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We think this week’s theme is spot on! Also referred to as dot art, pointillism is a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image. Use your favorite medium to create a repeating pointillistic design that will fool the eye.


Overview

What do you get when you combine the harvest season, sushi that’s just too cute to eat and an artistic technique that’s spot on? The September design challenge themes, of course! This month’s themes will require you to pull out your design toolbox and show us how you celebrate the season! Are you ready for the challenge?

Prizes

  • 1 first place winner each week will receive a $200 Spoonflower credit.
  • The 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 25 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 10

The full list of entries and votes

  1. 342 votes for Passion Flowers {Indigo} by ceciliamok
  2. 338 votes for Dragonfly dotted damask by beesocks
  3. 314 votes for Nest by elena_naylor
  4. 289 votes for Lily Pond by erijoyjoy
  5. 275 votes for Midwestern Modern Fall Floral Pointillism by actuallycharming
  6. 271 votes for Sparrows by susan_polston
  7. 247 votes for Floral Point by sevas
  8. 224 votes for Pointillism Seahorse by adenaj
  9. 221 votes for Rainbow Horses by hollybender
  10. 205 votes for Blue dot art butterflies by marta_strausa
  11. 203 votes for Parrots & Dots by lisahilda
  12. 200 votes for POINTILLIST JUNGLE SAVANNAH SUNSET TREES by paysmage
  13. 193 votes for Bubbles Dots by les_ephelides_design
  14. 189 votes for Dotdotdot by tanteplotta
  15. 187 votes for pointillism by gaiamarfurt
  16. 187 votes for Watercolor_Floral_Pointillism by wolfandrabbitfabrics
  17. 182 votes for Abduction! by electrogiraffe
  18. 180 votes for (private design)
  19. 172 votes for Cheetahs on Lavender by chris_jorge
  20. 171 votes for 06720833 © pointless pointillism pastels by sef
  21. 171 votes for Feathers in dots by lauraflorencedesign
  22. 170 votes for Pointillism_Birds by svetlana_kononova
  23. 163 votes for Pointillist Lens by elramsay
  24. 160 votes for geometric_pineapple_pointillism by mrsmarty
  25. 158 votes for Purple Berries by artfully_minded
  26. 150 votes for Dotted Dinner by katerhees
  27. 146 votes for Summer Buddleia by lucysconway
  28. 146 votes for Pointillist Honeycomb by thewellingtonboot
  29. 145 votes for jellyfish by analinea
  30. 145 votes for mushroom_stippled_swatch_bigger_upload by ajunebug
  31. 143 votes for spotted dotted under water by lilalunis
  32. 141 votes for Berry Bears - Snow in the Winter Forest by Minikuosi by minikuosi
  33. 139 votes for pointalism_bees_n_blooms by elise_marie_textiles
  34. 135 votes for Pointillism_Floral by greenmountainfabric
  35. 132 votes for Dotted Points Geometric by mariafaithgarcia
  36. 130 votes for (private design)
  37. 124 votes for Floral Abundance Pointillism by jaylinn
  38. 122 votes for A drop in the ocean by katybobsyouraunty
  39. 121 votes for pointillist penguins by lfntextiles
  40. 121 votes for (private design)
  41. 121 votes for Pointillism by ixpule
  42. 117 votes for Birthday_Mermaid by tastili
  43. 115 votes for Pointalism_huge_leaves by house_of_heasman
  44. 114 votes for pointillism paisley boho red by ginger&cardamôme
  45. 114 votes for Paw-tillism by arwen_and_moose
  46. 114 votes for (private design)
  47. 111 votes for Pointillism Trellis by angelastevens
  48. 110 votes for Winter Pointillism Poinsettias by robyriker
  49. 109 votes for Pointillism mandala | Brown, red and green by camcreative
  50. 108 votes for Pointillisms in the Pink Garden by bloomingwyldeiris
  51. 108 votes for purple pointillism by annaostapowiczkulczycka
  52. 108 votes for Pointillist halftoned fishes by natalia_gonzalez
  53. 107 votes for Pointillism: Night city and starry sky by mamagiraffe
  54. 104 votes for Dotty's Green Mosaic Garden by edsel2084
  55. 103 votes for Pointillism retro birds by lucybaribeau
  56. 103 votes for (private design)
