Valentine’s Day is the second most popular greeting-card-giving occasion. It’s become the original Hallmark holiday, overflowing with clichés and dreaded by boyfriends. I refuse to go out to dinner on February 14th because of crowded restaurants and overpriced prix fix menus. Ingenuity is completely robbed from the “just because” flowers and a box of Godivas couldn’t be less personal. The only thing I actually approve of on Valentine’s Day is a homemade Valentine. From the heart, signed with love. But this unfortunately, does not exist in modern society.
However, I still make all my own custom Valentines…I am fully aware that this may sound annoying, but I only partake because it’s a good excuse to hack up magazines. Again, I’ve been doing this every year since I was old enough to pick up scissors, so no need to feel like a slacker. I have memories of folding pink construction paper in half to cut out that perfectly even heart. And gluing those chalky conversation hearts to delicate doilies. I like to think my resources and designs have since improved, but then again, Valentines could have sparked my initial fascination with collage… As I’ve been focusing more on color and value lately, I came up with the two collages above. So simple to make; just tear paper of similar hue and layer them in the same direction to get this striped effect. Happy Valentine’s Day!