December 31, 2009

Happy New Year! Card with a quilled snowman

Happy New Year! Card with a snowman

Wishing you a Happy New Year! I made this greeting card with a quilled snowman using blue card stock for the base, and white and light blue copy paper for the quilling and decoration. The tools used for this card include paper punches and patterned scissors.

Video: Quilled Poinsettia Tutorial by Ann Martin

Paper Quilling from Ann Martin on YouTube.

Somehow I overlooked this fantastic video tutorial by Ann Martin :( Eventually I watched it and enjoyed very much! Check out Ann's post with the list of supplies and instructions, too: That's Clever Video - Quilled Poinsettia Tutorial .

December 25, 2009

Flowers of Israel, framed paper quilling art

Flowers of Israel, paper quilling

This is another of my big quilling projects, along with the quilled flowers on black velours background. The design is mine, from beginning to end. In this quilling picture I tried to reproduce a few species of Israeli flowers that bloom in February through April. Here they are, left to right:

  • yellow Lupin(e),
  • red Poppy,
  • white Iris,
  • purple Maltese Cross Ricotia (Egyptian honesty),
  • white Chamomile,
  • yellow Dandelion,
  • pink Cyclamen,
  • dark purple Cloven-Petalled Campion.

Besides the flowers, there's also a quilled Gonepteryx butterfly (also known as brimestone) and a ladybug. For this project I mostly used 1/16"-wide strips (1.5mm); but for the ladybug, foliage, and lupin flowers popular 1/8"-wide (3mm) strips were used. I cut-out the leaves of the chamomile using small scissors. Size of the finished artwork: 9x9 inches (23x23cm). Sorry, no close-up photos this time :(

December 15, 2009

Sacred lotus seedpod, clay sculpture

Lotus seedpod painted clay sculpture

Here are my excuses for not blogging as often as usual: I've been taking art classes! This clay sculpture is one of my first projects. It's a dried seedpod of the sacred lotus.

December 10, 2009

Quilling tips, patterns and tutorials round-up

Basic quilling shapes

With 200+ posts and counting, my blog has grown too large, so I'll be posting a series of round-ups in an attempt to make some order. I'll start with quilling (paper filigree) tutorials, and you are invited to suggest a subject for a next one.

December 7, 2009

Miniature quilled Hanukiyot

Tiny quilled Hanukkah Menorah with candles

I think these Hanukiot (Hanukkah Menorah's) are my last Hanukkah crafts for this year. I'll be giving them to friends and family, hope they'll like my miniature handmade gifts.

December 4, 2009

Homemade flying saucer Hanukkah Menorah

Flying saucer Hanukiah with candles

This year's Hanukkah Menorah (Hanukiah) — a flying saucer (UFO). Every year we're trying to come up with a new idea for homemade Hanukkah Menorah. Last year it was the Hanukiah with houses, the year before — Hanukiah with jugs, and so on.