This collage was created in honor of my dear friend Aiko from Tokyo, Japan, on the occasion of her 33rd birthday, celebrated on April 9. The collage was created on a piece of recycled cardboard. The substrate was prepped with gesso, and then collaged with a variety of papers, including patterned paper, Chinese script, mulberry, origami squares, and ephemera. After a color-wash of the entire surface with a mixture of light yellow and white paint, gel medium, and water, I added stamped details to the corners with orange and white paint, using a harlequin stamp and bubble wrap. The image of the lady with the parasol was transferred using an inkjet/gel medium transfer. I finished the piece by adding a half white flower with teal text stamped upon it to the right edge, as well as tracing inside and around the image of the lady with charcoal pencil. I signed the piece using a thin black Sharpie.