Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Quilled Poppy in Progress (1)


The instant I saw this pink poppy on Pinterest a couple years ago, I wanted to quill it. I'm not sure how to go about it, but plan to show you the progress as I learn.

First I printed the photo at 11x11 inches to fit a square Ikea frame. Placing tracing paper on top of the photo, I quickly traced the outline and deepest lines. Then I placed 80lb text weight white paper on top of the tracing paper so I could shine a light from below, using my DIY Tracing Light Table method.


Using my nephews' Lego, I crimped my quilling strip (my first attempt of random crumpling didn't work well). On the right end of the strip, you can see I've semi-straightened some areas to make the uniform waves more irregular. I tried my best to "trace" the print out with my strip.


Pinching a few of the curves made the evenly crimped strip a completely different animal. I also trimmed all the ends to make the petal appear to be fading away when viewed from the sides.


Here is the outline completed. To glue such a long wiggly strip can be a challenge unless you are an octopus and have 8 arms - OR you can glue it an inch at a time. I cut a plastic yogurt lid into quarters and after smearing glue on the lid, I slid it under the next section to be glued, enabling me to have full control of every inch during placement.

If you give any of these methods a try, I'd love to hear about it!

8 comments:

  1. Good idea! Waiting eagerly to see the development!

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    1. Hi Мария, I'm happy to hear you're looking forward to this project - thanks!

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  2. Wow - I have just had a quick look at the poppy on Pinterest, its beautiful and I can see why you were inspired. Love your ingenious method of gluing the strips in place. Look forward to seeing the poppy take shape.

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    1. Thanks so much KS, glad you hear you're attracted by the poppy too. Lemme know if you end up using the gluing method!

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  3. I am eager to see how you progress ,really you can write an entire book on gluing . Such a clever idea ! I always struggle with gluing when I do on edge quilling.

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    1. LOL, you know what Suganthi? I had no idea my ad hoc gluing methods would be so desirable. I was actually too embarrassed to photograph my yogurt lid because I thought it looked so sloppy. I think I'll show it next time! Thanks for letting me know!

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  4. I'm sure it will look lovely. Can't wait to see more :-)

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    1. Thanks so much for your vote of confidence Barbara!

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