Quilled Summer Heart.
It’s autumn here, in Romania, and October just brings out the best of this season. Nothing compares to the beautiful colors the leaves are turning, in all the gorgeous shades of yellow, red and orange. The rich colors of the fall foliage and the crisp weather is what makes this my favorite time of the year! It also inspired me to create this quilled painting, but with elements belonging to the summer. Yep, I just can’t help it… Due to the fact that 90% of my work consists in quilling flowers, I sometimes feel like I am living a permanent summer!
I tried a few new things for this project, like the daisies and the rose hip. This is the very first time I used 1mm wide paper strips for the daisy petals and, even if I thought I began to master the process of working with such narrow paper strips, the procedure ended up being very time consuming and tedious. 1mm paper strips definitely work best for making tight coils because they are easier to handle and shape.
The rose hip is also something new and I really enjoyed creating these fruits. I used 160gsm paper, hand cut into 2mm wide paper strips. Once the two halves were glued and stemmed, I coated them with a layer of glossy water based varnish to make them look more realistic.
The wheat and the strawberry flowers are old ideas which I’ve used before in another project – gifts of summer – but this time I think I did a better job. For the wheat ears I used 120gsm, hand cut into 2mm wide paper strips and for the white flowers petals 1mm wide paper strips.
I eventually framed the composition in a 23cm * 23cm shadowbox frame, and changed the black background into a sky blue one:
I hope you liked my quilled summer heart! All your comments and suggestions are more than welcome!
Thank you for your visit!