Sweet, sweet curiosity.

This blog is all about things I have made. You can find intense embroidery, paper quilling mania, crazy gingerbread houses, masks, puppets, steampunk clothes, ornaments, wackiness and sculptures on this site. So have fun and check it out!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

A Quiller Elephant for mom...

Hey Folks,

Well this one was fun.. I spent quite awhile researching elephants ( which is always fun!) and also looking up jungle scenes. 
 I think this is a really nice gesture for my clients mom...




Tuesday, October 15, 2013

"Love is" a Textatic Quilling piece

 This piece started as commission, I was asked to create a piece surrounding the words "Love is". I got a good idea and I went with it, but I realized a half day into it, that it really didn't represent what my client wanted.  So I stopped working on this and began working on something else for her, however I then went back and finished this.  I sold this piece at an Auction to raise funds for a program that I have talked about before on my blog, The Es Artes Project in Suchitoto, El Salvador.  I went down to El Salvador for 6 and a half weeks to teach kids at an Art school down there. It was a life changing experience for me, so I thought this piece fit very nicely with the fundraiser.

 I created this piece by starting with a watercolour of a rose, I then used similar coloured paper over top of the image to create the "almost invisible" effect of the lettering.  I really like this style and would love to do more pieces like it. Even if it did take a realllly long time!


Friday, October 11, 2013

A Quiller Scotty Dog

 I had this idea to create some pieces that used an animal silhouette accompanied by the sound that they created.  I drew up about 15 different sketches and this is the one I liked the most so I went with it.  I might like it the most because it is a Scotty Dog and I have a Scotty. And boy, does my Scotty bark! He also "Harumphs" but that was a bit silly I thought.
 I played around with different ideas to fill in the silhouette but eventually it came down to what a lot of our accessories for my Scottish pup look like ; plaid.  I didn't really follow any specific plaid, because I was not sure how this was going to work out exactly but it's pretty simple looking, however it was actually pretty difficult to fill it all in. 
Look at them eyebrows!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Biggest Quilling piece I have made yet!

 This piece was a commission for a woman who wanted her and husband's initials quilled between a yin/ying of fire and water. This piece is really kind of neat because it is actually a tattoo that both of them share.  This piece is HUGE for me. It is way bigger than I have ever created before, and took me a loooooonnnngg time to create!
 I used watercolour first, so that the colours were really saturated.  I especially wanted the black to read really black. I then painted everything to look like flames and water before I started any of the quillng. 
 This was a really neat piece to create and figuring out how to ship it was equally a conundrum. I create my pieces on matte board, but the size of this was 36" x 18" and I desperately didn't want any warping to happen in shipping, so I created a foam core box for it, then put two cardboard square tube boxes flat across the back that kept it rigid.  When the client received it she said it was like Fort Knox to get into, but at least it got there safe!