Shop Sailor’s Valentine (in pink AND blue!)
1. What inspired this print?
My husband Jack & I (yes, THAT Jack) always love visiting the beach every summer. It reminds me of when I was a little girl. We love to collect shells on the beach and go antiquing at the shops in the little beach towns. The ornate shell art that we’ve found in the vintage shops and the shells we have collected from our walks on the beach, were my inspiration for the Sailor’s Valentine print. I thought configuring the shells into a pretty pattern would make for a wonderful and fresh looking print for our Summer Collection that our girl would absolutely love!
2. How did you come up with its name?
Sailor’s Valentines are seashell mosaics that were created by sailor’s in the late 1800′s from the shell treasures he collected during his journey at sea as a gesture of love to their sweetheart.
3. What secrets are hidden?
If you look closely there are hidden crabs throughout the design and of course the hidden Lilly’s.
4. What materials did you use or combine to create the artwork?
The design was painted using watercolor paper and designers gouache. I combined several layers of tonal colors within the motifs with a pop accent color to give it an extra special look.
5. What does this print say about the Lilly girl wearing it?
She likes to have fun, is confident and likes romantic gestures.
Enjoy Your Lilly Sailors Valentine!! Xx, Reba Allred