Well, now I know you can overwork a collage!
I'm going to send this to Elizabeth at Paper Paintings to see what she says about it and what suggestions she has for making a better one next time.
So....what did I learn?
1. Collage can be very meditative and calming, and you can do as much or as little as you want at a time.
2. You can fall in love with a color and go overboard with it.
3. Planning (values and colors and composition) is important from beginning to end.
4. Gathering your papers before starting is a good idea, and laying them over the painting before gluing them is also a good idea.
5. If you don't have the shape you want when you tear your paper, don't just use that piece - tear it correctly to get the shape you want.
6. Incorporate words from the beginning if you want words in your college - don't just tack them on at the end because you forgot you wanted them.
7. I should study how Elizabeth does her animal eyes and rounds her paper pieces at times to give her shapes a fuller look.
8. I need industrial strength hand cleaner to get the acrylic medium off - must ask Elizabeth what she uses.
9. Next time, leave more of the canvas/board and underpainting showing and try for a 75-25 mix to see how that works.