Quilled 3D Bumble Bee

This quilled 3D bumble bee was the first bee I made, but will definitely not be the last. I have a special affinity for pollinators and since I take a ton of bee pictures during the spring and summer, I have a ton of reference material.

This guy was a ton of fun to make. He presented a lot of unique challenges and I felt like working on him allowed me to feel out some new techniques that I hadn’t tried before. One of them being the lattice-work of edgework for the wings, another being creating 3D scaffolding to bring the art up off the paper.

Quilled 3D Bumble Bee
Quilled 3D Bumble Bee

Construction

This bee is mounted on an 8″ x 10″ sheet of watercolor paper. Please note that watercolor paper will yellow over time – I did not know this when I began using it. Which is why I tend to put my more elaborate pieces on fiber-infused artboard now.

All the paper used for the bee was 1/4″ standard weight. I outlined the wings first then the body and legs. I wanted him to have a 3D look and feel so I created tubes from yellow and black strips and then cut them in half so they created a dome on the background. After the tubes dried, I applied fringed strips to them to simulate hair.


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