"I was wondering if anyone could share their successes with recreating Eric
Carle style collage"
I have had great success with two different materials, both of them donated to my Art Room, but I am sure that you could purchase them as well.
The first is plain white tissue paper that came from a florist. It came in very large sheets and had a waxpaper feel to one side and regular tissue on the other. This was nice because we could paint and create texture on one side but the paint would not soak thru due to the wax barrier.
The other tissue that I have had great success with came from a doctor's office. Someone donated rolls of the white tissue that one would see on the doc's exam table. Again there was a wax type barrier on one side. Worked like a charm.
With both types of paper we were very careful when moving to the drying rack just as an extra precaution against tearing.
My third grade classes really enjoy recreating The Lonely Firefly. We punch a hole in the tail of our firefly and then use white twinkle lights to simulate the "glow" of the firefly. We are able to put these in our dark glass display case where the display lights can be turned off. Looks really cool.