I promised I would show what I gave to my sister on Christmas Day and so here it is:
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My sister loves purple, and I could not remember what else (and I didn't want to ask), so it's purple plus a few other colors. My husband really liked it and said that it had sort of a Asian relief map feel to it. I painted some rice paper with old Japanese writing on it, adhered those to the acrylic painted canvas. I collaged with other papers and postage stamps, and then used Golden bead gel, Golden crackle medium, origami netting, waxed cording, ceramic bead points from Italy, and Interference Violet paint to create the sheen effect. It's on a 12 x 12 wrapped canvas, and also includes oil pastels, Stabilo pencils, and a handful of violet micro beads. And she loved it! I'm so glad it turned out to her liking. This is the second mixed media piece I've done as a gift and therefore in specific colors. A lot of love goes into my paintings!