  57. 103 votes for Celestial Compass Points the Way by rhondadesigns
  58. 103 votes for Lanterns On Point by hnldesigns
  59. 102 votes for tropical pointillism by laura_may_designs
  60. 102 votes for dot_design-01 by geetanjali
  61. 96 votes for Cascading Flowers - © Lucinda Wei by lucindawei
  62. 95 votes for the bears and the bees - pointillism plus by designed_by_debby
  63. 93 votes for pointillism_in_lemons by anino
  64. 90 votes for Pointillism Fish red blue yellow orange on a black multicolored bright background in polka dot by ekaterinap
  65. 90 votes for Spirals by callalilybeauty
  66. 89 votes for Pointillism_Fruit by lprspr
  67. 89 votes for pointillism blues by arrpdesign
  68. 88 votes for Pointillistic Paisley by pinky_wittingslow
  69. 84 votes for Show Some Chicken Luv by franbail
  70. 84 votes for Quilted Autumn Maple Tree POINTILLISM by zsmama
  71. 84 votes for Luscious Lips In Pink Purple Orange by theartofvikki
  72. 83 votes for Peacock Mandala by magnoliaheatherart
  73. 81 votes for Fascination by stacystudios
  74. 81 votes for blue_tulip by katawampus
  75. 81 votes for PointilismPanda by birgi
  76. 79 votes for MAJA_BIGdots by maja_a
  77. 78 votes for Starry Mandala by cynthiafrenette
  78. 77 votes for Delicate feather_pattern by magic_pencil
  79. 76 votes for Petallism by mariaspeyer
  80. 76 votes for Waves of imagination-pointillism by dragonflyfae
  81. 76 votes for Cherry Pointillism by hollykz
  82. 75 votes for Corgi-BlueBackground by saracaro
  83. 75 votes for point_cubes by belana
  84. 74 votes for Mod Dots Pointillism - Magenta by run_quiltgirl_run
  85. 74 votes for sunflower pointillism dark by elizabethmay
  86. 72 votes for Fox & Rabbit Watercolor by pond_ripple
  87. 71 votes for Butterfly_Pointilism by katiemariegilbert
  88. 71 votes for Point Fish by orangefancy
  89. 70 votes for We are all Connected by scarlette_soleil
  90. 69 votes for Train Station by francine's_art
  91. 67 votes for point2 by cherju
  92. 67 votes for Sandy Beaches by lburleighdesigns
  93. 67 votes for clouds and raindots by babysisterrae
  94. 66 votes for (private design)
  95. 66 votes for Dotty for Deco by j9design
  96. 65 votes for Appaloosa by appaloosa_designs
  97. 64 votes for Mama Manatee and Baby! by gargoylesentry
  98. 64 votes for Lost in the Forest by heatherhightdesign
  99. 63 votes for dotty_susans by ae_fresia
  100. 63 votes for Autumn Bears by boissindesign
  101. 63 votes for ancient keys by angela_sbandelli
  102. 63 votes for Dotty Fish by acheartist
  103. 62 votes for Pointillism Wattle by janetdrummond
  104. 62 votes for Cockatiels - Pointillism by owlandchickadee
  105. 61 votes for Tempo by kelsosullivan
  106. 60 votes for Umbrella Droplets by destructogirl
  107. 60 votes for Summer by purva_m
  108. 59 votes for flora aurora by cloudcat
  109. 59 votes for pointillism eye guy monster, large scale, green turquoise teal emerald by amy_g
  110. 58 votes for armandillo by ipek
  111. 58 votes for Flowers - Pointillism by linsart
  112. 58 votes for pointilize by pixabo
  113. 57 votes for candy by anegnoro
  114. 57 votes for Point This Way and That by seesawboomerang
  115. 57 votes for Goldfinches on Wild Grapes (skyblue) by helenpdesigns
  116. 56 votes for Raspberry Shake by Friztin by friztin
  117. 55 votes for Eclipse of the Deco by twilfley
  118. 55 votes for Painted Blossoms by palusalu
  119. 53 votes for Pointillism Petals by floramoon
  120. 53 votes for A Cat Is Watching! by anniedeb
  121. 52 votes for Belle_and_the_Prince by silmaja
  122. 52 votes for Autumn Harvest (Stippling) by ileneavery
  123. 52 votes for Galápagos Penguins grayish blue tiny by colorofmagic
  124. 52 votes for Lorikeet_Madness by artonfabric
  125. 51 votes for sandy aqua pointillism-01 by dk_designs
  126. 51 votes for vintage floral - cerulean blue, large by studiojenny
  127. 51 votes for Sun Butter Pointillism - M Lezine by marcella_lezine
  128. 50 votes for declension by hypersphere
  129. 50 votes for Eye of the Beholder by swissacake
