I keep going to put all my materials away, and keep making just one more. The thing (a thing) about collage is that it can take as long or as short as you like, use as many or as few materials as you have, and adjust to whatever your current skill level is. The other thing (another thing) is that very few people show their processes. The tutorials I found didn't suit the type of collage I am attracted to, so I took a few pics of my process this morning to document what I do. For what it's worth. Which isn't much.
The basics for collage are paper and glue and a background to put them on. Here I've used the back of a muesli packet I was just about to put in the recycling before I thoroughly distracted myself from any and all household chores. Because it is just cardboard, I used a glue stick for the paper. If you want to use something like gel medium or liquid glue, you'll need a stronger background to stop it drying warped. Ask me how I know. Paper doesn't like to get wet. Them's just the facts.
You can gesso to build a stronger base, especially if you're using paint, but I didn't this time. I just used a small amount of white acrylic to blur the background (which was a page ripped out of an old and not very good book. I don't mind ripping up books when they are old and not very good). Usually I use my fingers, but usually I also get paint over the wall and floor and my clothes and the pet cat, if I had a pet cat.
You can use anything that'll stick. This one was mostly leftover bits I happened to have lying around, plus a gratuitous cupcake wrapper. I did use a used tea-bag, gross, Pinterest made me do it. I washed the tea-leaves out first, promise.
I was going to look up nice lovely words in a nice new page of my nice old and not very good book, but I forced myself to use the three lines left over from the one page I had already used. My usual process is to just cut out a few dozen phrases and play around with them, so it was a good challenge to limit myself to so few.
So I painted over it. I had planned to use white paint but also had some black handy and my impulse fairy, who is alert to opportunity at all times, quickly chose the black before I had a chance to think about it. She's not interested in what looks best, I can't even tell you what she's interested in, all I know is she can be every bit as much miss as she is hit.
Lucky in this case it was hit. The black worked much better.
And voila. I stopped there because I most often keep going until everything is ruined, and unlike my paintings I never get through the other side and unruin them again. I like it just like this, simple as it is.
The point of them? I can't tell you. But they look good in a big white box frame, which is point enough for me.