Years ago, when I first decided to carve out a crafty space for myself, I did so in order to try my hand at making bunting. I needed a place to store paper, ribbon, tulle, buttons, adhesive, scissors, and one or two hole punches, so I commandeered a 5 X 5 foot space from our basement, and began creating triangular paper bunting. I eventually made some square and rectangular pennants too, but never the egg/oval folded-in-half style. After my morning coffee, I decided today was the day to try it.
When I work with paper for a collage, bunting, or jewelry assemblage, I am a dumper. I pull out a ton of paper in the colors and prints that I think might work, open up my ribbon drawers and toss a few spools up on the table, and tip over storage bins that are now full of many more paper punches, beads, buttons, and ephemera. Dump, grab. Dump, rummage. Dump, AHA!
I pull a length of ribbon across two or three patterned papers, decide what looks pretty, and then put materials I've decided ~not~ to use away. If I had a larger workspace, I'm certain I'd just shove the pile over to the side, but the drawback of having to work on a smallish table actually contributes to the order and cleanliness of my craft room. Ironic, no?
Here was this morning's process:
It was a good day to return to bunting.