On another post I gave the advice of always photographing your work whether or not you think you really need to. And this Paper Quilled Chickadee Pair is another really good example of why it’s a good idea. I made these at some point in the fall of 2014, but I’m not exactly sure when. They were my first birds and the first truly “large” piece I ever created. I felt like a superstar when I was done with this.
So even though the picture is really crappy and grainy and taken in terrible light, I have a permanent records of one of the first things I made. If only I’d been smart and snapped and saved more photos of the artwork I produced during this and the subsequent year.
This piece is roughly 8″ x 10″ x 1/8″ and is mounted on a sheet of ivory cardstock. I used pretty basic techniques for it, the most advanced being the “spiral” branch. Those are a pain in the BUTT! (And I avoid doing that if possible)
I outlined the chickadee’s bodies with standard weight 1/8″ quilling paper. That was tricky. I did it on a workboard and used quilting pins. It was pretty time-intensive. I combed both wings and made zig-zag loops for the tails. The eyes were tight coils. All the rest was just closed coils stuffed into shapes made to fit the areas that needed fill.
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