Sweet, sweet curiosity.

This blog is all about things I have made. I happen to be on a paper quilling kick right now, but you can find intense embroidery, crazy gingerbread houses, steampunk clothes, ornaments, wackiness and sculptures on this site. So have fun and check it out!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Quiller Mandala - reflection time.

 I am not one of those people who typically spend a lot time on self reflection or meditation, it's simply not my bag.  However, I had done a little reading on Mandala's and healing and thought "I could do that. It might be outside of my realm of comfortable but I could try." So I drew up a mandala on AutoCAD and started painting into it.  I focused on blue tones because according to the internet that is a healing mandala.  I had a lot of fun creating it, it was puzzling at times and quite intricate as well. This piece is up for sale on my etsy site if you like it!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Full of mind, or not at all...

 This piece was a bit of a triumph. I say this because I did it twice.  The first time, I finished it and sent it off, only to become aware that "Mindfullness", is in fact spelled Mindfulness with one "L".  It was embarrassing and ironic, because I was in fact, not being mindful as I created the piece.  It was very humbling and it taught me a lot of lessons.  One thing is for sure, I will be checking and triple checking my spelling on everything. It has also shown me the importance of sharing my sketches with the client before I send it out, that way they have approval before I carry through the labour intensive part of quilling. 
It has also shown me that life is more fragile than you think. I was going through a rough patch in my life, and I had thought that I was doing all right, but clearly my life problems were spilling into my work. This also became evident in my day job as well. However, How can a person know how they will deal with stress or grief until they experience it? I learned for myself one of the results of being under that kind of duress is that things slip through the cracks.  I was lucky to have such a patient and understanding client while this was going on and she is quite happy with the pieces now that they are correct!  

 I do still really like this piece, and I think, I liked it even better the second time around. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

20 Sweet years...

This piece was inspired by a Yulia Brodskaya piece. With the same idea in mind I created this piece all in white featuring the number 20. This is apparently going to be the front of a program for a 20th anniversary celebration!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Tutorial for a Mot mot Bird pinata!!! for a Fundraiser you should come to!

This Pinata was created for a Silent Auction for a Fundraising event happening on Oct. 6th, at the Tom Patterson theatre in Stratford, Ontario.  The event is being held to raise funds for a school and theatre in Suchitoto, El Salvador, where they are creating a theatre so that they can bring in tourism, keep the kids away from gangs and to promote the arts in that country. For more information please check out the Suchitoto Cabaret facebook page. You can also buy tickets at the Stratford Festival Website. So please come and if not at least check it out and perhaps donate!

 Inside the pinata will be Latin American Candies which I had to go to Toronto to get! I would have liked to find purely El Salvadorean but they are not readily available in Canada.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Lover Ducky you're the one!

This is probably the oddest piece I have ever created.  This piece was created for a family who's father had gotten remarried and they wanted to celebrate the two families coming together. I understand from the messages that both the husband and wife were characters and they were interested in some fascinating hobbies. The husband really liked fixing up this awesome car and the wife had an extensive rubber ducky collection.  So that's how ended up with the images in this piece.

Hey man, who am I to judge? I've got a lot of Scotty Dog Paraphernalia...

I drew this and I was going to quill the car and the ducky as well, but they just didn't read as nice as when they were in just watercolour so this is how the piece ended up. After drawing this car, I applaud the people who can draw cars so easily. It's quite challenging especially when literally this is the first detailed drawing and watercolour of a car I have ever done.

Anyhoo, I wish the happy couple, happy days for the years to come.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A Crunchy Mountain.

I must say that this was my most painful piece to create.  My crunchy technique for creating texture, while interesting, is not easy on the hands, especially after filling an 11 x 14 sized piece of it.  I do like this piece though, I created it as a first anniversary gift ( that's the paper year...) for a couple who got married on the top of this mountain. 
Also hidden in the crunchy texture is the date in which they got married. Can you find it? It's like "where's waldo!"

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Floral Quilling for Glade Run

This is my second piece for Glade Run Lutheran Services. This piece was intended to be used as part of their video series called "stories of impact". I don't think that the videos are up yet, but you should check out their site especially if you live in the Pittsburgh area.
I included several different types of flowers that grow in front of their campus including  Blue Horizon Ageratum, Red Celosias, and snapdragons.