With this post I'm finishing the three-part tutorial on making quilled poppies. If you haven't seen the previous parts, here's the full list:
- Instructions for making quilled petals using husking;
- How to make the centers using the fringed flower technique and assemble the flowers;
- How to make the foliage (husking) and the dandelion flower (fringed flower).
1. Take three 1.5-2'' long green strips — the stems — and glue them together at one end. Place them on a cork board so that they diverge, and secure in place with pins.
2. Now you'll need one green and one olive green strips, both 24'' (60cm) in length. Glue the ends of these strips down at the point where the diverging strips meet. Start zigzagging the two strips, fixing them with pins and gluing to the "stem" strips as you go.
Note: Glue the two strips wherever they touch the stems. In order to do this, first glue down the olive (inner), and then the green (outer) strip.
3. Cut off excess strips. You're done.
For the dandelion flower you will need a 12''-long (30cm) yellow strip and a 2''-long (5cm) green strip, about 3/8''(1cm) in width both.
1. Glue the strips together to make a single strip. Cut jags into the green part from its end to the middle, and then a fringe all the way to the other end of the yellow part.
2. Roll the fringe onto a quilling tool starting from the yellow end.
3. Bend the jags, but not the fringe, down.
4. Open up the flower as you would normally do with a fringed flower.
The leaf of the dandelion is paper-cut, I used embossing to add some dimension to it.
Now you need only to choose a background, assemble the composition and mount it. So, add missing stems — three for the poppies and one for the dandelion, arrange the elements as you like, glue everything down. Frame the finished piece. That's it, hope you've enjoyed this tutorial.