Being the victim of almost continual copying lately, I lost my “groove.” And to get it back in a way that people will find difficult to copy, I’ve been creating hybrid flow art. This is the second in the series and I call it “Red Jupiter” since it kind of reminds me of the bands on the surface of our neighborhood massive gas planet. The first abstract flow piece (Black Smoker) can be seen here.
A lot of people are asking how I make these and the only explanation I can really give is that I start out by laying down a foundation of “flow art” – inks that I paint directly onto the artboard I use as a background. Then, using a technique I developed that creates these beautiful flowing waves, I start building in blocks of color. This one was a little different than my first one as I was doing more experimentation. If there was a way to show people the true beauty of these pieces I’d do it. But unfortunately, the images my camera creates pales in comparison to the real life version. These pieces are anything but flat. They are dimensional, full of texture, and draw your eyes around the canvas in a continual motion. Every section is made differently and each has its own visual interest.
I hope you like this new art form. It’s rather exciting to make something I’ve never seen before. I plan to continue honing these pieces until I’ve spent all my abstract energy.
Where I Buy My Supplies
Paper: Little Circles
I chose Little Circles paper for this project because I needed a wide variety of colors in the same family to produce shading effects. Little Circles has the largest array of colors available (that I know of) so it was a logical choice.
- Culture Pop – this is their normal weight quilling strip. I believe it’s 70lb weight. I always use 1/4″ strips for extra depth and a bold presentation.
- On Edge – this is their new outline weight quilling strip. It’s too thick to make quilled shapes with, but perfect for thick, bold lines.
Tools: Quilled Creations
I always used Quilled Creations tools. I don’t think there are any exceptions to this. I love the quality, I love the innovation, and I love the variety.
- Savvy Slotted Tool – this is their new slotted tool which is ergonomically designed and features a teeny tiny slotted tip. I will never go back to a regular tool after using this one!
- Fine-Tipped Tweezers – a must have for holding, placing, and maneuvering individual pieces.
- Fine-Tipped Scissors – a nice set of scissors that are small and compact with a fine tip for getting into tight places.
- Needle-Tipped Glue Applicator – again, another must-have weapon in your quilling arsenal. You’ll never go back to thicker tipped applicators once you see how amazing this one works.
Background: Dick Blick
I have been through a variety of backgrounds over the past few years. I have used cardstock and then watercolor paper, and now I have decided the only background that is worth my time is the fiber-infused artboard through Dick Blick. It cures everything I hate about other background materials. It doesn’t warp even with excessive glue use. It doesn’t discolor over time. It allows for quick and efficient editing even after quills have been glued down for days! I’ll never go back to another background medium for my larger, more elaborate pieces.