Every year, I make my wife a small painting (8"x8") for her birthday. Her b-day was last week. I try and make the theme of the painting something that has happened in the past year.
Since this year, I received my GF, I decided to use the GF to make the artwork instead of painting it.
For the first time every, this year, my entire family is doing Karate (the older boys have been doing it for a while, but this is the first time all 6 of us are in the same class at the same time). So I made the artwork karate-themed.
This is 8 layers of Baltic Birch. Some of it is stained. On top of the Birch, there are veneers for all the clothes and hair. The veneers are from different sources. Some of it is proofgrade (the light pieces). Some of it is not (the colored pieces).
You can see the layers a little better in this shot:
I think it turned out nicely, and my wife seems pleased with it.