Paintcollar put to the test

9:00 AM

July 2018 Update!

Paintcollar's website has been down for 2-3 weeks now, and before that it seemed they stopped accepting orders and their social media handles have stopped updating with new content. 

In my experience this means they shut down in the same way Cupick did last year. 

As you might know, I now offer my designs for sale in India on Paintcollar, which is a print on demand company that operates like Society6 and Redbubble abroad.

They manufacture and ship within India and offer a reasonably priced alternative to the two previously mentioned sites.
For me as an artist based in India, it is very important to have a presence on the Indian market and while I was with Cupick for a while, I am now casting a wider net.

My old phone went Kaput on Christmas day, or rather the camera did. Since I am relying on said camera A LOT both for blogging purpose and art promotion, I found myself having to get a new phone.
And with it, the need to get a new phone cover arose. I could have gone with any random generic cover from the market, but believe me when I say that, it is way easier to explain what I do by showing a live example to people around me.
A phone case with one of my design is a marketing tool and good conversation starter :

Random person : So what do you do?

Me: I'm an artist and I license my artwork to print on demand companies

RP : Really? What is that?

Me: I make art, scan it, and upload it on websites that will print it on their products like this mobile case, and I get paid a royalty on each purchase. 

Proceed to show them the phone case :

And this is how I introduce you to my new phone case from Paintcollar people! This elephant print has been a very popular one with my friends and followers and I knew I had to get it on my next phone cover.

In fact those elephants have generated sales in a few variants in the past, the patterned version being the first one I uploaded and sold.

This bring me to Paintcollar and reviewing their services. 

I placed that order on Friday morning and was told it could take 7-10 days to reach me. Paintcollar is based in Mumbai and I had an inkling that it would take way less time, but they have to give a wide enough timeframe to customers who are ordering from out of State and in smaller towns, so I totally get it. 

What I was not expecting is how fast the whole thing was. By Saturday 30th December at 11am (barely 24 hours after I ordered the case) it was out for delivery and it reached me in the afternoon. 

A special kuddos for how full of humor their SMS communications are by the way : 

They could have gone with a formal, super boring notification, but nope, they went the extra mile to make me smile. 

The package arrived in the sealed plastic pouch bearing their logo, and inside was this box : 

It was bigger than the case inside, but entirely made of cardboard, no awkward plastic warp, bubble wrap or other environment hazard which I appreciate. 
The back of the box was interesting too: 

I think it is a nice way to remind customers that what they bought is helping artists like me make a living. 
This also means that if your purchase is a gift, you can wrap it as it is and the recipient will get to know what the product and art is and where it comes from.  

What about the quality?

The phone case has a matte slightly rough feeling which I appreciate because it makes the phone less likely to slip through my fingers. Paintcollar only offers that finish by the way, and it is advertised as being scratch-proof. At this point only time will tell that, but the case feels sturdy enough and fits my phone snuggly which is pretty much what I expect from a phone case anyway. 

The print on the case is of good quality and looks way better than on my old Cupick phone case.

If there is only one negative point about the case, is that it would be great is Paintcollar offered a transparent case option. Many of my designs are edited to look good on a transparent case and I would love to test one of these one day. 

I also hope that one day Paintcollar will expand their range of products and offer notebooks, and cushion covers as well. But so far entirely satisfied with their services and timely delivery. 

You can check my artist profile and designs here. And bear in mind that I am still in the process of uploading some of my designs, this will take time, so just be patient. 


  1. Anonymous2:12 PM

    The mobile cover is beautiful. Does it come in different mobile sizes?


    1. Yes it does. You can see the list of brands and phone models covered on the Paintcollar website and on any of my phone cover designs you can also use the drop down menu to select which phone you have.

    2. Hi Cynthia,

      I am not able to connect to Are they still in business or are they blocked from US. Can you please let me know, I would really appreciate it.

    3. Their website has been down for 2-3 weeks now, and I have a feeling that like Cupick they went out of business.
      They were only delivering within India that I know of though. Another Indian company I sell my design at is Colorpur, for now it's just on phone cases, and they do deliver worldwide. You can find the link to them on my "Shop" tab

      So far the most reliable print on demand sites I have a presence on are Society6 and Redbubble.


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