It was my brother's birthday yesterday so I made him a card. I drew/painted a koi carp. My brother is very interested in Japanese culture, and koi have associations with male strength, good fortune and perseverance in Japanese symbolism. So they seemed a pretty good thing to draw for him!
I also made him a koi wallhanging. I drew the koi onto white fabric with fabric pens. I'm really enjoying using my fabric pens! Then I cut it out and appliqued it onto navy cotton fabric.
I embroidered some ripple details with pale blue thread. I sewed up the sides, made channels at the top and bottom, and put pieces of bamboo into the channels so it could be hung up.
I'm very pleased with how it came out!