Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: April 2012


We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork. And as designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration. As a matter of fact, we’ve discovered the best one — desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd. This creativity mission has been going on for over four years now, and we are very thankful to all designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing each month.

We continue to nourish you with a monthly spoon of inspiration. This post features free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for April 2012. Both versions with a calendar and without a calendar can be downloaded for free. It’s time to freshen up your wallpaper!

Please note that:

  • All images can be clicked on and lead to the preview of the wallpaper,
  • You can feature your work in our magazine1 by taking part in our Desktop Wallpaper Calendar series. We are regularly looking for creative designers and artists to be featured on Smashing Magazine. Are you one of them?

Noisy Neighbors

Designed by Katerina Bobkova2 from Ukraine.

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Bird Songs

"”Spring would not be spring without bird songs.” – Francis M. Chapman." Designed by Raymond Lopez19 from USA.

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Bear On The Moon

Designed by Oxana Kostromina27 from Germany/Russia.

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Retro Light Wall

Designed by Marian Cepa50 from Slovakia.

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Happy In April

"Here’s to a cheery-even-when-it’s-raining kind of April!" Designed by Candace Jones63 from USA.

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The Heart Sees What Is Invisible To The Eye

"What your sees and what your heart feels may not be same.The heart sees things more clearly than the eye. Best Example is feeling of love which can be feel and can never be seen. In Love, you will see what your heart wants you to see, to feel, to make you happy which an eye can’t see." Designed by Harshi Shah from India.

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Who’s The Fool

Designed by Julia Factor from Israel.

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Tidy Desktop

"Spring time, cleaning time! Here’s a simple and clean calendar to help you keep your desktop nice and tidy." Designed by Axura118 from Italy.

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Scrap April

"April is a month of love,dates and flowers." Designed by Irur137 from Ukraine.

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"There are 48 more clowns in this picture. Find them all." Designed by Cheloveche.ru154 from Russia.

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Vintage Times

Designed by Pietje Precies169 from The Netherlands.

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The Big Burn

"Indoor Tanning is more risky than you think! It’s true! Before you go back to the tanning bed, get the real facts from real sources. Find out why youth are more at risk and discover the burning truth about indoor tanning." Designed by Zgm186 from Canada.

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Jean-cloud Van Damme

"Hope that this little cloud will make you laugh. Happy Fools’ Day everybody)." Designed by Marika Smirnova From “oblako Studio”199 from Russia.

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Busy April

"This wallpaper based on idea of Estonian folk tale. We want to believe we are very busy nation and that is our goal to be the best in everything :-)Springmonth is a good start to change life more active and busy. Of course there are little detail focused on Easter Holiday, too." Designed by Anne Pikkov220 from Estonia.

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Graceful Descent

"Ahh, the warm, fat raindrops of Spring, gently floating to Earth. Don’t they look happy?" Designed by Matt Mink231 from USA.

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Cherry Blossom

"The photo was taken in Toronto High Park in 2011." Designed by Tetyana Kovyrina250 from Canada.

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Always In Spring

"Color and optimism for everyone this spring." Designed by Destaca Imagen264 from Spain.

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Spring Up !

"Energy-efficient wallpaper." Designed by Anna Pochodaj285 from Poland.

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Dyed Easter Eggs

"Colored Easter Eggs were a really special part of my family’s Easter traditions. The eggs symbolize new life offered by Jesus’ death and resurrection on Easter." Designed by Evan Chiu298 from Cincinnati, OH, USA.

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"April light is coming…" Designed by Dennis Nielsen315 from DK.

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Sky Buster

"Get ready to lift you mood and get some new energy!" Designed by Pixeltoxhtml Team330 from India.

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Funny Bunny

"Our funny bunny takes a look at the giant carrot in shape of an easter egg." Designed by Adconcept Werbeagentur Gmbh349 from Germany.

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Fools Month

"Really liked this quote from Mark Twain, so wanted to design something around fools day on the first of the month." Designed by Martin Lucas366 from UK.

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Spring Invasion

"Spring is here and you can’t hide! Just beware of viruses ‘cause you don’t want to stay inside on such a beautiful day." Designed by Nose Invaders397 from Sweden.

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Life Is Beautiful

Designed by Christine Bradway414 from USA.

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Skate Boarding Into April

"Brownie Bunny wishes all a blast into the 2nd quarter of the year! Stay cool, cute and green! =)." Designed by Lew Su-ann431 from Brunei Darussalam.

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Along Came A Spider

Designed by Octavo Designs460 from USA.

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There’s No You In I

"There’s No You In I wallpaper typography, helvetica, minimal." Designed by Dan Ciobanu485 from UK.

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Join In Next Month!

Please note that we respect and carefully consider the ideas and motivation behind each and every artist’s work. This is why we give all artists the full freedom to explore their creativity and express emotions and experience throughout their works. This is also why the themes of the wallpapers weren’t anyhow influenced by us, but rather designed from scratch by the artists themselves.

A big thank you to all designers for their participation. Join in next month500!

What’s Your Favourite?

What’s your favorite theme or wallpaper for this month? Please let us know in the comment section below.

Stay creative and keep on smashing!

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  1. 1

    I love Jean-Cloud Van Damme – funny, sweet, lovely art, nice background texture and minimalist without being boring, just what I like for my desktop :D

  2. 2

    Great selection, thanks!

  3. 3

    My fav is “Cherry Blossom:” It has just the right feel and colors for April. But yes, the “Jean-Cloud Van Damme” was clever and so well done.

    Great job, all! Thanks for this April gift.

  4. 4

    Chuffed that you selected my Fools Month wallpaper design – thank you!

