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Scuse the bodgy picture. Can't seem to get it to come out clear.

So, Project Educate were holding a craft contest where you had to try an artisan craft you've never done before. Half the challenge was finding something I've never tried. As a kid I delved into everything I could, and in high school I took every artisan elective available, so even ceramics and woodwork were out. Up until last year, I worked at Spotlight (a massive craft/habby/furnishings/etc store here in Australia) and was the only crafty person in the craft department. So everyone came to me with questions and it became my business to learn anything I didn't already know. When I say I'm a jack of all trades, master of none, I really mean it.

So I had to get really specific. Then, when browsing Pinterest, I saw a quilling piece and it dawned on me that I've never tried that before. I caught the flu and had some time off Uni, so I thought I could knock this project off on one of my sick days. Two weeks later, I finally finished it.

This took so ridiculously long to finish, and I'm still not entirely sure it doesn't need to be filled in a little more. But it's due today so I'll stop obsessing.

I wanted to do a rainbow monogram, but instead of it just being the same shaped pieces filling the space, I also wanted each colour to have its own theme or "thing". I tried a huge range of different techniques because I wanted it to be so full of detail that there's something new everywhere you look.

I chose the word "inspire" both because this contest inspired me to try something I have never tried before, and also because I wanted it to have the dual purpose of providing motivation for us around the house once it was done.

I'm a kinaesthetic learner, so I didn't really follow any tutorials. I googled a few images and got the basic gist of it and just dove in. That doesn't really help you guys at all, but it is so easy to pick up if you guys want to try this I'm sure there are dozens of tutes out there to help.

The piece measures 60x20cm. I had no quilling tools and my local craft store didn't sell them, so I cut strips of paper out of card stock and used a needle that I cut the top of the eye off to twist the strands. For a quilling comb, I found an old nit comb in that bathroom that served a similar purpose. For shaping things like the blossoms and bodies of the butterfly, I used some of my fondant tools.

WIP here: [link]
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:iconxandraclay:
xandraclay Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Beautiful! I feel inspired!:D (Big Grin) Heart +fav 
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arts-and-cards Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
Love it!!
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KimikotheLexicon Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
How colorful!! *o*
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Akane-Dreamer Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
I love it! I have a weird feeling inside that I cant describe when I see this image, but I do know that when I look at this image, the first thing that pops out is a flower blooming. Sharing what it has hidden from us for so long.
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BeadsByCelleste Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
This is fantastic!! Definitely inspires me to try quilling that much sooner!!
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ShiningStarNova Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
Oh my... This has to be one of the most amazing quilling pieces I have ever seen. You did a fantastic job on this one and you have definitely earned a Added to my devWatch! 

I'm glad you decided to make a few other quilling pieces, they all look simply amazing! 
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GreenxIsland Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am speechless, this is absolutely amazing!
Love every bit of it!
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prismaticpearls Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wonderful!!!!!
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SuperSweetSugar Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
This is perfect in so many ways.
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:iconkrystlyn:
Krystlyn Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You are talented! This is beautiful and definitely worth all the time and effort you put into it!
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:iconesmereth:
Esmereth Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student General Artist
This is amazing!
YOU are amazing!

~Esmereth
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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Thank you! :heart:
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:iconesmereth:
Esmereth Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Student General Artist
No problem ^_^

~Esmereth
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:iconsobannah:
Sobannah Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
You know how to do such lovely and wonderful stuff! How did you learn all of it? I aspire to be like that too :3
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
I literally just dive in and have a go - it's the only way you can learn.
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ladybug114 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
that is soooo pretty I love it!!!
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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
Thank you!
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swetpmnkygrl Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
:worship: You are creative in all aspects of your life aren't you? Like Da Vinci.
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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
Haha, not all of them! I can't create music...
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:iconpuxy95:
puxy95 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You kidding me? This is GENIUS! It looks soooo beautiful! :love:
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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
Thanks! :]
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:iconnatasharymer:
natasharymer Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
B-E-A-UTIFUUUL!
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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
Thank you!
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:iconalexiajane:
AlexiaJane Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
This is totally awesome
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swetpmnkygrl Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
I second that on an epic level.
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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Thank you. :]
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:iconteremiao:
Teremiao Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:omfg: Amazing!!
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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Thank you. :]
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:iconteremiao:
Teremiao Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
My pleasure! :)
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Ydriss Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
On another note, I wish I could add this to my favourites a million times.... Just wow :')
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Ydriss Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ermahgaaawd. You are seriously such an inspiring person! SO AMAZEBALLS. Yushh. When I get excited my words go all over the plaaasch. But seriously. That is one piece of art.... the details... the creativity, the patterns, the colours... everything works together so well! And to think that you've tried this for the first time.. Let's just say that I intensely admire your dedication and perseverance and amazing skills as an artist :') You are truly an inspiration (and I even featured you in my newest premium-membership journal :') )

Again. You just keep blowing my mind over and over again. I don't even know how I'm still alive anymore. Awesome works! I'll try to get through all my devwatch messages soon now x') :heart: Take care and stay awe-inspiring!
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Hahaha. Not to worry, I use amazeballs all the tile. :la:

Thank you for your lovely comments and the festure. ♥
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Ydriss Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmm, I was gonna ask what festure meant.. when I realized you meant feature xD

You're very welcome! :heart:
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Haha, yes, I realised the typo as I hit 'add comment'. :stupidme: I so wish dA had the ability to edit comments.
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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Too epic. Featured here: [link]
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Thanks so much. I'm honoured to be among such a lovely (and colourful!) feature.
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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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ThirteenthMuse Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This inspires me to start quilling again. Amazing piece!
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Oh that's awesome. I am flattered this piece could make you want to pick up the hobby again.
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EchaXSymph Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
I think that it is beautiful and I really want to make something like this now. You are so amazing!
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Thank you! I hope you try it. It's a lot of fun!
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starlit-dream Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
This looks amazing! :love:
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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Thank you!
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:iconmireggi:
Mireggi Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is inspiring indeed! :D beautiful work!!
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Thanks so much! ♥
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:iconmireggi:
Mireggi Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome :)
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Sk8r-Chick Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Lovely =)
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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Thank you. :]
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:iconsk8r-chick:
Sk8r-Chick Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Anytime =)
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AbbeyRachael Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
I am VERY impressed. Love it, love it, love it. You should be proud of this. :)
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