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Inspire by cakecrumbs Inspire by cakecrumbs
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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xandraclay Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Beautiful! I feel inspired!:D (Big Grin) Heart +fav 
arts-and-cards Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
Love it!!
KimikotheLexicon Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
How colorful!! *o*
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.
BeadsByCelleste Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
This is fantastic!! Definitely inspires me to try quilling that much sooner!!
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! 
GreenxIsland Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am speechless, this is absolutely amazing!
Love every bit of it!
prismaticpearls Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
SuperSweetSugar Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
This is perfect in so many ways.
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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