At the time I created this Paper Quilled Hamsa Hand, I was just experimenting with techniques and themes. I had always been a fan of Justin Kuran’s art and I guess in a way she inspired me to create this.
It was the first time I ever really tried cutting out the background from colored paper, so it was a learning experience in and of itself. Soon after it was made, a woman contacted me about buying it. She was a friend of a friend and her situation was very tragic. She was only a few years older than me, but was dying of terminal colon cancer.
So, I gave her the piece and she showed it off on Facebook. It felt good knowing she was filling her life with thing that made her happy at the end.
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To create the hamsa hand I traced out the hand and cut it out of blue cardstock. Then I traced out a pink flower and cut that out of cardstock. I glued the flower to the hand and then began outlining. This was in the time before edging strips were available commercially, so I used regular weight 1/4″ quilling paper. I filled the hand it various shapes.