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A hobby near and dear to many creative hearts, painting takes on so many forms, techniques, and mediums -- and in many ways it is the foundation of design. Watercolor, acrylic, oil, tempera, gouache. Abstract, impressionist, photo-realistic -- there's something for everyone! Entries will be previewed at the fat quarter size: 21″ x 18.”


Overview

Did you know that January is National Hobby Month? As the new year begins, we all set new goals and refocus on learning new things, improving, and challenging ourselves with hobbies. Here at Spoonflower we are proud to enable your hobbies whether that's design, sewing, or both! To celebrate this month, we're launching a design challenge each week that's inspired by a creative hobby (with a twist, of course). Are you up to the challenge?

Prizes

One popularly voted grand-prize winner will receive $200 in Spoonflower credit. The 2nd place winner will receive $100 in Spoondollars. The 3rd place winner will receive $50 in Spoondollars. The rest of the top 10 winners will receive $20 in Spoonflower credit. The top 25 popularly voted designs (provided the designers are already verified sellers) will be automatically made available for sale in the Marketplace where they will receive 10% commission on every sale — no $5.00 swatch required! In addition to cash prizes, the top 10 will receive additional exposure in our email newsletters, professional photography of their printed designs, and social media mentions.

Painting Details

  • The deadline for entries is Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 3 PM EDT.
  • Designs will be previewed at 150 DPI in a fat quarter size (21” x 18”) on the voting ballot.
  • All designs will be eligible for public voting, and the popular vote determines the top 25 winning designs. The grand-prize winner will be the fabric design with the most votes.
  • Designs previously published on the Internet are not eligible for this contest. Designs do not require printed proofing to enter the contest.
  • Moderation will take place at the close of the contest deadline.
  • See our blog page for even more Design Challenge details and a list of previous themes.

Timeline

  • 12/16/2016: Submissions open
  • 01/17/2017: Submissions close at 3pm EST
  • 01/19/2017: Public voting opens
  • 01/25/2017: Public voting ends at 3pm EST to determine top 25 entries
  • 01/26/2017: Spoonflower will announce the winner

Active Challenges

Cut-and-Sew Projects Design Challenge

Cut & Sew Fat Quarter Project

See the Challenge

Winners to be announced October 25

Gender Neutral Nursery Design Challenge

Gender Neutral Nursery Wallpaper

See the Challenge

Submissions close October 23 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins October 25

Chinoiserie Design Challenge

Chinoiserie

See the Challenge

Submissions close October 30 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins November 1

Fair Isle Design Challenge

Fair Isle

See the Challenge

Submissions close November 6 at 3 p.m. EST,
Voting begins November 8

Holidays Around the World Design Challenge

Holidays Around the World

See the Challenge

Submissions close November 13 at 3 p.m. EST,
Voting begins November 15

Large Scale Black and White Design Challenge

Large Scale Black & White

See the Challenge

Submissions close November 27 at 3 p.m. EST,
Voting begins November 29

Current Challenge Past Challenges