This week, my daughter had a new friend over to the house for lunch and play. After washing hands and doing a few excited pirouettes across the kitchen floor, they sat down at the table. I bought bagels as a special treat, but our friend mentioned that her dad always packs her a special lunch. She then unzipped her lunch box and revealed the most gorgeous bento lunch (see below). I couldn’t get over it. There was kale salad with shaved parmesan cheese, roasted sweet potatoes, celery, slices of swiss cheese, and more, more, more. It is exactly the way I like to eat…little nibbles of lots of different flavors. And , it was just so nice to look at. She had twinkle stars in her eyes when she told us that her dad makes her this kind of lunch every day. I told them that we all give love notes in different ways. This is clearly one of the ways her dad tells her he loves her.
This bento beauty got me thinking about a journal prompt where, instead of a bento lunch box, we make a bento art box — a box with lots of different compartments filled with inspiring, delicious materials.
I imagine I could make lots and lots of different versions of these art boxes.
This one I drew in my journal has:
- small round wooden beads
- embroidery floss
- gold star sequins
- 2 Micron pens and an art pencil
- some pebbles
- some small balls of waxed cord
- a watercolor palette
What would your dream bento art box look like? You could also draw bento lunch box ideas as well.