This is the very beginning stage for most of my work. I find a lot of colors of fabric that speak to me about the topic or location in mind, and rip pieces of them off; thin pieces, wide pieces, pieces I will cut shorter and those I will leave long. And then, with a base in mind, I stick the pieces down in an order that is not random but is also not regular. My patient husband came to see what I was working on, and even when I pointed out the landmarks, he just shook his head.
What surprises me is that even after I complete the next couple steps, he still doesn’t see it. Not until a piece is finished and on the wall, does he get what I was aiming for.