Yesterday, I bought the new Somerset Studio Gallery magazine. One of the first articles is by Pam Carriker about "Pursuing Portraits". She talks about portraits becoming the new face of mixed media arts. Then, the dilemma of trying to make yours, "your own". She goes on to say,"To create a look of your own, a bit of yourself must be added to your portraits, making it a self-portrait of sorts. This can be small, and the goal isn't that your painting looks like you, but by mimicking one of your own features in your artwork, you're putting your own stamp on it."
So, for me, I believe what makes my faces "mine" would be always the inclusion of collage, which I love to do. Birds, flowers, words, tape - you get the picture! Anyway, I had fun doing this journal page, which is always a delight in itself!