While I was doing my research in order to make the red poppy, I stumbled upon photos with the blue version of the flower, fell in love with it and was left with no choice but to try to quill it.
After a little bit of reading, I found out that blue poppy is part of Meconopsis genus (which translates as poppy-like) and also that there are approximately 40 species found in the Himalayas and just one is indigenous to Europe. Other common names are the Himalayan poppy and the Tibetan poppy.
After browsing through dozens of photos with blue poppies, I decided to quill a variety with 4 petals in a darker shade of blue. And this is what it looks like:
I made the petals with the husking technique (alternate side looping). I used 120gsm blue paper, hand cut into 2mm strips. The trickiest part was to recreate the flower center, especially the tip of the pistil or the stigma, mainly because it’s really tiny and it was difficult to shape it in order to look realistic. The diameter of one flower is approximately 6cm.
I also made 3 different types of buds until I finally settled for this one:
I am still not 100% happy, but I’ll let them slide for now :D. The stems are made of wire wrapped in crepe paper, hence the 3D effect. The flowers are not framed yet, I still need to deepen a shadowbox frame to accommodate the entire quilled piece. But to give you an idea on the size, the passepartout measures 15cm * 25.5cm.
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