Quilled Red Dahlias in a Shadowbox Frame

I know it’s been a while since I last posted something or commented on other blogs, but I have a very good excuse for this: we’re on holiday! We’ve been in Iasi for a week to visit Lucian’s parents and leave behind all the hussle and bustle from Bucharest.

Of course, visiting people meant I had to prepare a few presents which I must confess I enjoyed so much working on them!

The idea for this framed quilled picture took shape after I did the flower for the Homyachok challenge. The flower turned out pretty big and I loved it so much that I knew it will become one day a part of a bigger project. So I quilled 2 more dahlias initially, remade the twigs because I wanted them to pop-out and added a butterfly. But… I always change the design in the last minute, so this is the end result:

Tomorrow we’re going to the seaside until the week-end so I won’t be able to reply to any emails. I wish you all a lovely holiday!

A few close-up photos: Continue reading →

Homyachok Quilling Challenge – Guest Designer

Yesterday the results for Homyachok challenge #1 were announced and I am happy to say that I was chosen guest designer for the 3rd challenge!  (my entry was a Red Dahlia)

It was a very pleasant and totaly unexpected surprise. Thank you for this opportunity! I feel honored and so happy to be a part of  this team of talented people.

 Make sure to keep checking the blog and play along!

Happy Quilling!

Manuela

P.S. One of my hamsters wants to say ‘Hi!’ 🙂

 

Quilled Daisy Field under a Sunny, Blue Sky

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:

*Blue
– 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.

*White
– represents purity or innocence;
– can create a sense of space or add highlights.

*Yellow
– is a bright color that is often described as cheery and warm.

*Green
– 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!

Quilled Daisy Field under a Sunny, Blue Sky

 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 →

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