  5. 5

    Really beautiful collection.

  6. 6

    Cherry Blossoms is now my background :)

  7. 7

    Love the vintage wallpaper!

  8. 8

    I like Fools Month. Nice colors, clean illustration, and a quote from a favorite author.

  9. 9

    These are the best wallpapers in a long time.

  10. 10

    Thanks the designers!

    I like the”Always in Spring, Graceful Descent and Fools Month”.

    Happy Fools Day, everyone!

  11. 11

    I love “Bear On The Moon” – Designed by Oxana Kostromina from Germany/Russia.

  12. 13

    Lovely designs… I placed “Dyed Easter Eggs” as my wallpaper. I kind of liked its style of putting the calendar and logo on right bottom corner.

    I also want to know about the licence of these as I am thinking to use few of these in a commercial web project. So, am I allowed to do that ? I can mention the name of creator in credits.


  13. 17

    Thank you :)

  14. 18

    “The Heart Sees What Is Invisible To The Eye” is now my desktop wallpaper. Thanks! :)

  15. 19

    The wallpaper designed by Irur from Ukraine was copied from the below url

    • 20

      Well, the shutterstock copyright information says “irur” – if that isn’t a very common name, I’d say that the wallpaper was submitted to smashing mag AND put up on shutterstock by the same person. But maybe it’s just me.

  16. 21

    Ahahaha, you got me as soon as I opened the site. Well played :D

  17. 22

    create more wallpapers that are not cartoons

  18. 23

    Just dropping my monthly note to thank the artists for their great works and SM for facilitating this! :)

  19. 24

    My fav is “Skate Boarding Into April” . all are awesome collection. thanks for post

  20. 25

    I love bird songs, vintage times and fool’s month. Also always in spring. Beautifully made.

  21. 26

    My favorite is Jean-cloud Van Damme, very funny. Colors could have been more spring like. Nevertheless I like this light designed wallpaper. Bravo !

  22. 27

    I also loved Cherry Blossom. I’m a sucker for all scenery/landscape wallpapers, and Spring is my favourite season, so thank you for this wonderful option! :o)

  23. 28

    Natalie Schulze

    April 2, 2012 3:34 pm

    I love the bird song one. Those colors look awesome on my desktop!

  24. 30

    This is the best selection in awhile. I love them all but my favorites are Scrap April, Always In Spring, and Graceful Descent.

  25. 31

    Great selection this month. Noisy Neighbors is my favorite. Thank you, Katerina!

  26. 32

    The Heart Sees What Is Invisible To The Eye is my favourite. I knew instantly it was going to be hard to beat for me. Just fun to look at :) GOOD JOB!

  27. 33

    Some really good ones this month :) Thanks!

  28. 34

    Amazing art work guys. Thank you. This truly shows how designing is evolving form typography to illustration.
    Great work

  29. 35

    Fools Month is my favourite – very well done!

  30. 36

    This month my favourite is “Graceful Descent”.
    Thank you SM for your beatiful “mission”.

  31. 37

    The Easter Egg wallpaper is lovely. Graceful Descent is great too.

  32. 38

    ‘There’s No You In I ‘ is nice

  33. 39

    I like Bear on the Moon! Sweety, beatiful, fabulous, mysterious!

  34. 41

    Tidy Desktop is the best! : )

  35. 42

    Happy In April is fantastic. Everyone at the office loves it. Sky Buster in 2nd!

  36. 43

    I went with Dyed Easter Eggs because of the colors. The rest were too juvenile or monochromatic. Here’s to next month.

  37. 44

    This month had a really awesome collection. Well done to all the designers!

    My favorite is “Sky Buster” – I absolutely love the work.
    Really brilliant!

  38. 45

    “Noisy Neighbors” is my favorite and this month’s wallpaper.

  39. 46

    Noisy Neighbors is so creepy and funny at the same time. Love the eyes.

  40. 47

    I normally pick one of the traditional calendar styles. But, the Dyed East Eggs reminded me of my childhood dying eggs out on the back desk with my family. I swear that picture could have been taken during 1 of those times. The picture really touched me! Thanks!!

  41. 48

    Graceful Descent and Dyed Easter Eggs are my favorites and will be the background this month!!!


  42. 49

    Noisy neighbors! LOLOL… THIS is my life…. I often have my window open in my office – and due to my “noisy neighbors” (especially one particular crow / vulture / albatross / condor / large bird creature…!), I have to jump up and close it when a client calls…sounds like I live in a forest somewhere…! -.- Love it! Thanks.

  43. 50

    Love Fools Month and Cherry Blossom. But Cherry Blossom has no 12800*800….

  44. 51

    The Heart Sees What Is Invisible To The Eye: 1.4. should be in red :)

  45. 52

    I’m the romantic type so my favorite one is the Vintage Times, love it!!!

  46. 53

    Cherry Blossom is so beautiful! What I’ve always looked for in a wallpaper! Please make a new version of this for the rest of the year!

  47. 54

    Vintage Time for my number one!

  48. 55

    Thanks a lot for the wonderfull wallpapers! I decided to take “Noisy neighbors” :-)
    This is just what I’m living right now with neighbours really hard to bear … I’m already looking like an angry owl… :-)
    The wallpaper raises a laugh in my face :-) Thanks a lot!!

  49. 56

    this is the best collection so far, thank you for all the designers. putting these in rotation because they are just so pretty and cute!

  50. 57

    I love ” Happy in April”

  51. 58

    Where are the clowns?

  52. 59

    Noisy Neighbours is the best one. I Love Katerina Bobkova collections. Thank you :)


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