... there was paper.
I decided that one of the small projects I'd like to make this year is something in the 6 x 6 size. And I thought I'd show it to you from beginning to end.
I started with a selection of my hand-painted papers, picking them up and feeling them, sorting through them until I found one that said "Hi. I'm the one". And then I put the rest away. :)
The next step is to make my overall pattern. Since I already know that I'm going to mount this piece, I need a 6 x 6 inch square, plus one inch overlap for folding over the substrate.
Having made 12 birds in this 6 x 6" range, I now know that while working, unless you're constantly measuring, you sometimes have elements that stray off the edges. Sometimes that's okay - but for this particular piece, I needed the focal point to be exactly centered
But even if that weren't the case, as odd as it seems, I always draw this out, so that I have a translucent "pattern" to hold over the piece as I'm working.
So, having chosen my background paper, the next step is to cut it out to pattern...
And then, to cut out my batting to pattern as well. Depending on the size of the piece, I will either cut my batting to the same size as the overall piece - or - in this case, I cut it to the display size (in other words, 6 x 6 rather than 7 x 7), because in pieces this small, that batting will be very bulky, and make it more difficult to mount at the end.
Next up, that focal point.
See you Friday!