scheduled for 45 days after the sale is made. This gives the customer time to make any refunds or additional purchases.
      • An email notification is sent to the artist within minutes of the sale as a method to track sales activity.

      Payout Methods:

      • Royalty payouts are made electronically through e-transfer and PayPal.


      Marketing Your Work

      Timeline’s goal is to have art be more accessible for people. People enjoy art for the thoughts and feelings that are evoked and the experience provokes a lasting connection to both the art and the artists.

      Timeline is promoting artwork and the stories behind the scenes that many would only get from Backstage Access. With this and continued sharing online, it is our belief that people will see the emotional benefits of having art surround them and want to have larger prints and originals on their walls.

      How Timeline is marketing your work:

      • Calendar customers receive monthly reminder emails about that month’s featured painting and the artist.
      • These emails also ask the customer to: a) buy a reproduction of the featured painting as print-on-demand, b) explore the artist’s website, and c) read the Backstage Access stories.
      • Artwork images are posted on Timeline’s Instagram account and the artist’s name and Instagram account is included.

        Art Calendar Quality

        It’s important for the Timeline brand and for artists to represent the paintings professionally, creatively, and with quality. The calendar is printed on a vellum, opaque 80 lb paper to give a tactile feeling and thickness that says quality. It’s not a thin, smooth, glossy paper that most calendars are printed on. The editing process also alters the colours slightly to have the painting stand out on the paper and look good to the eye in calendar form.

        For canvas prints, others use low quality, chemically unstable canvas materials and coatings. Our Canvas Prints are manufactured using premium 380 gsm archival grade, 60/40 poly/cotton blend canvas, matte coating and features a fine canvas weave to enhance optical clarity.

        Quality also comes with the artists selected for the calendar. Some of the outstanding artists featured in prior Timeline calendars include:


        Online Application

        Click this link to upload your artwork.



        5 Tips To Photographing Your Art | Timeline Paper Co.

        5 Tips To Photographing Your Artwork

        You've spent hours on your painting. Now, you want to share a photo that portrays the passion and energy you've put in.

        You could invite people over to your studio to see the painting in person. Or hope a gallery hangs it. But there are thousands of people who want to see your painting right away! If only you had a decent photo to share on social media, email, for printing, and websites.

        Photography is an art in and of itself.

        But when it comes to photos of your painting, there's a science to it.

        Below are 5 Tips on taking great photos of your work (and we've added 3 BONUS tips that you'll want to know too).

        #1. Take high quality photos, even for the web.

        You may want an engaged following on Instagram or to impress people with a gallery on your own website. Regardless of where you think the destination is going to be, we highly recommend taking the highest quality photos you can.

        It's about being prepared. You may have a stellar social media game but there may come an unforeseen day when you want to have them printed. Even if you don't think anyone will ask for a print, if you plan for one, it's more likely to happen!

        #2. What's a decent camera?

        It's not about having the most expensive camera. You have several options to choose from. Almost any DSLR purchased in the last few years works great. But for the budget conscious, a $200 Canon or Sony "point-and-shoot" also works well. Then there's most modern cell phones that have the capacity to take high quality photos too.

        Check your camera's specifications. You're looking for the mega-pixels (MP) and preferably one with a 8MP or higher capacity. Most cameras, point-and-shoots, and smartphones can snap 10 - 12MP photos these days.

        #3. No angles, just straight on.

        straight photography of artwork | Timeline Paper Co.

        Find a wall to hang your artwork for photos. If you want these photos to look good, there's no leaning artwork up against the wall or having someone hold it from behind. And before you bang a nail into the wall, you do have two choices.

        The first choice is near a window for natural light. The second choice is with electrical lighting. We'll get into lighting below but for hanging, think of these two lighting options before you commit to a spot.

        The wall should also be flat (no stucco or grooved paneling) and it should be a neutral coloured wall, such as, white, black, or gray. The height of the artwork depends on the tripod or sturdy table, where the camera sits. Looking through the camera, the artwork should be dead center of the lens and parallel to the camera height.

        #4. The key to light.

        In movies and magazine photography, lighting is one of the most important aspects of the shoot, even beyond the camera quality or expensiveness of equipment. To prove it, Steven Soderbergh (and other filmmakers) have produced full fledged movies using their iPhone 11 smart phones.

        Indoor photography should be in a room with plenty of windows and natural light. Natural light can be a beautiful way to photograph your work as long as it is indirect. Some artists also enjoy photographing their work outdoors when it is cloudy or overcast, as indirect sunlight provides the best lighting.

        photography setup for photos | Timeline Paper Co.

        When there isn't much light in the room, then you'll need artificial, electrical lighting. Place two lights halfway between the camera. One left and the other right of the canvas at 45-degree angles pointing toward the wall (this will help eliminate shadows and “hot spots” on the painting).

        LIGHT DIFFUSING HACK: If you don’t have a professional grade lighting kit, you can easily diffuse the light with a white sheet or white plastic between the lights and your work. This helps to evenly distribute the light.

        #5. Adjust the camera settings

        The ISO and aperture of your camera are very important to get clear, crisp and bright images of your artwork. we want a low ISO. Studio shots will generally be shot at ISO 100. The f-stop of the aperture of your camera adjusts how much light is let through the lens. With a DSLR the ideal range for shooting artwork is between f-11 and f-16. That way, you can ensure that even the most minute details stay sharp.

        To guarantee your aperture value doesn’t change on your DSLR, select Aperture Priority mode.

        Smartphones and point-and-shoots adjust these settings automatically, unless you have an app or change the settings manually to change the ISO and Aperture. Although, most smartphones are "smart enough" to give you a good photo, when you have good lighting.


        Bonus #1: Don't compress it.

        After all the time tweaking and retaking photos, which might have taken you the entire afternoon to set up, it would be a shame to send off your photo and have it's quality compressed when it gets to the recipient's side.

        Sending through email or uploading to places in the cloud can compress the image and quality is lost. Not to mention your time.

        Your best options are to use free services, like DropBox, Google Drive, WeTransfer, or TransferNow. These systems allow for large files to be transferred safely.

        Bonus #2: Distances

        When you set the camera on it's tripod or table, move it in as close as possible to the painting. When you check the viewfinder of the camera leave only a small amount of space around the edges of your artwork. You can crop out anything extra later using software. This gives you much better sharpness to showcase the fine details of your work.

        Bonus #3: Check the focus to get fine detail

        Once you take a few photos, view them on the camera or computer screen. Zoom into the photo to check on the detail and focus of the photo.

        Also, check your framing that it's as square as possible. You can use the crop tool on your computer software to make slight adjustments and squaring.


        Remember, you may be envisioning your artwork being printed but if you don't prepare for it, you are less likely to have it happen.

        Taking good, high quality photos relies less on luck and more on techniques discussed above. You can use a similar set up for every painting you create.