Today's lesson included a challenge: create a balanced collage using only 3 elements on the page, a background and 2 additional pieces. The key to creating a pleasing composition is the size of the elements in relation to each other. I decided to use the same background on each page, sheets from a crumbling-to-bits music book. These sheets are very delicate and tear easily, so I discovered that it worked better to put the gluestick on the notebook page and then gently press the music sheet onto that. We weren't supposed to focus on color, but I wanted to do one page with a very monochromatic palette, and one with a vivid pop of color, to see how that changed the exercise. I started with a much smaller version of the thoughtful lady on the right, but she was quickly lost in a sea of music! The larger image was a much better fit. I LOVE the bright colors in the image on the left, so I wanted to use it in its entirety. I printed out several copies of this image, and I originally cut out a strip of the brightly colored rug to use as a border across the top of the page.That proved to be a bit too much! So I used a strip of the music paper instead. I'm happy with the results, but I know as I learn more from my class, I'll probably wish I had made different choices! But I'm enjoying the journey!