Yesterday I started talking about digital art. This collage was totally created in a free graphics program called Paint.NET. It has most of the same features as the more expensive Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro and others. It doesn't do brushes or tubes, but can handle PNG files and layers just fine. As you can see, it is hard to tell the difference between a physical collage that has been scanned and one totally created on the computer. Infact, I feel you have MORE creative leeway going digital (and can help save a tree
If you would like a copy, here is the link: http://www.getpaint.net/ From time to time I will post a tutorial on how to get certain effects in Paint.NET.