Well, I promised a tutorial to Heather. I'm almost embarrassed to call it that, though, because I don't do anything elaborate and I have no pics.
The first thing I do when doing the little canvas collages is to spread on some paint. I literally pour the paint directly on the canvas from the little bottles. I kind of dot it around and then smear it with a brush until it covers the canvas. I usually add a several different colors until I like what I have. Sometimes it ends up a different color completely from what I had planned just because it didn't appeal to me after I got it on the canvas.
Once I have a background I like, I rub some off with a dry cloth. I hate waiting for paint to dry and I love the look of some canvas showing through, so I usually wipe it. Sometimes I use stamps on the paint to reveal some canvas. In that case, I don't wipe it with a cloth because that would mess up the effect.
Once the paint is ready, I find pieces that appeal to me and glue them on. With the angel girl (which is probably the one collage of my own that I liked) I used a photo that I printed out from some free vintage photos on Flickr. I also found a really pretty fairy on a site dedicated to fairies. I printed one out and cut the wings from her and put them on the little girl. The little girl's arms were crossed over her chest and I wanted her to hold something meaningful. It took me a while of trying different things, but finally I cut a sun shot from National Geographic and placed the sun in her arms. I wanted to appear to be glowing and that picture worked really well. I mod podged it all down once I had it the way I wanted it and then covered it with a thin layer of mod podge, too.
I wanted to dress it up a little, so I put some ribbon across.
I poked a hole in the bottom center and put some thread (or wire...can't remember) through for beading. I used an old sharp embroidery needle to poke the holes in the canvas. I have since broken it and found that a thumb tack works even better.
I poked holes in the top in the left and right corners and put wire through. Before closing up the wire, I placed a few beads on it, then twisted it shut. I tied some more of the ribbon I used earlier onto the wire and it was done.
I think that's everything. If you haven't done a collage before, you might really enjoy it. Every now and then I come up with one I like. The rest of the time it's just fun and keeps my creative juices flowing.
I hope everyone is having a great weekend. I didn't do much today. There were a lot of good movies on so I used cleaning my room as an excuse to watch them...all day. Hey, the dresser the tv sits on needed a lot of decluttering. And all those magazines had to be looked through too. The sheets needed changing and the furniture dusted and anything else I could think of to keep me in there. A nice Saturday.
Darcy asked to see the painting I was talking about so I've added it at the top. I sold it to a very sweet blog/flickr friend a couple of weeks ago. Looking at the pic now, I realize I left something out. I brushed gesso onto a butterfly stamp and stamped them at the end. Some have the full stamp and then I let one sort of fly off the edge. I think that's all I left out. :) Oh and I also realized I didn't put beads on this particular hanger. lol But I usually do.
Heather, thanks (and thanks everyone else too!). I am really new to this so I haven't tried a lot of products. I use glossy mod podge but I hear great things about Golden Gel Medium. I want to try that one. As for paint, I use Folk Art, Delta Ceramcoat, Apple Barrel, Crafters or whatever is cheapest; just plain old craft acrylic paint. Usually one brand or another is on sale really cheap..2 or 3 for a dollar or something.