I'm still working with collage backgrounds. I chose decorative papers with nature and floral patterns, cut out some of the flowers and tore some of the edges. I wet the paper and applied it to a 5 x 7 canvas board using Modge Podge. Once the background was dry I applied acrylic raw umber to make it look old. I then drew this little female Ruby-throated Hummingbird feeding her young and painted them in oils. I felt the background was a little distracting from my focal subject so I add the blue in around Mama and babies. I then antiqued the edges again but this time using oil paint (raw umber + liquin).
(5 x 7 - oils on canvas board)