A few weeks ago I receveid a special order: I was asked to create a quilled painting for a psychotherapy and counselling clinic. The person who requested this wanted a bright and cheerful picture.
With no other details, I embarked on my creational journey with my fingers crossed and a little bit nervous.
After one week I had nothing… just a bunch of quilled flowers in random patters, sizes and colors. Why do creational block sets in in the worst possible moment?!
I decided to take a break and leave all my paper strips behind at least for the week-end. Since the weather was so beautiful on that Sunday, my boyfriend and I went for a walk in the park. On our way, we passed by a flower shop and there I saw the most beautiful bouquet of daisies! At that point I knew my project will revolve around these happy, white flowers. Next week I did a little bit of research on colors and how they can affect ones mood, considering the fact that my painting will be hanged in a clinic. I know this could sound a little bit too thorough, but I simply needed more inspiration, plus I always like learning new things.
So, according to http://psychology.about.com, here are a few positive effects different colors can have on people:
– calls to mind feelings of calmness or serenity. It is often described as peaceful, tranquil, secure, and orderly;
– can also lower the pulse rate and body temperature.
– represents purity or innocence;
– can create a sense of space or add highlights.
– is a bright color that is often described as cheery and warm.
– is a cool color that symbolizes nature and the natural world;
– is thought to relieve stress and help heal;
– is often used in decorating for its calming effect.
After reading all these, I already had the design in my head: a quilled daisy field under a sunny blue sky.
And this is the end result, I hope you like it!
Initially, I didn’t plan to make any insect, but I felt the picture was too static and I decided to add a little bee. This fluffy bee was created using this easy-to-follow tutorial by Lora.34. Continue reading →