Valentine’s Day Card Collages

This time last year I wrote a rant filled blog post about my loathing of Valentine’s Day and the fact that traditions here in America meant I was having to actually purchase Valentine’s Day tat for the first time.  A year on and my feelings have not changed.  However, I again capitulated to the commercialisation of love and romance by purchasing cards and Valentines themed pencils for my sons to hand out to their classmates.  This year I was also involved in three class Valentine’s Day parties.  All in one exhausting day. One. After. The. Other.  The smithereen of grudging tolerance for Valentine’s Day I possess was stretched mightily thin.

However, despite my having a cynical rather than romantic bent, I did decide to make my boys Valentine’s Day cards.  I figured that I was giving into the tradition while not giving into the commercialism since the cards were hand made.  The boys had enjoyed the shark collage I made recently using torn paper and involving no planning or sketching so I decided to take the same approach with the cards I made for my kids.  I used scraps of paper, gelli prints and magazine pages with a little bit of washi tape and paint pens to add facial details.  Each boy received a card with their favourite animal on it: penguin, zebra, unicorn and dog – even though all the Picts determined that my collage scruffy dog looked more like a cat.

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Whether you are a traditional romantic or a cynic when it comes to the commodification of love, I hope you had a wonderful day on 14 February.

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4 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day Card Collages

    • Thank you. My kids are into the party element but do not like exchanging cards. They still have the British mindset of it being a declaration of love.

      We actually spent Valentine’s Day looking at real hearts at the Franklin Institute (blog post to come) which works thematically but also undercuts the romance.

  1. I love these cards – so much better than the mushy ones. I’m with you on Valentines Day, loathing is my feeling to say the least, hadn’t realised how big it was in America in schools especially – love your way of taking part and avoiding all the commercial nonsense.

    • Thanks. Since american schools don’t celebrate any religious holidays, I guess that has led them to mark the secular festivals – though technical Valentine’s is Christian, of course. Having organized three parties in a row (Halloween, Winter and Valentine’s), I’m very glad I now get a break before the next celebration.

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