Playful Valentine

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Hi Inksters!

Valentine’s Day is just a few days away. It’s a day when we take a moment to think about what we love and enjoy — about ourselves, the people dear to us, and the things and experiences we treasure.

This Inkspiration comes from a post I saw about Sew Loved, an art show that ran in New York City a few years ago. For the exhibit, children, parents, grandparents, and teachers submitted soft sculptures that they designed and sewed. The soft sculpture art was then hung on the wall with writing about the pieces.

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Sew Loved Soft Sculpture Art Show, NYC, 2012 (Click on the photo for more information about the exhibit)

So…

  • Choose a “soft sculpture” — one of your stuffed animals or other toys — that you treasure. It doesn’t have to be soft, just something that is special to you.
  • Write a Valentine to your toy. Share with your toy your reasons for loving it so much. Perhaps you have wonderful memories of taking this toy on family trips or holding it as you fall asleep. Perhaps it was a gift from a favorite person. Perhaps you love the way it makes you feel secure or comfortable.
  • Decorate your Valentine — draw on it, color it, put stickers on it.

Or…

  • Instead of a Valentine, you could also make your toy a character in a story you write.

And for our smallest Inksters…

  • Draw a picture with you and your toy doing something you love to do.

Take a picture of your favorite item and send it, along with your writing or drawing, to us. We’ll post it on the site!

And if you also want to do some heart mapping, check out our Valentine’s Day post from last here: What’s In Your Heart?

Have an Inkspiring Valentine’s Day!

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