Sometimes my customers are friends of friends, and this is how I ended up with the commission for this beautiful Paper Quilled Zentangle Lobster.
Right around the time that my father’s house burned down, a good friend of his – who just happens to be a local lobsterman – was helping us out a lot. He was a great friend to my dad so when he asked me to make him a quilled lobster, I was really thrilled at the opportunity.
The story behind this piece is that the lobsterman had a daughter who died of brain cancer when she was very young. It was a tragedy the family never fully recovered from. His daughter’s favorite colors were purple, orange, and blue. Hence why I chose these particular colors to represent the zentangled crustacean.
This quilled lobster is 14″ long – by far one of the largest pieces I have made so far. Although he looks fantastic in a frame, it’s hard to choose which way to present him as he is rather narrow.
My quilled lobster was created with 1/4″ quilling strips. I outlined his entire body before filling it in with different textures and designs. I used a combination of beehive, scrollwork, and regular quills to fill him in. It was a lot like actual zentangling in the end, as each body part needed a different “look” and to achieve that I had to create different “fills.”
He is mounted on 300gsm watercolor paper and preserved with a UV acrylic protectant spray.
Other creations that I made in the zentangle style include my Snowflake Cardinal among others. I’ve always wanted to recreate this lobster for my own personal collection. Who knows, maybe 2020 is the year to do just that!