Collage, often in the form of mail art. ( I actually mail them to people as such on Postcrossing.com) made from whatever pictures I can scrounge up, from 4 x 6 to full page size, usually some humor involved. If you can call what I do art, my art is definitely not all that artistic, but it keeps me alive through hard times.
Hey, Festivus Miracle, thanks : ) By the way, I reread your mail here you asked me about classes, so I'm sorry I didn't address that question before now. My only collage classes were in college, a long time ago, but I supplemented my research by looking at as much collage and assemblage work as I could or still can online and in art books, lots of art books, many hours. Oh, and I forget probably the most important - going to see shows in local galleries and major musuems where I can see the real thing. Good luck!
Hey, Jeff, I use Arches Rives BFK 22 x 30 inch handmade paper that goes for about 4 to 7 dollars a sheet depending on wieght and the store prices. I pin it to the wall and work standing up. It sounds expensive, but it won't bend on you, and you could get a number of collages from one sheet maybe. Your homegrown and inexpensive method sounds just dandy to me, though. Keeping it simple is good!
Jeff, thank you - yeah, alot of school, but it's all relative I think. Alot of school doesn't always mean good art results...at least that's been my experience. So, it's a bit more expensive than Elmer's, but I love using Liquitex acrylic gel medium, regular matte or gloss gel (depending on the finish you wish to achieve), and I coat the backs of collages sometimes so they won't bend like that. You may thin the gel a bit with water if you like and glue some down to the board and the back of the paper, then coat the front again. Try not to do it too thickly, though, to avoid clouding of you image. Hope this helps!