I'm struck how very differently this page ended up from its early beginnings - I do love it when that happens and you end up not going in the direction you thought you might! In fact I was having a conversation with my other half on quite a serious subject in the middle of this, which might account for a swerve going on in my mind?
Anyway, thought I would show more of my process with this. The blue background is acrylic paint on top of gesso, which I then splodged with a baby wipe to give this textured look. I'm moving away from using collage sheets and enjoying using (free!) bits and pieces cut from magazines, found circulars etc. What I don't like is shiny paper, and I rarely use the stuff - but then again my heroine Teesha Moore uses lots of it, although I think she gives her work a coat of gel medium when its finished so that its kind of shiny anyway.
My prejudice against shiny paper means that I am always searching for matte images - and more and more circulars (and even some magazines) seem to be going in that direction. This was a Fairtrade flyer which I'd finished with, and I liked the simple teardrop shapes and wanted to use them. I save stuff like this in my collage box.