Describe a gift for someone that took you a long time to prepare
You should say:
What it was;
Who it was for;
Why it took you so long to prepare;
And explain how he or she reacted to your gift.
15.花费长时间准备的礼物（疑似低频题）（为妈妈过生日准备了一幅自己填充色彩画的油画， 由于需要填充的色彩多，所以花了快一个月时间才完成，不过妈妈很喜欢。本题素材与Part2“色 彩丰富的地方”串联，同时包含“学会的实用技能”首段内容。）
So far, the gift that I spent the most time preparing was a painting. I made it during a summer holiday two years ago. At the time, my mom’s birthday was coming up. I thought that no gift is more genuine than a gift I make myself. So I decided to draw something for her.
I was obsessed with learning how to paint during that time, and I happened to find a kind of DIY painting kit94 on the internet. So I bought a landscape painting kit95 to have a try. Since my mom loves flowers, I made a landscape painting with tons of tulips blooming in all kinds of colors. Tulips with the same color are all painted in the same section. And the sections are arranged in a sophisticated way to make a rainbow out of all the flowers, which looks quite breathtaking.
Although I just filled sections with colors on the painting, it’s not as easy as it sounds. The work took me a whole month on and off96. The challenge of this painting is its abundance use of colors, such as rich and deep maroon and purple as well as tulips in pure white, cream, and palest yellow. So I had to fill the colors in very carefully.
Fortunately, I finished this painting on time and it looks pretty good. My mom was also over the moon receiving this gift. Even though making it was time-consuming97, it was worth it to make the recipient happy, which definitely gave me a sense of achievement.
94 DIY painting kit:手工填充色彩的绘画工具
95 a landscape painting kit: —套风景画的工具
96 on and off:断断续续的