• D + D DIY: Garland with Leah Goren

    Dreamers + Doers highlights emerging artists, entrepreneurs, and up-and-coming ones to watch. Whether it’s starting a new business, creating something beautiful, or just daring to do things differently, we stand behind those taking steps toward something new. Our D + D DIY series brings us a unique craft from one of these talented individuals.

    This week our D + D DIY series focuses on Leah Goren, an illustrator who focuses on fun, youthful prints that show off her distinct drawing style. In the past few years, if you've spent any time at all online, you've probably seen her internet-famous cat print floating around the 'net, but these days Leah is also dabbling in ceramics and knitwear. We asked Leah to make us a garland that would look awesome but be easy enough for the most novice of crafters to complete. Here's what she made.
    Photos by Leah Goren



    1. You will need: heavy-weight paper, scissors, an exacto knife and cutting board, string, tape, and something to draw with. I'm using gouache because it's my favorite thing to paint with, but this will work with any paint, or markers, crayons, cut paper - whatever you have on hand and want to work with.





    2. Draw as many plants as you'd like on the paper. I went with 6, and used some of my little succulents as reference for the drawings. I usually draw from life or photos, but you can also just make it up.



    3. Cut out each drawing.





    4. The exacto knife is great for hard-to-reach shapes.





    5. Cut about 6 feet of string, but it may vary depending on the size of your drawings. Find the center of the string and tape it down on a table. Starting from the center, arrange each piece evenly along the string.



    6. Flip each piece over and add tape it to the string. Make sure it's taped on the upper half of the piece or it will want to flip over and not hang flat against the wall.



    7. You're done! Hang it up with a couple tacks. Easy!

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