As a painter, I began playing around with collage as a way to use old unsuccessful paintings and drawings and found it quite liberating.
I am not against using magazine images, but I want my students to make many different materials from scratch. I try to elicit an individual touch from each student I work with. I might, for example, have a class start off by tracing different plants with colored pens. Then we would cut those “drawings” up for collage and combine them with other hand painted papers.