I wanted to incorporate a bare branch, winter tree with some magazine collage. I knew I wanted to paint the edges of the canvas first. I was thinking a dark gray, but couldn't get the tube of paint open, so I grabbed a dark blue, which led to more blues and white. Here's how the backdrop developed.
Pausing is always good. When I returned, I pulled out my Neocolor II crayons to add some highlights. I just kept working with some paint layers. Including using a piece of screen to spray sparkly green paint over whole sections. Since this was a winter tree, I used the polka dot stencil again with white paint to create "snowflakes."
I was very satisfied with the completed collage.