Like the project i did last month with my friend L, the three of us each created a collage and turned it into a painting. We started by painting white gesso on a wooden board or canvas. then added collage papers in a completely random way. My landscape started out as a patchwork of assorted papers like this:
The idea is to just rotate it around until you "find" the art within. Frankly i didn't see anything! but D and S saw a landscape of sorts.
So take a dark paint and outline or create your image. then fill in around with paint. You can "cheat" a little and add some additional collage materials - as you can see above i added trees and a bird.Here is S's collage - you can see how in her case there was clearly a bird flying in the middle of the collage. - so she went with that!
Look how cool it looks - you can still see some texture on the canvas.
Here is D's collage - with the beginnings of her image. She "saw" a highway patrolman in her collage and just brought out his face.
By the time she was done, well, she "saw" an ice cream cone and a watch and a few other random shapes. So cool! it helps to just be free and go with it!