July 29, 2008

Under the sea: kids' quilling picture

Sea world: quilled picture

A picture like this can be created together with children using the paper quilling technique. We called this one "Under the sea", and it features sea animals and creatures: fish, a seahorse, an octopus, seashells, sponge tubes, a jellyfish, and a starfish (sea star).

Quilled fish and tube sponge

Together with my kids painted the background using water colors. Then I quilled the animals and let the kids glue them onto the picture. Most of the quilling designs are from Twirled Paper: Make Almost Anything With Simple Paper Strips (Klutz), which is an awesome book I highly recommend. There are also a few simple designs I created myself, for example the seahorse and some kinds of fish.

Quilled jelly fish

Most of the elements of this picture can be made using the basic quilling shapes: the eye, the leaf, the half circle, the moon, the teardrop, etc. If you're new to quilling, check out my instructions for making basic quilling shapes.

Quilled fish and seashell Quilled octopus and seahorse

UPDATE: A free excerpt from the book (PDF) can be downloaded here. It includes the instructions for making an octopus and angel fish.


PaperDelite said...

This is too good. Lovely effects.. It great how you've used quilling here.

Inna D. said...

Thank you, Archana :)

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