  130. 50 votes for pointed houses by doloube
  131. 49 votes for Swany by sarahjanke
  132. 49 votes for Peonies & Spruce by copperspruce
  133. 49 votes for Principles of Pointillism Cookies by colour_angel_by_kv
  134. 47 votes for rainbowpolka by lucykatedesign
  135. 47 votes for Pointillism Flowers by marykathrynryan
  136. 46 votes for Mermaid Point by sburke313
  137. 45 votes for Which Came First? by anneostroff
  138. 44 votes for my_apple_dots6 by snarets
  139. 44 votes for Little Blue Penguins & Kelp by plumbilly
  140. 43 votes for Hazel Eyes by sweetkdesigngallery
  141. 43 votes for Yellow Mimosa by vannina
  142. 43 votes for Fancy Pointy Skulls by everhigh
  143. 42 votes for Elephants on tie dye by zandloopster
  144. 42 votes for Sea-ing the Point by seaweedandpinestudio
  145. 40 votes for pointilized_daylily_2 by leroyj
  146. 40 votes for bows_art by kate's_prints
  147. 40 votes for Pearls by sveta_aho
  148. 39 votes for Blue and green ink strokes by kira_culufin
  149. 39 votes for Pointillism - Hawaiian Geckos and Flowers in the Tropical Forest by kedoki
  150. 39 votes for Purple Haze vertical by tessica
  151. 39 votes for 2017_09_06_21_26_17 by tyler17
  152. 38 votes for orchid flowers by ekpdesign
  153. 38 votes for Snow Day by anda
  154. 38 votes for Three ring dots by Su_G_©SuSchaefer by su_g
  155. 37 votes for African night by dariara
  156. 37 votes for Paws_design by kiaram26
  157. 36 votes for Spotty Garden by jadegordon
  158. 36 votes for Large Horse-race-Naadam by jjdesignwithlove
  159. 36 votes for Swimming in a Kelp Forest by wickedrefined
  160. 36 votes for Indian Paintbrush in Dots by micaela_cimino
  161. 35 votes for image by katushadesigns
  162. 35 votes for (private design)
  163. 35 votes for Dotty Flowers by dejareve
  164. 35 votes for Owls on Birdwatch sewindigo by sewindigo
  165. 34 votes for Color of Joy by sudir
  166. 34 votes for psychedelic_spiral_designs_12 by southernfabricdiva
  167. 34 votes for (private design)
  168. 34 votes for point by felt by fuzzyslowmo
  169. 33 votes for peacock pointillism art : medium size by y_me_it's_me
  170. 33 votes for Mountain Bike Tracks Plaid by krystalsavage
  171. 32 votes for spoonflower_pointilism_jellyfish by bluemoon_hk
  172. 31 votes for Pointillist Summer by frances_peel_designs
  173. 31 votes for skullspinecone by staceysherman
  174. 31 votes for image_6320-ed by saiska_
  175. 31 votes for Pointillism Mama and Baby Giraffe by slistingstoday
  176. 30 votes for Pretty little ladybugs by rcmzstudio
  177. 29 votes for Dotty Kitties by ally_the_junebug
  178. 29 votes for Tiger, Tiger Shining Bright: Small Scale by lisakling
  179. 28 votes for Butterfly_style_pointillism by tais_créatrice
  180. 28 votes for Pontillism Plaid by sherry-savannah
  181. 28 votes for Fall Pumpkin Spice Latte & doughnuts by magentarosedesigns
  182. 27 votes for pointillisem-tile by karinee
  183. 27 votes for Spot On boat by female_farmer
  184. 26 votes for dot art love by juniper_valley
  185. 26 votes for Pointal_Leaves by gcatmash
  186. 26 votes for Pumpkin Vines by kate's_kwilt_studio
  187. 26 votes for Snowflake Pointillism Blue, Teal by palifino
  188. 25 votes for Bursting Into Bloom / Australian Wattle flowers festival lights Christmas light bulbs festive by mountvicandme
  189. 25 votes for sunset over the mountains by casey_belle_
  190. 25 votes for disco ball beetle by desertfable
  191. 25 votes for Hearts and Loves by meowandcraft
  192. 24 votes for Lilly Point by azureimagestudio
  193. 22 votes for Colourful Circle Pattern by cathywong_elegantdesign
  194. 22 votes for waves by maria_in_wonderland
  195. 21 votes for Pussies and Pansies by enid_a
  196. 21 votes for On Point by garren
  197. 21 votes for outinthefieldslastfall by scifiwritir
  198. 20 votes for Unicorn Bubbles 21_x_18 by feralartist
  199. 19 votes for sunflower by norachan
  200. 19 votes for Pointillized Rainbow Hearts by shortcake_studio
  201. 19 votes for Roses by svaeth
