Birds

Hummingbird Theme Letter B Monogram

Hummingbird Theme Letter B Monogram

A month or so ago the President of the Guild of American Papercutters contacted me to create a monogram for their Director of Outreach. This was a gift being given to her at the annual conference. She provided me with a photograph of a wedding…

Pair of Cardinals in Berry Bush

Pair of Cardinals in Berry Bush

One of my husband’s co-workers was interested in getting a custom piece made. My husband – being my biggest cheerleader – always shows the guys my artwork and most of the time I think they probably just “ooh” and “aah” out of respect for him.…

Quilled Illinois State Redbird

Quilled Illinois State Redbird

This quilled Illinois State Redbird was a gift for a recent graduate. I’m not sure if the recipient loved it, but her mother definitely did. This wasn’t a really complex design, but pretty much everything looks beautiful filled in with elegant quilled scrollwork.

Paper Quilled Poppycock

Paper Quilled Poppycock

I have a thing for hybrid artwork. And when I say “hybrid” I mean in both the sense of multi-media as well as combining two separate and unique themes. This Paper Quilled Poppycock combines quilled poppies with a quilled peacock. Two of my favorite subjects!…

Paper Quilled Baltimore Oriole

Paper Quilled Baltimore Oriole

I’ve been quilling birds almost since day one. There is something about their body shape and the texture of their feathers that really lends well to this style of art. This Paper Quilled Baltimore Oriole was the second quilled bird I created during my Christmas…

Paper Quilled Blue Jay

Paper Quilled Blue Jay

In December of 2017 we had a rain storm and it caused a lot of ice buildup. A blue jay landed on a cast-iron plant hanger I had outside and I snapped a photo of him. I entered the photo into a local contest and…

Quilled Cardinal With Holly

Quilled Cardinal With Holly

Aside from cats, cardinals are the animal that I have created the most. This Quilled Cardinal With Holly is the fourth cardinal I’ve made and actually was the last. I do hope to get time to make some more at some point as they’re always…

Paper Quilled Phoenix | Version 2

Paper Quilled Phoenix | Version 2

This is my Paper Quilled Phoenix | Version 2. I say this because it’s a replica of “Rising Phoenix” – a piece I created in December of 2014. I’m really glad I had the opportunity to recreate one of my favorite pieces, partly because it’s…

Quilled Whimsical Purple Owl

Quilled Whimsical Purple Owl

This Quilled Whimsical Purple Owl is just the sweetest little thing. I made it for a customer who wanted something fun and less realistic. Her preferred theme color was purple. I have made two other fantasy-type owls in the past and wanted to improve upon…

Paper Quilled Peacock Fish | Peafish

Paper Quilled Peacock Fish | Peafish

Sometimes I get ideas and try them out and they work. I have a particular affinity for “blended” creations. A subject that is comprised of two unique and unrelated concepts. The Paper Quilled Peacock Fish or as it was originally named “Peafish” is one of…

Paper Quilled Phoenix Logo

Paper Quilled Phoenix Logo

One of my most prominent pieces was a phoenix that I made in either late 2015 or early 2016. It depicted a phoenix rising out of flames and has been one of my most sought-after pieces ever. So it wasn’t surprising that this customer contacted…

Paper Quilled Scrollwork Chickadee | Black-Capped

Paper Quilled Scrollwork Chickadee | Black-Capped

In December of 2017 I was in a sort of scrollwork fanaticism phase! That’s where this Paper Quilled Scrollwork Chickadee came from along with a plethora of other creatures like elephants and rainbow trout. I was trying out every animal I could think of to…

Hybrid Quilled Scrollwork Cardinal

Hybrid Quilled Scrollwork Cardinal

Don’t you just love this hybrid quilled scrollwork Cardinal? I did a whole series of these back in the fall of 2016. The goal was to make a simple scrollwork animal and then finish the piece off with pen and ink. In this case the…

Quilled Great Blue Heron | In Reeds

Quilled Great Blue Heron | In Reeds

The Quilled Great Blue Heron in Reeds is the second time I’ve created a GBH, and the difference between the two – although only a year or two apart – really make me proud of how far I’ve come with this artform. This heron was…

Paper Quilled Colorful Rooster

Paper Quilled Colorful Rooster

I think half the women I know have collected roosters at one point in their lives. So when one of my clients asked me to make this Paper Quilled Colorful Rooster for his wife’s birthday gift, it didn’t really surprise me. Roosters are gorgeous and…