DIY Home | Screen printing: Yin-Yang Koi

Homemade screen printing project on archival art paper with a Yin-Yang Koi image in two colors.


DIY Home | Table refinished with positive affirmation messages

Bathroom coup d’état redesign project that included an antique wash basin table refinished with positive affirmation messages: “Carpe Diem” | “Pluck the day as it is ripe…” by Horace & the serpent’s messages to Eve about trying the forbidden fruit in the garden of Eden: “Ye shall not surely die… In the day ye eat thereof… Your eyes shall be opened…”

DIY home | Hand embroidered patch

For a personalized gift, I handmade an embroidered name patch for a classic car fanatic. Buttons or more embroidery embellishments can be added for other looks, but I kept this one simple to go with the vintage mechanic look.

DIY home | Prismatic light window drop

Mirrors and prisms can be used for reflecting natural daylight into a room to create an uplifting mood and add a touch of bohemian style and color.

A DIY home window drop can easily be made using crystals, art beads, or Swarovski elements that are strung or sewn together with colored ribbon and thread. (Or try making a curtain of several drops.)

Swarovski crystal elements and other supplies are easy to buy online or at a crafts store.

DIY home | Footstool reupholstery

A simple DIY project for your home is reupholstering furniture. All you need is a staple gun and the material you want to use.

Upgrading a vanity seat with acid-yellow cowhide added a punch of color that coordinated with other items in my room.


DIY gifts | 2014 Annal: Koi for Tanner

As a holiday gift, I made an “annal” with thoughts and images of 2014. I used a small framed bulletin board as a base and composed a picture using a style similar to a traditional Japanese method called “Kirigami” that involves cutting and folding paper to make images.

For this project, I cut all of the shapes and patterns from newspaper and I selected an article from the L.A.Times as a backdrop to summarize some of the meaningful moments in books, art and life for 2014. The other inspiration was a “yin-yang” of two koi fish swimming upstream and against the current. I made some initial sketches for the koi as a reference before I started cutting and also had a vintage Japanese dish/platter as inspiration for some of the water patterns. On the back I attached a personal note and picture from the year as a memory of 2014.

LATimesBooks 2014 in Review: David L. Ulin looks at the year in books – LA Times