This weekend, I made my first ever collage to giveaway. I decided to make it on a 12x12 canvas. The process always intrigues me. I start out with an idea and it morphs into something, I never could have imagined.

I wanted to incorporate a bare branch, winter tree with some magazine collage. I knew I wanted to paint the edges of the canvas first. I was thinking a dark gray, but couldn't get the tube of paint open, so I grabbed a dark blue, which led to more blues and white. Here's how the backdrop developed.
Next, I gathered several images from a Real Simple magazine.
I had etched the phase, "ever follow that which is good" from a King James version scripture in 1 Thessalonians 5:15. I used a dot stencil with sparkly spray ink to add a layer. The I randomly glued the above images down. (It was hard to keep them glued down on the canvas. First, I applied Elmer's glue stick to position them. Then, I smeared glossy gel medium over the top. Next, I added a copy of a tree I had collaged for the recent GOD+ART series, I did over here.

At this point, I was not liking the outcome. I had covered several of the magazine images with dark gray paint. A couple tree images and the hourglass remained. I had to walk away before I really hated it. (I was feeling pressure because I wanted this to be special for the giveaway.)

Pausing is always good. When I returned, I pulled out my Neocolor II crayons to add some highlights. I just kept working with some paint layers. Including using a piece of screen to spray sparkly green paint over whole sections. Since this was a winter tree, I used the polka dot stencil again with white paint to create "snowflakes."

I was very satisfied with the completed collage.