  202. 19 votes for Subtle Fall by charldia
  203. 18 votes for dot by threadstuff
  204. 18 votes for (private design)
  205. 18 votes for Pointillism Critters by whimsicalvigilante
  206. 18 votes for Peace by lucielou
  207. 18 votes for (private design)
  208. 17 votes for Dots and Triangles : Pointillism shark geometric pattern by moana_matron_designs
  209. 17 votes for Bouquets & Butterflies by b2b
  210. 16 votes for Hummingbird_Meadow_-ed by vickiejofranks
  211. 15 votes for nightglownautilus by serenity_ii
  212. 14 votes for To the point by brigit_murray
  213. 14 votes for Frogs and Flowers by madrona_tree
  214. 13 votes for inverted by graceandmanners
  215. 12 votes for Pointillism Butterfly by graphicglee
  216. 12 votes for Sahara Sunrise by hot_office
  217. 12 votes for Baroque Pointillism by jillmichelle
  218. 12 votes for 36EADD3E-D784-4897-B885-6B2B2F70FFA7 by quest
  219. 12 votes for PointyPosey by grannynan
  220. 12 votes for IMG_7167 by loveme57
  221. 11 votes for Pocket Full of Posies by stephaniecolecreations
  222. 11 votes for Alien Blob by cathiedesigns
  223. 10 votes for GIRL 2 by cunninghamchristine
  224. 10 votes for Penis Tank Tiny Dicks Sex War - Nude - Intense Sexual Easy Cozy Light Smooth Sweet Happy Wet Love Married Couple Jiggy-jig Cock Boyfriend Girlfriend Design by hotdikkity
  225. 10 votes for On Point Snowman by bent_line_designs
  226. 10 votes for dottedmermaids by sigs_creations
  227. 10 votes for fally_Spring by spicerroots
  228. 10 votes for Black Bison With Medicine Wheels by linda_baysinger_peck
  229. 10 votes for fab_pointalism by watercolorman
  230. 9 votes for Soliloquy i by nymphaeastudio
  231. 9 votes for Earth_9_2_2017 by compugraphd
  232. 9 votes for Flor de Cempasúchil by gabrielacm
  233. 7 votes for pointillism framed maple leaf-brn/green/peach by kae50
  234. 7 votes for Yellow and Orange Triangles by zmarksthespot
  235. 7 votes for Pointillism_Rose_pattern_v2-3v4 by llanyia
  236. 7 votes for Hibiscus High by nan47
  237. 7 votes for Psychedelic Flowers_Yellow_Halftone2 by craftscrazy
  238. 7 votes for 13659080_10205583799989076_7117694033666058213_n__2_ by crystality
  239. 6 votes for Anansi in Orange by twigsandblossoms
  240. 6 votes for dots in green and rose by sewingfever
  241. 5 votes for dvc by rastafaeri
  242. 5 votes for b4b3b79b-4079-4aa8-ba9c-563dc4a2bbb4 by cookiewheats
  243. 4 votes for Kim_Trails_Fabrics_BlueBear by kim_trails
  244. 4 votes for Death Star 2017 by 1950sgirl
  245. 3 votes for Color Fusion-ed-ch-ch by artist_at_work
  246. 3 votes for Brake Light by pamela_pali
  247. 3 votes for (private design)
  248. 3 votes for IMG_1243 by elanasigal
  249. 2 votes for A_Pointillism_b_ by maryjanndesigns
  250. 1 votes for 11ae4996-50fb-4b55-b508-ec5e71d398fa-ed by cglick

Pointillism Details

  • The deadline for entries is Tuesday, September 19, 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.
  • 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

  • 08/04/2017: Submissions open
  • 09/19/2017: Submissions close at 3pm EDT
  • 09/21/2017: Public voting opens
  • 09/26/2017: Public voting ends at 3pm EDT
  • 09/28/2017: Spoonflower will announce the winner

Active Challenges

Funny Valentine

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Favorite Things

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

Pantone Color of the Year 2023: ‘Viva Magenta’

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Submissions close December 20 at 3 p.m. EST,
Voting begins December 22

Cross Stitch

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Submissions close January 3 at 3 p.m. EST,
Voting begins January 5

Poisonous Plants

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Submissions close January 10 at 3 p.m. EST,
Voting begins January 12

Year of the Rabbit

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Submissions close January 17 at 3 p.m. EST,
Voting begins January 19

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