Emmie is back today from My Someday in May, and I couldn't be more in love with the free printable she is sharing!! I need one of these seashell prints in my home ASAP.
I don't know about you but my brain is already thinking SUMMER! Yup, I'm dreaming of hot sand and sunshine. I thought it was time to bring a little summer to my home too. I really love old, vintage pictures and it just came to me one day that I wanted a scientific journal-like print of seashells....and if you can't find one...then make one! The Graphics Fairy has such an amazing collection of prints and graphics and I found the perfect shells for my project!
After I found my seashells and the perfect time-worn paper background, I headed on over to Photoshop to get started. But just putting the seashells on the page wasn't good enough. I wanted it to look like a real journal, with notes about each shell scribbled on the page. I felt like I was doing a school project again when I was doing all this research on different shells! It might sound like boring work, but learning about shells was actually really interesting! I had to make a couple educated guesses as to what a few of the shells were called, but based on the pictures I sorted through, I think it is pretty accurate! Every shell is beautiful and different and has its own story. I intentionally found a font that looks like a messy cursive but I think it is still legible enough to read the notes I made.
The print was made specifically to be a 16x20. Anything bigger or smaller than that and you'll have to crop or deal with resolution issues.
I love that I can hang this in my entryway during the summer and my bathroom in the winter! I'll always have a place for it! Hope you can find a place for it in your home too!
Print it HERE. I printed it at Costco as a 16x20 regular print. They also give you the option of adding a 1/2 inch white border to prints at Costco. I would recommend adding a border (if you can) so that if you have a chunky frame, some of the writing won't be hidden.
If you liked this, check out some of my other projects. Let's be friends!
Seashell Research Sources:
Lamarck, J. (1837). The Book of Shells: Containing the Classes Mollusca, Conchifera, Cirrhipeda, Annulata, and Crustacea. (The 2nd ed., p. 38). London: John W. Parker, West Strand.
Synopsis of the Contents of the British Museum.(p. 37-38). (1852). R. & A. Taylor.
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