Introducing the Lake & Spoonflower Design Challenge

OCT 13, 2017

Remember the hours you spent as a kid (or still do as an adult!) coloring the black and white pages of your favorite coloring books? During July’s Design Challenge, we’re reversing the roles and challenging you to create an inspiring coloring book page to be featured on the app we can’t stop buzzing about, Lake Coloring. Before you start designing, get to know more about one of 2017’s Apple Design Award winners and find out what makes a picture-perfect coloring page. Oh and don’t forget, the deadline to submit your entry is 3 p.m. EDT on July 24, 2018  

Nina Stajner’s cuddly woodland characters are turned into a Lake coloring page!

Lake is a coloring app for iPad and iPhone that helps you de-stress through creativity. It comes with an ever-growing collection of coloring books from Instagram popular artists, offered exclusively on Lake. Right now there are 36 artists offering over 500 beautiful drawings, and there is something for everyone’s taste! Each coloring book includes 12 beautiful illustrations, a custom color palette, and endless coloring possibilities. Just as with Spoonflower, when you make a purchase on Lake, you support artists directly!

Don’t miss the exclusive (and free!) Spoonflower pack featuring the top design challenge entries, coming to Lake August 23, 2018.

Coloring book design by Victoria Johnson

What’s inside the Spoonflower pack on Lake? 

The top 8 designs in the Lake & Spoonflower Black and White Coloring Book design challenge, selected by Lake from the popularly voted top 25, will be available in the Spoonflower pack on the Lake app August 23. After creating a masterpiece with Lake’s custom coloring tools, colorists will be able to upload their coloring book page (from the Spoonflower pack only) directly to Spoonflower and order on fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap! Designers included in the Spoonflower pack will receive up to 15% designer commission when their design is ordered.

How to create a coloring book inspired design! 



  • Coloring book designs should only use black lines on a white background.
  • The suggested* repeat size for a coloring book design is 14.6” wide x 22” tall (2200 x 3300 pixels)
  • Files submitted to Lake need to be saves as a png
*The Lake team will work with the winning designers to ensure the scale of each design is suitable for the app!

Grand Prize

One Grand Prize Winner, chosen from the popularly voted top 25 by Lake, will receive $200 in Spoondollars, 1 year Lake subscription (valued at $59.99). The winner will also receive additional exposure in our email newsletters, professional photography of their printed designs, and social media mentions. 

Second Place

The 2nd place winner, chosen from the popularly voted top 25 by Lake, will receive $100 in Spoondollars and 1 year Lake subscription (valued at $59.99). 

Third Place

The 3rd place winner, chosen from the popularly voted top 25 by Lake, will receive $50 in Spoondollars and 1 year Lake subscription (valued at $59.99).  

The rest of the top 10

4th through 10th place winners, chosen from the popularly voted top 25 by Lake, will receive $20 in Spoondollars and 1 month Lake subscription (valued at $7.99).

The entire top 10

The top 10 designs from this week’s challenge will be included in a special Spoonflower coloring pack on the Lake coloring app!*

All of the top 25

Each of the top 25 entries, determined as set forth above, not receiving one of the forementioned prizes will be automatically proofed for sale in the Spoonflower Marketplace (approximately a $5 value) (the “Runner Up Prize”) if winners are verified sellers.

*If a colorist chooses to purchase their finished coloring book page on Spoonflower products, the original designer will receive up to 15% commission. Only the original designer (top 10 winner) will be able to make the design available for sale in their Spoonflower shop. Colorist uploaded versions will not be eligible for the Marketplace and will not receive a 10% designer discount.

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  • I keep trying to upload my work. I have done it exactly to the measurements specified, but once uploaded on the preview screen it is completely cut off. I have tried making the image a lot smaller (as you previously suggested in an above comment) but it does not change the preview image. Are you adjusting the entries to be properly visible for voting?

    • Kathy Howard

      When you change the dpi you have to ‘save this layout” . I hope you got help from Spoonflower for this.

  • Will the voting public be viewing the designs in portrait or landscape? Also, does Lake use just a portrait layout or do they also use landscape?


    • Hi Fern,
      Designs for this challenge will be previewed as a 21″ x 18″ fat quarter. Lake features portrait designs but you are not required to submit a vertical design. Lake will work directly with the winners to ensure their design is suitable for their app.

  • Submissions ask for 2:3 portrait format but the display box for the comp is in landscape so designs do not display well!

    • Hi Helen,

      The suggested repeat size for a coloring book design is 14.6” x 22” (2200 x 3300 pixels) and designs will be previewed on a fat quarter (21″ x 18″). If you’re concerned with your design displaying correctly for voting, you can make your design smaller. Lake will be working with the winners to ensure their design displays correctly for their app!

      • I’ve made the design smaller, much smaller, it still displays exactly the same in the competition entry view box with the top part cut off! I used 2200×3300 pixels in the original. The designs for this one really should be displayed in a box with ratio of 2:3. Try it yourself, upload a 2:3 image make it as small as you like and the top and bottom still get chopped off!

        • Hi Gracie,
          Thanks for your feedback! At this time we’re unable to adjust the preview for this challenge but you can update the scale of your entry by selecting the “edit entry” option in the drop-down menu.

  • This sounds great! Could you clarify if the design needs to be a repeat tile or just a placement image?

    I’m asking because you say that the pages be able to be uploaded to print on fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap, but it’s not clear. Thank you!

    • Hi Pip,
      Great question! Entries will be previewed at the fat quarter size, 21″ x 18″, and should be a repeating pattern. Lake will work directly with the winners to ensure their design is suitable for their app!

  • Hi I got a email to enter a drawing competition, I’ve never heard of you guys but I would like to join, but I have no clue how I don’t know where to sign up, do you have a app I can sign up on, please help