Ever since I was a child I coveted paper, love isn't a strong enough word here. My mom was a preschool teacher at the church's preschool when I was in Middle School. She had a parent that owned a printing business and she came home with a stack of scraps from them. Colors of paper I hadn't seen before like coral and lavender. Michaels and AC Moore didn't exist. After much begging she gave me the little stack after taking what she could use. I sat and carefully used bits of it sparingly for various projects. I'm a paper hoarder as well....I might as well come clean. Somewhere up in my stash that little stack exists to some degree. I've used most of it, but I guard my pretty paper as well! I love the textures, colors and patterns of paper. I love that it is natural and I feel a connection to something when I create with paper. It sounds crazy I'm sure, but the fact is I love trees and nature and knowing the paper I'm using was once a living thing makes me have some reverence for the product. Crazy, I told you.
|My crazy stash of quilling strips and fringed ones I sit and cut for flowers.|
So now you can see my obsession with paper. I've cut, pasted, drawn. painted, glued, decoupage and printed on it. I can't imagine life without it's versatility. Recently I took up a craft I did as a small child with my grandmother and great- grandmother. Quilling (or as some people call it paper twirling) is a very old art form.
|my mess is all contained in a 12x12 box. Looks messy doesn't it? Part of the fun I guess!|
I love the way I can take small strips of paper and transform them into eye candy!I'm sharing some pictures of a heart I made for our front mirror and an initial piece I made to frame in our entry.
Enjoy and please check by again as I will be adding many more quilling projects for this new year!
|a sideway shot of the heart I made for the mirror in the entryway.|
|Close up of the point|
|I added lots of swirls and flowers to give dimension to this heart.|
|"K" initial that I'll frame for the entry|
|My connecting strips aren't perfect here. I still need to improve but it was my first try! Practice makes perfect.|
So there you have some shots of some very beginner work in quilling. It's tedious, time consuming and fun. I love projects that require precise work and time and this is a perfect medium for me. I also do Scherensnitte or paper cuttings. I am working on a project right now that combines both of these mediums and hope to show you that piece next week!
Enjoy and please email me with any questions you might have. I love feedback and especially sharing ideas in the crafting world! Thanks for reading.
Until next time Dear Reader,
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