Paper Quilled Frog Dissection | Frog Autopsy

I’ve always been a huge science buff, so it wasn’t a huge leap to create my paper quilled frog dissection piece. I also call it the Frog Autopsy, though I understand that technically speaking it’s a necropsy since it’s an animal.

During the spring of 2017 when this guy was created, I was really interested in quilled anatomical pieces. I still am, to be honest, I just haven’t had the time to produce as many as I would like.

The inspiration for Frog Autopsy came from a visit to to a local gallery where I entered my Stallion piece into a show. While touring the facility, I saw a large, partial painting of a dead frog with his guts spilling out. Road kill I assume. And that did it. I went home and immediately went to work.


Frog Autopsy is made with 1/4″ quilling strips. I used Little Circles On Edge cardstock for the outline, regular weight for the fill. The internal organs are made from 1/8″ strips. The belly skin was a piece of handmade paper I got from a local art shop. The piece is 8″ x 10″.

In the first image, he is mounted on a fiber-infused art board wrapped in tinfoil. I stuck some pins in for “realism” but they actually didn’t fit in the frame so I removed them.

The final piece was actually mounted on artboard that I spray-painted silver. I bought a matching silver mat from MatBoardsPlus.

Paper Quilled Frog Dissection

I took detailed photographs of this piece and am offering an 8×10 (or larger upon request) art prints of this piece on my Etsy shop. See this print and the other five that I offer below.

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