Each collage piece starts with a layer of paint and successive layers of paper, fiber paste, ink and marker are added until I achieve a look I am satisfied with. The papers I use are hand painted on junk mail or collected from magazines, old books, maps, tea bag tags, fortune cookies, sheet music or just about any other paper that catches my eye. I find myself picking up pieces of paper, labels, tags, receipts wherever I am. My favorites are vintage letters or postage stamps. The history they carry with them is special.