Paper Quilling Flower Arrangement with Peonies, Magnolia and Hydrangea Flowers Wall Art
One of my most complex and time consuming paper quilling flower arrangement. This piece was a commission from a customer who wanted something larger than a floral tile. They also approached me with a definitive color palette in mind, so I had to work around it by choosing the flowers and leaves. Therefore, I decided to incorporate late Spring to early Summer blooms.
I always find it tricky when working based on a preset color palette. While my collection of paper quilling strips is by no means a modest one, I still find that I am missing on many shades. Trying to mix and match the colors I have available to come close to the customer’s wishes can sometimes become the most difficult part of all the stages that go into a project.
I am often asked how much time I spend on my quilled floral arrangements. I can never give a definitive answer because it depends on each design. The complexity, size, but also my inspiration in the moment affect the time span required to complete each piece. On this particular project, I spent a little over two weeks. I began by quilling first the larger flowers and then slowly going around them with the smaller blooms and the leaves. Usually I start from one corner and carefully fill the entire designated space. In this case it was a area of 9” x 9 ” (23 x 23 cm).
A few technical details about this piece:
I use high quality acid-free paper cut into 1 mm wide paper strips to make the delicate petals of the flowers. In order to create lifelike leaves, I like to work with a special type of handmade paper. But, most importantly, I stem each and every flower and leaf with floral wire to create a rich 3D effect. Finally, I set the whole floral arrangement in a white shadowbox frame, measuring 9 3/4” x 9 3/4” x 1 3/4” (25 x 25 x 4.5 cm). A sheet of organic glass encloses the frame to protect the flowers from dust.
Both the peony and magnolia are amongst the largest flowers from my paper quilling portfolio. They each measure approximately 3” (between 7 and 8 cm) in diameter.
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