I was trying to find ways to use up scrap paper and this is something that popped into my head late last night. The end result was this paper quilled purple jellyfish.
The concept was to make a 3D jellyfish – testing out the methods that would produce the most realistic and artistic look. So this is my test jellyfish and I think it’s pretty cute. Definitely have some ideas on how to take this to the next level.
I created my jellyfish by cutting out a dome shaped piece of paper. I used a wooden dowel to curl it into a slight cup shape which allowed me to glue down the outer edges, but leave the straight front edge lifted up off the paper. It’s actually close to .75″ high so I have to test frames to find one to fit it. The entire piece is 5×7″.
I used a combination of gilded and regular paper to make the tentacles. Hindsight is 20/20, and I should have made the cap smaller to allow for longer tentacles for a more proportionate look.
You can get gilded paper from JJ Quilling in the UK or from various resellers in the US. JJ Quilling has a really big selection and if you order in bulk, it helps to justify the shipping costs. As always, it’s cheaper to have stuff sent TO the US from the UK than to send TO the UK. By a factor of like 300% to 500%. It’s ridiculous and leaves me scratching my head every single time.
Gluing this down was a pain because I just tried to tack down pieces as I went. This wasn’t ideal, but I felt it was necessary so I could position the tentacles as I worked instead of dry fitting them and then trying to get them back into the same position for a final gluing like I do on a lot of my other pieces.
Do you like this jellyfish? See more of my artwork in my portfolio galleries.
Check out my new line of quilled cats on Etsy – The Fat Cats.
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