As a way of introducing collage materials into mixed media I decided to use photo images as a starting point.
Students were asked to select an image from a range of subject matter and collage it into their background which may have first received a colour wash.
They were encouraged to use inks, oil pastels and pens to develop their work.
From this stage we moved on to selecting other papers such as maps, manuscript, text, etc, and students were then asked to create their own mixed media pieces based on their chosen inspiration.
The results were very varied and interesting.