I decided to create an art journal and fill it with these small collages. I like the process of intuitively selecting collage elements and arranging them on the page, not quite knowing what I'm doing or how it will turn out. And I especially like that I can finish it in an evening.
The picture of the woman in the collage is the work of DJ Pettitt. She held a raffle on her blog last year, giving away small packets of images of her work, and I was one of the lucky winners.
I've been experimenting with gesso and gel medium for texture, and I think I'm getting the hang of it. First I coated the collage with gel medium (not sure why), let it dry, and then lightly finger painted and dry brushed the gesso. When the gesso was dry I colored some of it with a bronze colored pencil. Then I gave the collage a light, uneven coating of Modge Podge matte to add a bit more texture and seal it.