I love to paint over collage, so I collaged many patriotic images onto a canvas prepped with gesso. Images include coins, statue of liberty, songs, famous past patriots and maps. I printed out some images, and then printed out more. I collaged them onto the canvas with acrylic medium. It's amazing how many pages it takes to cover a roughly 24" by 34" canvas. After letting the medium dry, I tinted the entire surface with a yellow ochre/ burnt sienna mix to even out the color.
Next, I simply measured out the correct dimensions for the red and white stripes and blue field. I painted the acrylic as washes to let the collage show through. I kept the color pretty muted for a folk look. After that dried, I measured and cut out a star stencil and painted on 50 white stars.
Two coats of varnish, and this project was complete! I loved collaging a painted a themed piece. I plan to make several more flag paintings similar to this one. I also have ideas to create other themed pieces in the future.