Create a Desktop Calendar/Wallpaper using a Pattern

Mel Armstrong, Illustrator, Pattern Addict & Teacher

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9 Videos (47m)
    • Hello!

    • Finding Inspiration

    • Display Resolutions

    • Adobe Illustrator Templates

    • Pattern Creation

    • Design your Calendar

    • Apply your design to templates

    • Share it with the world

    • Wrap up!


About This Class


Each month I get hundreds of visitors to my website to download my monthly calendar.  It's free and it's a great way of building a following and getting your work seen.  Some of my calendar designs have gone on to be licensed on products such as gift wrap and greeting cards.

In this class I’m going to show you how to create a desktop calendar/wallpaper in Adobe Illustrator using a surface pattern design.

Some of the topics you’ll learn about include…

  • Finding Inspiration - discover ways to find inspiration & build a mood board for your calendar design.
  • Display Resolutions - learn about the different screen resolutions for computers and devices (phones/tablets)
  • Illustrator Templates - learn how to create templates for different desktop sizes and devices such as tablets & phones
  • Pattern Design - learn how to apply a simple pattern to your wallpaper design
  • Calendar Design - learn how to design your calendar with your pattern
  • Share it with the world - Learn how to create a blog post and allow visitors to download your calendar.  (Includes a free mockup)


  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop (optional)
  • Website blog (optional)

22 of 23 students recommendSee All

Lovely class! I just wished there was a tutorial or an instruction to how to make the calendar on Photoshop, as I'm a bigginer level
Karina Sayo

engineer, craftsy and artist

Excellent class
Wonderful class. If found many useful things I didn't know. Thank you!





Mel Armstrong

Illustrator, Pattern Addict & Teacher


Art Licensing for Surface Pattern Designers

After posting a discussion about what to teach next, this is what 99% of you voted.  Art Licensing! Launching at the end of June, I'm going to be taking you through a number of tips for getting your surface designs licensed.  I'll even help you put together a pattern collection specifically for your dream client.  

Launching 29th June 2018


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