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We were so inspired by our friend SammyK's Skillshare class about creating motifs inspired by your city, that we knew we had to turn this theme over to our community! “Throw down for your home town” and create a watercolor design inspired by your locale.


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 receive 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 10% 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.

The Winner

The rest of the Top 10

The full list of entries and votes

  1. 376 votes for Holland in royal Delft blue watercolors by heleen_vd_thillart
  2. 361 votes for Salt Lake City by sarah_treu
  3. 358 votes for norden_city by sevas
  4. 356 votes for New York watercolor by scrummy
  5. 315 votes for CITY by j9design
  6. 292 votes for Pastel City by miranema
  7. 242 votes for in the Spanish South coast by analinea
  8. 239 votes for Once Upon A Time by ceciliamok
  9. 227 votes for La Nuit Parisienne by susan_polston
  10. 223 votes for City Life M+M Ruby by Friztin by friztin
  11. 213 votes for Rooftops and Treetops by graceful
  12. 212 votes for The City! by carovalver
  13. 204 votes for Cute houses by juliabadeeva
  14. 203 votes for Whimsical Cityscape by jenuine_designs
  15. 199 votes for new_york by holaholga
  16. 195 votes for pigeon6 by laurahurtextiledesign
  17. 191 votes for Krakow by boris_thumbkin
  18. 190 votes for City Suburb by ruthenia
  19. 188 votes for Amsterdam neighbourhood by adenaj
  20. 185 votes for PDX Watercolor by jadegordon
  21. 175 votes for rainbow buildings by gracedesign
  22. 173 votes for Stepped Gables in Watercolor by meowandcraft
  23. 161 votes for Amsterdam watercolors by rachilan
  24. 155 votes for Eternal snow city by elena_naylor
  25. 154 votes for The Eastern Shore of Virginia by ceanirminger
  26. 153 votes for Where We Live by artfully_minded
  27. 149 votes for SOOBLOO_WATERCOLOR__1 by soobloo
  28. 144 votes for Town and country by vo_aka_virginiao
  29. 141 votes for THIS OLD TOWN by janemonteith
  30. 139 votes for Vancouver BC by kimthings
  31. 132 votes for Kansas City Skyline by palifino
  32. 131 votes for Amsterdam by bonifi
  33. 131 votes for THE OLD FRENCH STORE NIGHT AND DAY CITYSCAPES WATERCOLOR by paysmage
  34. 128 votes for (private design)
  35. 128 votes for Whimsical Hayle in Cornwall, UK by lauraflorencedesign
  36. 119 votes for City WaterColor by lanrete58
  37. 118 votes for Cityscape Windows Blush by katebillingsley
  38. 114 votes for floral_facades by veronicapt
  39. 114 votes for Blue City by turnerhousearts
  40. 111 votes for Lets Travel by christinelynnjohansen
  41. 108 votes for (private design)
  42. 107 votes for Romewatercolor-pink by gaiamarfurt
  43. 105 votes for Congestion by seesawboomerang
  44. 103 votes for City_scape_bright by ruthjohanna
  45. 101 votes for Streets_of_Brunswick by samantha_wheatland
  46. 100 votes for Miami Beach Watercolor by eclectic_house
  47. 98 votes for Busy City Watercolor by leigh_jacobs
  48. 94 votes for Those Village Favourites by designed_by_esther
  49. 90 votes for Overlapping Watercolor Cityscapes by xoxotique
  50. 89 votes for Made With Love by snidgy's_designs
  51. 85 votes for NYC_Luvs_Trees_big by kimkim
  52. 84 votes for (private design)
  53. 84 votes for C'est la fête ! by vannina
  54. 84 votes for suburbia USA watercolor, large scale, colorful rainbow blue by amy_g
  55. 84 votes for Bournemouth Beach Huts - on Sand with shells by cecca
  56. 82 votes for Liberty London by kociara
  57. 82 votes for A Seattle Perspective by sewindigo
  58. 81 votes for Cityscapes Mandala by julia_faranchuk
  59. 80 votes for Seattle by lilyfox
  60. 77 votes for Amsterdam streetscapes (late 1700s) by greennote
  61. 76 votes for China by eezzeedesign
  62. 75 votes for KCToile150 by blairfully_made
  63. 75 votes for Purple Mountains by dahliabunny
  64. 73 votes for (private design)
  65. 72 votes for city view pink by bruxamagica
  66. 69 votes for watercolour city stamps by lisa_brown
  67. 68 votes for Cityscape: Birds' Spring Celebration by anniedeb
  68. 68 votes for streets_at_night by mariange
  69. 67 votes for Manhattan Streets - © Lucinda Wei by lucindawei
