I need help choosing a medium to express my undying love to my beautiful wife.
TRADITIONAL BACKSTORY, I CHOOSE YOU!!:
My wife is quite the handcrafter. Primarily scrapbooking, crochet, and cross-stitch work. She spent 3 months on a fairly large cross-stitch pattern of the Hogwarts crest for me. It's amazingly detailed. She, in return, wants me to put my artsy side to work for her Christmas present. I used to draw quite a bit, although I was never 'good', and I've dabbled in painting and chalk and pastel scribbles.
So, I was thinking I'd craft her up an image of a peaceful country cottage, nerdy'd up with gaming references scattered about. (Master sword and shield and a pair of muddy boots on the porch, for example). My hang up is thus - I want it to be decently impressive, and to me that makes me think I should paint it, but I'm also pretty terribad at painting.
I feel like I'm probably not of such a skill level that this will turn out well either way, but since the previous drawing I did for her a few years ago (when she was pregnant with our first child, it was essentially a single line profile of a pregnant woman with some sappy love quote) is her point of reference, she's not expecting much either.
SO! Can anyone recommend me a medium that would give an impressive classy-feeling result, without being overly complicated? Can I use pastels on a canvas? I could just illustrate it out with good old pencil and ink it in when I'm satisfied with the lines, and while it would give me the best results, it feels too plain a presentation to be a gift. Are there such a thing as paint-pens that would give me the ability to draw out my idea but still present as painted texture?