July highlights

July art journal page by Artfully Carin

These highlight pages have quickly become some of my art journal favourites. I love being able to see at a glance what we have been up to during a particular month. I make them as simple as possible on purpose so that I am more inclined to make them, and let the words and doodles provide most of the interest.

After what seemed the longest winter on record, summer finally hit with a vengeance last month. Aoife didn’t finish school till the middle of the month, but every spare moment was spent in the paddling pool in the garden.

Alan and I celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary. We managed to score a babysitter and went out for a meal and a movie.

Right at the end, I also managed to make a start on the walls of the studio. I haven’t been back in since, but every little bit helps.

July, 2013 from Carin Cullen on Vimeo.

(Ignore all the weeds please!)

The July highlights art journal page was made mixing 2 water soluble crayons on a stitched background (the stitches carry over from Aoife’s “6” page), which were then textured with cling film and gesso through a stencil. I added a photo of the kids playing in the paddling pool, then wrote and doodled the highlights from our month all over the page with black and white pens.


  1. Hei Carin. I wonder about something. What have you used to color your page, so it’s easy to write on? What do you write with?
    Have a nice day, from Marina in Norway.
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  2. Precious memories in your beautiful video Carin…. lots of joy and happiness in those pics… and love your July Highlights page…

    Jenny ♥
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  3. Hej! Tittar in här för att tacka för din trevliga kommentar i min blogg. Alltid kul att få respons på det man skapar. Du är jättevälkommen tillbaka igen! / Cattis

  4. Happy Anniversary a little bit late! HB and I have also been married for 18 years. 1995 was a very good year!!

    I love the way you document your life in your art journal. And the video is adorable!!
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  5. I am so inspired by this, as I just dumped 1500 photos from the past year from my camera to my computer. When will I learn to delete, edit and organize? One day! We have been painting walls this summer… Love the bright color for your art studio!
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  6. Happy Pink, love it of course I do. 🙂
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