One of the reasons I like making a collage is that you can use (nearly?) anything. And you can make anything–something abstract and head scratch-inducing, or something with a bit more realism, or anything in between. I kept it relatively simple this time. An old Apple (tech, not fruit) box as a base, and a few catalogs from Pottery Barn and White Flower Farm (gardening). Lots of colors to be found in these types of products!
I started by drawing an outline of the image I wanted to make with my collage on the box, a lotus flower:
Then I started the fun part of tearing out pages from catalogs that had the shades of blue, green, pink and yellow that I might want to use. It was a messy process, and mind you, this photo is from AFTER I started trimming pages and sorting into color piles.
And then the gluing! First the sky and water, then the lotus pad, and then the flower petals. My working theory was moving from least perfect to most perfect pieces, so ultimately the pink flower would cover up any rough edges or weird overlaps from lower layers.
It’s not quite finished, but I think it’s coming along nicely: