July 30, 2011

My kid's quilling — dragonfly

Dragonfly, paper quilling

My children love quilling just like I do, and I keep saying this craft is suitable for kids. Here's just one example. Some time ago my eldest daughter who is 8 years old created this blue dragonfly. She saw me making the flower with curled petals, and wanted to use the same technique for dragonfly's wings. She used the standard 1/8"-wide quilling strips (hand-cut). The dragonfly measures about 2 3/8" (6 cm) in length, 2 1/8" (5.5 cm) wingspan.

Those of you who are going to try quilling with children might like the article Paper quilling for kids: 10 tips I wrote earlier. Links to other examples of quilled insect designs can be found in this round-up post: Insects — quilling designs.

By the way, when I say "my children" that means also two 6-year-olds, including a boy :)

July 9, 2011

Lilac flowers and butterfly, framed paper quilling

Lilac and swallowtail - quilling picture

This quilling picture was a present for my mom's birthday a few months back. I had been planning to create a picture that would feature lilac flowers for a long time, and even started making a stock of them — you need a lot for a project like this. Eventually I had a chance to complete this project. I love lilacs very much, they are so beautiful, and the scent is lovely. Unfortunately, lilacs don't grow in Israel.

July 1, 2011

Quilling: Flower arrangement in beige

Quilled flower arrangement

Recently I've created this relatively simple flower arrangement, as a gift. It's almost monochromatic, in tints of brown and beige. For this project I used a new technique — the one the large curled petals were made with.