Sometimes you have to play to figure out or decide what stays.
I have found that I am at my best creatively when I just do. I seemingly don't think about what I am doing. One of my favorite ways of working is sitting with a pile of papers in front of me--handmade or not. I just intuitively put pieces together to create.
I have a lot of piles of paper in my studio.
Yesterday, I finished 65 new cards. I started a few on Tuesday night when I met with my "Old" Watercolor Group to paint and then created and finished them yesterday. If you want to see them you can see a few on my blog, Plethora of Color: http://www.lenall.blogspot.com/
What happens is kind of like how morning pages work. If you do it long enough, something good or true is bound to come out. What came out for me yesterday was that I really like what I did in the above piece. I had no preconceived notion as to what would come-- I just did it. I used three different pieces of paper and went with the flow of the stitches on one of them. ( Two years ago, I had wanted to use a sewing machine to do stitches on paper and barely got far as it kept stopping and leaving me with a mess to figure out. I am not good with puzzles. Anyway, I'd love it if someone would work with me to get going on this process again. I just don't feel confident to do it alone.)
I am thinking about working on some small pieces like this for our show in December. Little landscapes and maybe some cat and bird pieces.