summer essentials {freebie art print}

In the spirit of engaging my children in creative activities this summer {and let’s face it, keeping them occupied for more than four minutes}, I pulled out the paints yesterday. Painting is not that uncommon around here, but when I actually sat down with them to create, then it was really something special.


I am no painting expert, but I have always loved playing with watercolors. I have my own set of not-so-special paints and my own non-frayed brush and I don’t share. Sorry kids.


Over the course of an hour or two {with a few minimal distractions like making lunch four a houseful of kids and cleaning a half a bottle of elmer’s glue off the bathroom floor – you know, normal things} I was totally in to my artwork. I don’t paint often, but when I do, I always love it.


Since it turned out pretty cute, I scanned the finished painting and turned it into a printable art print for you. You can download the print below, then print on your favorite paper. I printed mine on matte photo paper to get the best image quality.


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32 Responses to summer essentials {freebie art print}

  1. Jayne McLeod June 3, 2015 at 11:32 am #

    Dear Emily…. may I just say THANK-YOU for your lovely print outs and for the SMILE that these charming prints bring to my heart. You have a wonderful site and my heart is refreshed each time I get to enjoy your lovely words and pictures. Enjoy the SONshine, Jayne

    • emily June 4, 2015 at 9:38 am #

      Thank you Jayne!

  2. Gina March 27, 2015 at 6:58 am #

    I love this print but when I print it out it has dotted lines around it. What am I doing wrong??

    • emily March 27, 2015 at 9:07 am #

      Those dotted marks are crop lines for an 8×10 print.

  3. Violette October 9, 2014 at 3:47 pm #

    I wish I had found this website earlier! Thanks for sharing your passion and beautiful work!

  4. Melissa July 14, 2014 at 7:00 am #

    I am getting this error on a number of pictures from this site that I am trying to print.

    • emily July 23, 2014 at 7:20 pm #

      Sorry for the trouble. The file is working now.

  5. Mary P February 19, 2014 at 7:37 pm #

    OHHHHHH… these are so adorable!! I can’t wait for SPRING!! Thank you Ms. talented lady for sharing your sweet talents.

  6. Kim December 14, 2013 at 7:21 pm #

    Thank you so much- this is absolutely beautiful!!

  7. Mary Ann August 17, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

    Lovely — thanks so much!

  8. Michelle Whitaker June 28, 2013 at 6:36 am #

    Cutest thing ever. Thank you for sharing with us!

  9. Shannon {Our Home Notebook} June 27, 2013 at 6:45 am #

    It’s beautiful! I love your design style so much. Thanks so much for the printable. How fun that you were able to do it while painting with your kids :)

  10. Eileen Ruiz June 26, 2013 at 4:06 pm #

    You are truly soooo talented! I love it!

  11. Kerry June 26, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

    Reminds me so much of Susan Branch’s art. One of my all-time faves!

  12. Katie June 26, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

    Thanks for the adorable print! Way too impressively good for just sitting down to paint with the kids! You’re awesome!

  13. rachele June 26, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

    This is just the CUTEST printable ever!! I love it!! Thank you so much!! I LOVE YOUR STYLE!!! Simply ADORABLE!!

  14. Carina June 26, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

    Beautiful! You are such a talented artist!

  15. Madaline June 26, 2013 at 11:16 am #

    these would make adorable notecards!!

  16. melodee@polkadotnotebook June 26, 2013 at 10:34 am #

    this is so pretty! you are so talented….just amazing…pinned this to share!

  17. Emily June 26, 2013 at 10:18 am #

    This is lovely! Thank you!

  18. Linda June 26, 2013 at 10:11 am #

    So sweet! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

  19. diana elizabeth June 26, 2013 at 9:41 am #

    Oh my goodness! This is amazing, I am in awe of your beautiful talent, thank you so much for sharing with us!

  20. l.e. June 26, 2013 at 9:30 am #

    “I am no painting expert,” she says.

    “Over the course of an hour or two,” she says.

    Emily–it’s wonderful! Thanks so much for offering it up for free! You’re so blessed to have such amazing skills :)

  21. Ann June 26, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    Your print is BEAUTIFUL! My family all paints… a talent which sadly bypassed me. I am always amazed by those who can paint using watercolors. Simple summer perfection. Thank you for making me smile. :-)

  22. LinhC June 26, 2013 at 9:11 am #

    This is beautiful and thank you for sharing with us!

  23. Rachel June 26, 2013 at 9:07 am #

    I think you are an awesome artist! Just my style…thank you for letting us print it free! I already printed two for a summer basket I put together for some favorite friends….thank you so much!

  24. Missy G. June 26, 2013 at 9:00 am #

    I love it! And you hit the nail on the head with all those essentials. Every one. True story.

  25. Carol Sander June 26, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    Oh my gosh. This is so sweet. Already downloaded and in an Ikea Ribba frame, to be displayed in my kitchen as a reminder to enjoy every summer day. Thank you for sharing your brilliant art and generous heart, Emily.

  26. Shelley June 26, 2013 at 8:42 am #

    Adorable! Love it! Wish I were so talented.

  27. Trish @TheOldPostRoad June 26, 2013 at 8:11 am #

    Love it!

  28. Sarah June 26, 2013 at 8:02 am #

    This is so cute! Love all the details.

  29. Kristin S June 26, 2013 at 7:50 am #


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