How fun to give the gift of art. Something she will have for many years (hopefully) and cherish.
This is the beginning stages of a commission I completed recently for a baby girl affectionately nicknamed Winks...The family member giving the gift wanted to use frogs images from a vintage storybook that she had read as a child. When I start a piece of artwork, my system is usually to get the sketch going and then placement of collage. Then it's off to add the color, my favorite part.
The pic above is layered with a wash of paint first and then filled in with lots of crayons, oil pastel, graphite, anything I can get my hands on. I then complete the piece with collage, more detail, and finally beeswax...
Here is the finished piece above without beeswax and the one below completed with a layer of wax. Unless you click on each image for a detail, you can't really see how the beeswax really highlights all the underlying color and texture built into the piece. Even then it is hard to see... Anyway, it turned out fun and I hope the birthday girl enjoys it for many years to come!