I had a collage that I did about a year ago and never finished. It just sat there. I liked parts of it. A lot. But it just, well, sat there.
So, recently I decided it was a waste to have a canvas sit there. I looked through the photos I've been taking around the neighborhood on my walks, chose some pieces and parts that may work, printed them out and started working. I sketched a rough idea out. It has "cow itch" (Campsis radicans) from a neighbor's mail box, black-eyed susans from another's garden, and petunia greenery and pitcher from another neighbor's yard.
You can see above how I started pushing back some of the parts I wanted gone with some white paint. It helped me focus on what parts would next work or need to be eliminated. That part wasn't easy. There were neat images in there, but honestly had to go if I was to move on,. Wow, sounds like a metaphor for life, doesn't it?
Lots of sheer layers of paint...some of it dry-brushed, some of it glazed and changed the tone and hue of different parts until I got it balanced. I like it now and will paint the sides and it will be ready for varnishing. I find it helpful to see how others evolve pieces and know how their pieces come together. I hope that this helped you or that you found it interesting.