I began these abstract watercolors in spring of 2017. While my daughters napped in the front bedroom (previously my studio, now their nursery), I sat at a small desk beneath the window in the master bathroom, the only place left for me to work. As an art teacher, I saved the scrap papers my students used beneath their art to protect their desks. The scrap papers, used by multiple students for multiple years, are gorgeous: they have layers of watercolor, permanent marker, pencil, oil pastel, and tempera paint. There are washes of colors, lines, letters, and doodles. I use the casing from an old 35mm slide as a viewfinder to select a composition that is aesthetically pleasing. I use gouache to recreate the composition on watercolor paper.