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I started this blog on November 23, 2009 just because I wanted to chronicle my artistic endeavors and see "in black and white" how many different directions my artistic brain would go.  I challenged myself to try different mediums and that this blog could be a platform to post my achievements and failures.  I cannot believe it's been six years now!  Over the past 6 years I've learned a few things from writing this blog:
1.  Art is in my blood, I will always be thinking or doing something artistic
2.  About 80% of my work turns out better than the original idea
3.  I am not a fast artist, I have to start on an idea and then let it sit for a while
4.  It's OK that my "artsy" brain sometimes goes in 1,000 different directions at once
With all of this said I now consider myself a mixed media artist because I a lot of my talents cross over into other projects I've already started; It's a great life and I wouldn't change anything about my crazy artistic brain!  


Sunday, January 10, 2010

Quilling if willing!

My sister-in-law knows that I like arts and crafts stores. I never know what is going to inspire me or what I'm going to want to try next. This past summer when we were visiting my sister-in-law in Wisconsin she took me to this neat arts and crafts store. I forgot the name of it but we don't have them here in Virginia. I wandered every aisle slowly. Then I walked down this aisle with paper for quilling. Interesting. Quilling.

But I didn't buy anything to get started. It looked very interesting but because I didn't know the first thing about it I decided to get a book and read up on it first.

(From Wikipedia)
Quilling or paper filigree is an art that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs. The paper is wound around a quill to create a basic coil shape. The paper is glued at the tip and the coil shaped, these shaped coils are arranged to form flowers, leaves, and various ornamental patterns similar to ironwork.

I now have 4 books, quilling paper and a quilling tool. I have practiced a few techniques and it is surprisingly easy.
On page 26 of the book Quilled Borders and Motifs by Judy Cardinal I fell in love with the rose trellis. I decided to create a lattice for my roses instead.
Then I made the individual leaves and roses before assembling it. The roses were kind of difficult because it involved more than just making a coil. The very first rose I attempted was the red one and I think this one turned out the best.
Then I assembled everything. I'm not sure if I'm finished yet. I wanted to do a lot more roses and creeping vines but I really like the simplicity of this.

The last book I ordered on quilling, and received about a week ago, is called Thrilling Quilling by Elizabeth Moad. I haven't tried any of the projects yet but isn't this "beach life" fantastic!! I love the yellow starfish.

This book has hundreds of cute and innovative designs from little baby footprints to bugs and a fairy queen. Of course my favorite is the black cat.


So stay tuned! But right now there is a feud of sorts going on in my head... do I quill or watercolor? Lately watercoloring has won out.
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