The box search revealed itself by happenstance. I looked at shoe boxes, suitcases, even shipping boxes as possibilities and when I was grabbing a large sheet of watercolor paper, I noticed the box I had propping up my big paper pads. A soda bottle carrying case. I bought it initially to use as a craft display, but had not thought about how I would use it, so it got tucked under the studio table. As I thought about how to organize all these notes and scraps I also realized that some days I felt like painting or collage, other days I wanted to stitch and still other choices popped up as possibilities. I could still choice at random, but I needed a box that allowed me to categorize and the soda box seemed perfect.
The box is vintage so I really didn’t want to paint it or alter it. I took it out to the shop and sanded all the edges and gave it a good cleaning.
I painted some 80# vellum paper and cut it into 3 1/2″ x 6″ strips. I thought this size would be good enough to get an idea on paper but leave room for the process of creation to unfold. I also lined the box with strips of paper for the cards to sit on.
My categories are pretty self explanatory and work for me. But I have room for more categories so I can add at least seven more if I decide to. I also plan to keep a spare stack of cards on my bedside table for those late night eureka ideas and some in my sewing space too!
Now to pull all those scraps together and write on the backs. The fronts will stay blank so I can randomly pick one and not know what’s on the other side.
I’ve got plenty of room for more cards, probably 200 in all would fit. Controlled randomness, organized serendipity? What do you all think? How would you do it in a way that would work for you?
Mystery solved. Mine anyway. I’m off to teach tomorrow morning and lunch with friends. What could be better! Happy weekend.