  70. 67 votes for London i love you but you're bringing me down by natalia_gonzalez
  71. 67 votes for parisian roofs by lisahilda
  72. 64 votes for Baltimore Plein Air by joannabarnum
  73. 64 votes for Golden State by ghouk
  74. 63 votes for City London New York Paris Indigo Blue White Watercolor Cloud Cities_Miss Chiff Designs by misschiffdesigns
  75. 63 votes for Bricks and Mortar by ladyrattus
  76. 61 votes for Scranton Whimsical Cityscape by supersky
  77. 60 votes for Urban-Watercolor by franbail
  78. 60 votes for Tel-Aviv skyline by dafnag
  79. 60 votes for Watercolor candy city with sakura by kotyplastic
  80. 59 votes for Milwaukee City Scape by digitallove
  81. 58 votes for White Rock by orangefancy
  82. 57 votes for Swan Lake in Black, White and Gold © Jennifer Garrett by jennifer_todd
  83. 56 votes for Danish small town by camcreative
  84. 54 votes for Denver's Art Disctricts by the_sunny_side_up_studio
  85. 53 votes for cityscape by pamelachi
  86. 53 votes for cityscape watercolor by bjdk
  87. 53 votes for Toronto_watercolour- by rikkandesigns
  88. 52 votes for Madrid by dariara
  89. 52 votes for Glowing City by KSchowe by kschowe
  90. 52 votes for Deepest Darkest Suburbia by edsel2084
  91. 52 votes for Abstract Watercolor City Lights Memphis Style by minikuosi
  92. 51 votes for toronto skyline cityscape by infiknit_fabrics
  93. 49 votes for Buildings NY cityscape by maria_alejandra_ortega_
  94. 49 votes for A City of Earth and Sky by lyddie_doodles
  95. 49 votes for Toronto Canada Urban Watercolours by morenap
  96. 49 votes for (private design)
  97. 48 votes for hometown_for_all_seasons_small by leroyj
  98. 48 votes for Heidelberg watercolour buildings by karinka
  99. 47 votes for Escape the city by linziloop
  100. 47 votes for Whimsical_cityscope_at_night by bugs4
  101. 46 votes for San Francisco Blues by ed_designs
  102. 45 votes for Outside the City by twilfley
  103. 45 votes for 06464242 © city : stormy skyline by sef
  104. 45 votes for windows by ipek
  105. 45 votes for cityscape by laurawrightstudio
  106. 45 votes for (private design)
  107. 44 votes for watercolour_houses by bridgeywidgey
  108. 44 votes for (private design)
  109. 43 votes for Hometown Hamburg by colorofmagic
  110. 42 votes for Memphis Cityscape Watercolor by terriartdesign
  111. 41 votes for Old Town Portland in Watercolor by hazelnut_green
  112. 40 votes for Chicago Cityscape by suepitkin
  113. 40 votes for Valley_in_Spring_Landscape__H_ by khowardquilts
  114. 39 votes for Stormy Philly by anneostroff
  115. 39 votes for IMG_5631-copy-2 by bittybottoms
  116. 39 votes for Cityscape_acuarelas by marielatresoldi
  117. 39 votes for Colorado Large Scale by everhigh
  118. 39 votes for City Medallions at Sunrise by ally_the_junebug
  119. 38 votes for Imaginary City in the Clouds by amborela
  120. 36 votes for Moscow_theme by sasha_maslo
  121. 36 votes for (private design)
  122. 36 votes for Northampton MA Cityscape Sketch by grossworks
  123. 36 votes for Vernazza, Italy Inspired Watercolour by fatcat_designs
  124. 35 votes for (E)scape from the City in Alberta Canada by sara_gerrard
  125. 35 votes for kansas by denydestiny
  126. 35 votes for Color-block Houston by studiosarcelle
  127. 34 votes for New York City by zprime
  128. 33 votes for 1watercolorWDC by margotbevi
  129. 33 votes for Normal scale // International Circuit of Vila Real by selmacardoso
  130. 32 votes for Brisbane_City by artonfabric
  131. 32 votes for Natural_Abstract_1_ by kalambysheetalkmajithia
  132. 32 votes for Rustic Rowhouses by seaweedandpinestudio
  133. 32 votes for The Great Australian by Su_G_©SuSchaefer by su_g
  134. 31 votes for Seattle Pride by thecameronquinn
  135. 31 votes for Rocky Mountain Cityscape by trizzuto
  136. 30 votes for (private design)
  137. 30 votes for Rainy City by svaeth
  138. 29 votes for Bogota__Pattern_modulo by laura_cifuentes
  139. 29 votes for Cityscape on Water at Sunrise Watercolor by sweetamelia
  140. 29 votes for (private design)
  141. 29 votes for New York NYC favorites by cityette
  142. 28 votes for fireflypattern4 by ambersimaginationco
  143. 28 votes for habana 2017 by hypersphere
  144. 28 votes for SouthScape by belana
  145. 28 votes for Deep in the heart of Texas (clap clap clap clap) by beesocks
  146. 27 votes for Cotton flowers (small) by floramoon
  147. 27 votes for Geometric Metro by menny
  148. 27 votes for WELCOME TO BOULDER by pam_ash_designs
  149. 26 votes for Rainbow City by girlupinatree
  150. 25 votes for Lower Manh from LSP_cropped_BLUE by stacysmithvelez
  151. 25 votes for Tower by miamaria
  152. 23 votes for Cafe Society by jvclawrence
  153. 23 votes for Urban_Marseille by g_lord
  154. 22 votes for (private design)
  155. 22 votes for Pompeii by enid_a
  156. 21 votes for Large Watercolor cityscape by katawampus
  157. 21 votes for Fragments of a Villlage - Yellow by monster_patterns
  158. 21 votes for Manny Flicks by cathleenbronsky
  159. 21 votes for (private design)
  160. 20 votes for KRLG--Sweet_Home_Chicago by karenspix
  161. 18 votes for Cityscape Watercolour by francine's_art
  162. 18 votes for Cityscapes around the world by b2b
  163. 18 votes for Watercolor tuktuk by zandloopster
  164. 17 votes for Watercolor brick wall by mnlva
  165. 17 votes for old_town_skyline_with__watecolor_2 by isabella_asratyan
  166. 17 votes for city_scape by paint_box_girl_
  167. 17 votes for Lisbon bridge by asteride
  168. 17 votes for CLE_vintage2 by contented_studios
  169. 17 votes for London Circle Line by thewellingtonboot
  170. 17 votes for (private design)
  171. 16 votes for TREES_NOBORDER by zrotoni
  172. 15 votes for 20170429_230315 by jaxabbydesigns
  173. 15 votes for MagicEye1 by sonicribbon
  174. 14 votes for City Attractions - Seattle Washington by whyitsme_design
  175. 14 votes for PATRON_CONCURSO by paulaamolinao
  176. 13 votes for cityscape; shipping container graffiti by kae50
  177. 13 votes for Clouds by hellobnatural
  178. 13 votes for Welcome to Miami! by catherine's_colors
  179. 12 votes for 7 by effieniu
  180. 12 votes for Denver Colorado ©️GargoyleSentry by gargoylesentry
  181. 12 votes for Rocky Coast Stripe - Maine love by shelbyrf
  182. 11 votes for seattle by raining54
  183. 11 votes for Springfield, Missouri by mikelkate
  184. 11 votes for IMG_0687 by sandi_k
  185. 11 votes for city by mayayogev
  186. 10 votes for Nightscape Kaleidoscope by kateluxionart
  187. 9 votes for Watercolor_Highland_Park_4_19_2017 by compugraphd
  188. 9 votes for Art Museum by dalabuda
  189. 9 votes for Baltimore Inner Harbor Fountains by haimster
  190. 8 votes for newimage by kokila_kumaraguru
  191. 8 votes for yellow-01 by aspenkomski
  192. 8 votes for pineapple wave- vintage linen tropics 35 by drapestudio
  193. 8 votes for building_city2 by mimix
  194. 7 votes for whiteflowerflower_red by 257
  195. 7 votes for dallas_skyline by quizzicalkittydesigns
  196. 7 votes for St-Tite by papilloca_
  197. 6 votes for Keskustorivv26 by kardemumma
  198. 6 votes for City's Design by glendat
  199. 6 votes for Modern dimensional design -ed-ed-ed-ch by ann_e_alburn
  200. 5 votes for chase by pink_rose
  201. 5 votes for Rainy day by galina_bolshakova
  202. 4 votes for Ann Arbor Mi Maize and Blue Water Color by ekatrina
  203. 4 votes for peachy skyline and streets by daisy_jane
  204. 3 votes for Carpark by allypea
  205. 3 votes for Stockholm's Skyline by ströva
  206. 3 votes for Gateway To The West (St. Louis) by bent_line_designs
  207. 2 votes for PhotoEditor-1495174846763-ch by hs7782
  208. 2 votes for yellow_black_3 by m101tom
  209. 0 votes for I_am_light by pla_art_design

Cityscapes Skillshare Whimsical Watercolor Details

  • The deadline for entries is Tuesday, May 23, 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

  • 04/11/2017: Submissions open
  • 05/23/2017: Submissions close at 3pm EDT
  • 05/25/2017: Public voting opens
  • 05/30/2017: Public voting ends at 3pm EDT
  • 06/01/2017: Spoonflower will announce the winner

Active Challenges

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2023 Calendar Wall Hangings

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Submissions close September 27 at 3 p.m. EDT,
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Recipe Wall Hangings

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Unexpected Still Life Wall Hangings

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Dad Jokes Wall Hangings

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