I made this quilled floral State of Maine during a time that I was inspired by an Australian quilling artist that I believe is Justine Kuran. Her signature style is creating quilled art using layered flowers. In this case I just wanted to try making flowers because it’s something I rarely do.
I have now made four Maine’s:
- Green State of Maine with Rivers
- Yarmouth Maine Monogram
- Black and White State of Maine
- Floral State of Maine (this one!)
I think I like this one the best as it was very feminine and worked with the negative space of the state’s shape instead of filling in the interior. My second favorite was the black state I made for a customer to give his wife on their wedding day. That one was 11×14 and 1/4″ deep, whereas my first Maine was with 1/8″ paper. As you will come to know, I prefer 1/4″ over 1/8″ any day. Especially when it comes to artwork I’m selling. It has more depth and shadowing and presence than 1/8″ paper.
The techniques I used for this piece were really a matter of creating the outline of the state and then creating flowers to fill in around the outside. I went on Google to look for simple flower ideas for some and for others I dreamed up my own pattern. In the end it was more a matter of balancing sizes and textures and positions than anything. I put a swirly red heart in the center because, of course, I love my State.