I finally bought this book:
I learned about this book, and the author's collage a day blog from one of my favorite mail art friends, MadMadge (aka Spokane Madge). (seriously go see her blog or flickr stuff because her collages just knock me off my feet)
The intro to this book opened up a huge space in my head and now all I want to do is work through all the exercises in this book without stopping. He illustrates the very basic principle of background/middle ground/foreground in a way that totally changed the way I look at my collages.
The very first exercise in the book is '"five minute collages". I spent several hours Friday night sorting images into back/middle/foreground and scanning favorite images so I could print them on different types of paper.
and then I started gluing into a sketchbook like a mad woman.
I don't actually set my time for five minutes like the book suggests, but I am working quickly without agonizing over every choice and without over thinking.
Here are some of the quick, no-thinking collages I've done over the past few days.
I'm so full of good ideas, I don't want to stop. It's killing me to call it a night and go to bed, but that Monday morning alarm is going to ring in about 6 hours. Time to peel the Mod Podge off my fingers and hit the pillow.
I will be dreaming of layers.