A moment of madness

In a moment of madness (or – to be more truthful – a series of crazy afternoons), I quilled this:

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What can I tell you about it? Well, I’ve used marbled paper, embossed paper, straight lines, open coils, tight coils, cones … plus a couple of little cylinders rolled from paper that I had first punched shapes out of. (Maybe I’ll write something about these later.)

As so often happens, I made it up as I went along. It was fun. I learned a lot. It’s probably quite insane. But never mind – it makes me smile.

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Marvellous marbling!

HlT5VbIn my last post, I shared some details about how I have been quilling with some of the gorgeous hand-marbled paper that I’ve recently bought. It is very easy to roll after being cut into strips, but I also wanted to try using it as a background to some open ring coils – and this is the result!

For each petal of this ‘floral creation’, I made a ring coil using 3mm purple strip, wrapped four times around a dowel, gluing along the whole length of the strip as I wrapped. After removing it from the dowel, I shaped it into an oval, then wrapped it four times around with gilt-edged gold strip. (I find you need to wrap an outline strip several times for it really to make a visual impact.) The resulting ring coil was very strong and easy to glue firmly on to the marbled paper. I made sure to spend some time selecting an ‘interesting’ section of the marbled pattern that would be framed by the ring. Once the glue had dried, it was simply a matter of trimming closely around the outside of the ring with scissors.

For the green sections of the piece, I tried to create some unusual foliage by threading tightly coiled tendrils through the apex holes of four loosely formed Pixie-Hood Loops. Pixie-Hood Looping is a technique found in antique quilling which has recently been endorsed as an officially recognised quilling shape by The Quilling Guild.

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I am pleased with the impact of the shapes and colours in this piece, and am now looking around for a suitable box frame in which to mount it. Hopefully this will end up for sale in the cabinet which I’m proud to say now contains several other pieces of my work at Gallery Fifty Five.

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Quilling with marbled paper

DSCF6584I’m always on the look-out for potential new quilling materials, so was delighted to make the acquaintance of a hand-marbled paper supplier last week at the fabulous Taunton Flower Show. Marshall and Fuller produce an amazing range of uniquely patterned papers whose weight is ideal for quilling applications, so I just had to treat myself by buying a sheet to play with.

DSCF6587Here’s a photo of a section of the sheet that I bought … yes, with a pattern like that it was guaranteed to get the creative ‘juices’ flowing! What’s more, I was assured by the manufacturer that the colours do not run in contact with PVA glue or varnish, so I just couldn’t wait to start experimenting. First, I cut some 3mm wide strips and backed them by gluing standard quilling strips in complementary colours along their length. When dry, this produced some very substantial strips – patterned on one side – which held their coil beautifully after rolling. Here, you can see the lovely effect that quilling with these produced:

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Then, I tried rolling up some long triangular sections of the paper to make some beads, and I’m absolutely thrilled with the result! The little sections of pattern combine together in a really attractive and interesting way, and (although I say it myself), I think these earrings are absolutely stunning!

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I just can’t wait to experiment some more, so watch this space …