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4 Steps to Designing Digital Wallpaper + Free Monthly Download

Last year in April, I started making free monthly desktop and mobile phone wallpapers every month until the end of the year. I started this year undecided if I'd continue monthly wallpapers. But I realized I missed making these for you, so I thought I'd make one for March.

You'll have to excuse the random monstera theme as it was something I happened to paint and thought they would make a nice digital wallpaper. In fact, in order to keep this design process sustainable for me, I'll probably be making wallpapers out of watercolor paintings that I have already painted for fun or for projects. Hopefully there are no objections to me repurposing my own work ;)!

I also wanted to share a basic breakdown for the steps I take when designing these wallpapers. Maybe you're curious or are looking for a basic workflow in order to design some for yourself. In any case, I hope you find it helpful!

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September: Free Monthly Wallpapers

Here we are. Hello, September! August was a blur, did you have a busy month too? I never used to reflect on what happened in the past in order to help continue setting goals for the future, but recently I've been doing more of this. I think it is in part due to this planner that I've been using more lately. It was gifted to my by a friend and it took me the better part of this year to figure out how to make it part of my daily workflow, but now I love it.

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August: Free Monthly Wallpapers

Our 2nd wedding anniversary is this month and knowing us, we will probably be completely happy celebrating by making sure that neither of us is getting each other a gift and having a low-key dinner somewhere. 

It’s funny because both of us grew up in households that weren’t big into celebrating occasions. Birthdays, anniversaries and even holidays were always, and still are, quite low key. It makes it easy for us and so much less stressful. I’m going to say on behalf of both of us that we’re thankful that we have the same style of non-celebration. But now that I’ve written it out like that, it just makes us seem strange and boring. But at the end of the day we know the love is there! And that’s all that matters, right?

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July: Free Monthly Wallpapers

It’s July 1st and the halfway point of the year - did you see that coming?  We have another half year ahead of us and I'm pretty sure, like me, you have many more goals you are looking forward to accomplishing before 2018. 

Sometimes though, I think we spend so much time looking ahead that we forget to reflect on all the good things that have already happened or even forget to live in the present.  I find that the idea of practicing daily gratitude is way to reflect and remind yourself of all the good things that are happening everyday.

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May: Free Monthly Wallpapers

And just like that, it’s May.  Which means the free monthly wallpaper is available!  I have got to stop being amazed at how fast time goes, because it never slows down.  But honestly, I feel like I blinked and April was almost over! If you’ve been following along on instagram, you probably know I started this 100 day project in April where I create a watercolor piece everyday for 100 days.  If that’s the case, you’ll recognize this abstract floral. It looked very May-ish to me, so I digitized it for this month’s desktop and phone wallpaper.

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Keep Going

It’s been years since I first heard Ira Glass talk about creativity in his interview on the art of storytelling and for some reason it’s been on my mind lately and I wanted to share it here. Perhaps it’s also because I just finished listening to S-Town (for which Ira Glass is the Editorial Advisor so I kept hearing his name on the episode credits).

Nobody tells people who are beginners — and I really wish somebody had told this to me — is that all of us who do creative work … we get into it because we have good taste. But it’s like there’s a gap, that for the first couple years that you’re making stuff, what you’re making isn’t so good, OK? It’s not that great. It’s really not that great. It’s trying to be good, it has ambition to be good, but it’s not quite that good. But your taste — the thing that got you into the game — your taste is still killer, and your taste is good enough that you can tell that what you’re making is kind of a disappointment to you, you know what I mean?

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April: Free Monthly Wallpapers

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, then you’ll recognize these watercolor sage leaves I painted a little while back! I finally digitized them and turned them into desktop and mobile wallpapers for you to download and use this month. 

Changing my desktop wallpaper every month forces me clean up all those stray icons and files that tend to accumulate over time. It’s nice to start the new month with a clean desktop, isn’t it? I also have this thing with calendars. Sometimes they are helpful, but other times I just don’t want all those extra numbers in my face. So, I made a version without a calendar that’s just a background for anytime you want some sage leaves in your life.

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