Christmas Essentials (free art print!)


Merry Christmas, my friends! I’m so happy to share this watercolor illustration with you!

The Christmas Essentials print has been on my ‘can’t wait to make’ list for a while. I did a winter essentials print (found here) to go along with the seasonal essential prints (here is the spring, summer and autumn designs), but the winter print is missing a few of the best parts of Christmas, so it seemed a new print was in order.


I posted my initial sketches on instagram asking for your Christmas must-haves and you all came through! So many fun, christmasy things were mentioned and I had a great time picking my favorites, sketching and watercoloring for the new print.


After I painted the illustrations, but before turning them into digital art, I had the crazy idea to screen-capture the whole process. I put this little video together so you can see how this art print came to be!

Isn’t that fun?! I am not video expert, but I’m pretty proud of myself for putting this together!


Free Christmas Essentials Art Print / jones design company

The updated files are now in THE ARCHIVE along with all of our best free prints, templates and fonts (and the other Essentials prints!).  If you are not an Archive member, simply add your email to the list and you’re in!


I would love to see how you use this illustration … if you snap a photo and post to instagram, be sure to tag me (@jonesdesigncompany) and use #christmasessentialsart

31 Responses to Christmas Essentials (free art print!)

  1. Pamela November 30, 2018 at 3:43 pm #

    OMGosh! The video was too fun to watch! Thank you for sharing your talents with the world. You are one gifted girl!

  2. Yoshiko T December 20, 2015 at 1:14 am #

    Thank you so much for Beautiful art♡

  3. Callista December 14, 2015 at 11:54 am #

    Thank you so much for the whimsical print!! I printed it on heavy paper, tied it with a bow and gave it as a party favor at my annual Christmas Ornament Exchange!!! Thank you for taking the time and sharing your talent with all of us!! Merry Christmas!

  4. susan b December 8, 2015 at 11:37 am #

    Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful artwork!

  5. Melle Blanche December 7, 2015 at 2:01 pm #

    Your video shows how much you’re a little fairy. Thank you for giving us the scenes of this work and this beautiful illustration.

  6. Allie December 7, 2015 at 8:34 am #

    I love this! Thank you for sharing your process and the final product. You have a gift!

  7. Allie Eisel December 7, 2015 at 6:26 am #

    Thank you so much for this beautiful print! I have printed out all your “essentials” prints and use them as office decor every season:) Merry Christmas!


  8. Corinna December 7, 2015 at 5:39 am #

    I love the print and the video. Thank you!

  9. Susanne December 6, 2015 at 6:22 am #

    Dear Emily!

    So beautiful – thanks for sharing!!

    I would love to make cards like these for the holidays and I would LOVE if you would like to share en behind-the scenes on the process of painting the watercolor illustrations (the actual painting process) – do you think that would be a possibility?

    By the way – how do you get the white dots on the night sky, the present and the tree?

    What is the name of the font you use for the labels next to each illustration?

    Kind regards,

    Susanne G

    • emily December 6, 2015 at 3:50 pm #

      I would be happy to record next time I paint!

      For the white stars and lights on the tree, I used white gouache paint.
      The font is called Stand Tall (one I made that you can get for free in The Archive).

      • Susanne December 8, 2015 at 3:37 pm #

        Thanks a lot, Emily!

        Would it be possible to share (maybe in i video) how you make a font?

        I already joined your Graphic Design Course so I have an idea on how to work in Illustrator;-)

        Kind regards!

  10. Gloria December 5, 2015 at 2:51 pm #

    Love it even more after the video! Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

  11. Emma December 5, 2015 at 1:15 pm #

    The print is AWESOME! I’ve been wondering how to turn artwork into digital and your video gave me a glimpse. Maybe there could be a tutorial in the future? :)

  12. Susanne December 5, 2015 at 1:06 pm #

    Så beautiful! Thanks a ton for sharing with us!!

    What font do you use for the labels next to all the items?

    Kind regards!

    • emily December 6, 2015 at 3:51 pm #

      The font is called Stand Tall (one I made) and is available to download for free in The Archive!

  13. rachel morris December 5, 2015 at 12:22 pm #

    I absolutely loved seeing “behind the scenes”!
    These essentials prints are just perfect! :)

  14. Stephanie December 5, 2015 at 12:15 pm #

    Wow Emily! That is amazing and so beautiful! Thank you so much for the video, and just it is interest, what program did you use to screen record? I’ve tried before but never been successful…. Thanks again! ❤

    • emily December 6, 2015 at 3:50 pm #

      I use Camtasia for mac :)

  15. Amanda December 5, 2015 at 11:04 am #

    Oh wow, that was an amazing process to watch, thank you for sharing

  16. rachel December 5, 2015 at 10:42 am #

    That was adorable and so fun to watch!! And great job with the music too!! It was a perfect choice and totally in synch! Did you do all that in iMovie?
    Great job you talented gal and thanks for this peek. ?

    • emily December 6, 2015 at 3:51 pm #

      I created the video using Camtasia for Mac.

  17. Lauren DeVries December 5, 2015 at 9:57 am #

    He he – super fun seeing the making!! Thanks for the print!

  18. jenna December 5, 2015 at 9:53 am #

    What a fun video. Thanks for sharing how you work your magic. I am so curious, how long did it take you to format the print once you scanned it?

    • emily December 6, 2015 at 3:52 pm #

      I probably spent an hour or two on it. I sped the video up to 900% and cut out a bit, too. It takes a while for me to get it just right!

  19. Kim K December 5, 2015 at 9:51 am #

    The video was so FUN!! I thought it was pretty impressive. I loved seeing how you put together the print and all the hard work it takes. Behind the scenes always brings me back to reality and helps me to appreciate even more the blessing that you are to all of us. Thank you SO much Emily for being the biggest giver I know <3

    • emily December 6, 2015 at 3:52 pm #

      Ah, thank you!

  20. Sarah December 5, 2015 at 9:43 am #

    I love this one! I really enjoyed the video. It’s fun to see your creative process and all the work that goes into creating a graphic image after the brainstorming and painting.

  21. Lynn December 5, 2015 at 9:05 am #

    Thank you Emily. I love it!!!

  22. Kathleen D December 5, 2015 at 7:11 am #

    I LOVED the video! Thanks.

  23. jennifer December 5, 2015 at 6:18 am #

    Thank you! I LOVE it! I’m Dying! I can’t believe it’s free!

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