The original collage. I usually start these on scraps of paper so it's not a traditional size, maybe around 8"x10" though?
Second cut! Look at all those little cuties!
And a few of the final applications.
One other thing: after I finished this I was so excited about the results that I started another one immediately... and it was a total fail. No matter how much I cut it up, none of the pieces had that tiny composition magic that can be a product of this technique.
Of course, I always try to learn something from my art mistakes, so I did a little thinking about what I had done differently. First of all, I can NOT start these collages by trying to manipulate the outcomes. It has to be begun with just filling up a page intuitively, and really filling ALL the space up. Another is a variation of scale: there needs to be some larger pieces mixed in with tiny details. Part of the reason I take photos of all the steps is to evaluate what worked or where I might have gone wrong. Being able to refer to that first collage (even though it does not exist in that state anymore) helps me analyze what made this one successful. It's all part of the process (and you know I loooove process.)