The other day I started "foolin' around" with primary colored squares painted as a grid for a project unrelated to school. If I had had pastels at home I'd have used them, but watercolors had to suffice. Didn't like it. Then I added some inner squares -- still didn't like it. But, they did remind me of Kandinsky a bit. By then I was morphing into the "school mode."
Next, I decided to partition sections off (with no two sections partitioned exactly alike) and added some doodled borders.
By then I was thinking about representations of multiplication facts.
I think it is sometimes useful to see how an idea begins and what thinking processes go into making it a viable art project. This is one of those "in process" moments!!