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Big bold brushstrokes, paint drips, and gestural, broad swaths of color and shapes. The best abstract designs can change your mood and lift your spirits – and they just happen to be some of our favorite designs for garment sewing and wall art alike. Whip out the watercolors and give us your take on an abstract surface design!


Overview

We hope you're ready to dust off your watercolors because this month's themes are all about using this soft and painterly medium to create motifs and surface patterns. More of a digital kinda person? There are plenty of great watercolor Photoshop brush packs out there to give you a similar effect that are a lot of fun to play with! For the first time ever, all submissions into May's design challenges are automatically entered to win the grand prize full of design goodies worth over $1000!

Prizes

  • 1 first place winner each week (5 total, 1 per theme), chosen from the top 25 by Skillshare, will receive a 1-year Skillshare Premium subscription (valued at $96) and $200 in Spoonflower credit.
  • The 2nd place (5 total, 1 per theme) winner will receive a 6 month Skillshare Premium subscription, along with a $100 Spoonflower credit.
  • 3rd place (5 total, 1 per theme) winner will recieve a 6 month Skillshare Premium subscription, along with a $50 Spoonflower credit.
  • Remaining top 10 designs will receive a $20 Spoonflower credit. The top 25 popularly-voted designs from each theme (100 total, 25 per theme) will be automatically made available for sale in the Spoonflower Marketplace (provided they are a verified seller) where they will receive up to 15% commission on every sale -- no $5 swatch required.
  • In addition, all design challenge entries submitted during the Skillshare partner design challenges (04/12/17 - 05/23/17) will be entered into a drawing; one lucky contest entrant will be randomly selected by Spoonflower for the Grand Prize on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. The grand prize winner will receive a 1-year Spoonflower PRO membership (valued at $249), a 1-year Skillshare Premium subscription (valued at $96), one Wacom Intuos Pro Pen and Touch Small Tablet (valued at $218) and a 1-year Adobe Illustrator Creative Cloud subscription (valued at $240). The grand prize winner will be announced Thursday, June 1, 2017.

Abstract Skillshare Whimsical Watercolor Details

  • The deadline for entries is Tuesday, May 2, 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 first place winner will be chosen by Skillshare from the popularly-voted top 25 designs.
  • Public designs previously uploaded on Spoonflower.com 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

  • 04/12/2017: Submissions open
  • 05/02/2017: Submissions close at 3pm EDT
  • 05/04/2017: Public voting opens
  • 05/09/2017: Public voting ends at 3pm EDT
  • 05/11/2017: Spoonflower will announce the winner

Active Challenges

Petal Solids: Joy Design Challenge

Petal Solids Coordinates: Joy

See the Challenge

Winners to be announced September 16

Petal Solids: Calm Design Challenge

Petal Solids Coordinates: Calm

See the Challenge

Voting begins September 16

Holiday Traditions Toile Design Challenge

Holiday Traditions Toile

See the Challenge

Submissions close September 21 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins September 23

2022 Wall Hanging Calendar Design Challenge

2022 Wall Hanging Calendar

See the Challenge

Submissions close September 28 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins September 30

Vintage Recipe Wall Hangings Design Challenge

Vintage Recipe Wall Hangings

See the Challenge

Submissions close October 5 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins October 7

Modern Motivational Posters Wall Hangings Design Challenge

Modern Motivational Posters Wall Hangings

See the Challenge

Submissions close October 12 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins October 14

Current Challenge Past Challenges