I started with a watercolor paper substrate and a bunch of print matter. My favorite print matter: (1) a section of the hospital bracelet I wore when I had a recent thyroid ultrasound, (2) torn bits of a subpoena for a deposition I ended up not having to give, along with (3) torn bits of the check for $40 which was going to compensate me for my time(!) at said deposition. I painted over the collage.
Next, I added a new layer of collage.
After that, I partially masked the new collaged pieces.
Then, off to my paper trimmer to chop the whole thing into four quadrants, with the idea of finishing each piece separately to create a small series of related but differing pieces. From there, I inked in a few heart shapes and started painting one quadrant with tissue paper.
One thing led to another until I had created a Valentine's Day card.
4x5", collage, acrylic, and ink on watercolor paper
2016 [not for sale]
Here's where my series stands for the moment. Counterclockwise from top right: #1—completed card, #2—embellished with first doodles, #3 and #4—hanging out till it's their turn.