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While your repeating design may take a bit longer to design than a traditional paint-by-numbers kit, it should capture the iconic styles found in the beginner-friendly technique: full opacity, crisp solid line work, clearly defined areas of color and a simplified take on your subject matter.


Overview

Are you ready for a blast from the past? First invented in 1950, paint-by-numbers kits took the arts-and-crafts industry by storm when they guaranteed a masterpiece even on your first attempt! Please remember to color your design in fully and leave the black and white only designs for our coloring book challenges!

Prizes

  • 1st place winner will receive a $200 Spoonflower credit.
  • 2nd place winner will receive a $100 Spoonflower credit.
  • 3rd place winner will receive a $50 Spoonflower credit.
  • Remaining top 10 designs will receive a $20 Spoonflower credit.
  • The top 50 popularly-voted designs from each 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.

The Winner

The rest of the Top 65

(private design)
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Paint By Numbers Details

  • The deadline for entries is Tuesday, May 28, 2019 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 50 winning 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

  • 05/03/2019: Submissions open
  • 05/28/2019: Submissions close at 3pm EDT
  • 05/30/2019: Public voting opens
  • 06/04/2019: Public voting ends at 3pm EDT to determine top 25 entries
  • 06/06/2019: Spoonflower will announce the winner

Active Challenges

Aromatherapy Design Challenge

Aromatherapy

Vote Now

Winners to be announced July 9

Brightly-Colored Reptiles Design Challenge

Brightly-Colored Reptiles

See the Challenge

Submissions close July 7 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins July 9

Day at the Lake Design Challenge

Day at the Lake

See the Challenge

Submissions close July 14 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins July 16

Tropical Surrealism Wallpaper Design Challenge

Tropical Surrealism Wallpaper

See the Challenge

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

Sports & Leisure Design Challenge

Sports & Leisure

See the Challenge

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

Small-Scale Tools of the Trade Design Challange

Small-Scale Tools of the Trade

See the Challenge

Submissions close August 4 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins August 6

Current Challenge Past Challenges