So the first project of 2017 was Hear Me Roar | Quilled Lion! I decided to make this after I cleaned over the holiday break and realized how bare the walls in my living room were. I am a Leo (cusp Virgo) and thought it would be fun to do a zodiak sign for myself and my husband. I'll be working on a scorpion at some point in the near future for him.
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The lion was made to fit a 12x12 frame and is probably only around 10.5 square. He's not mounted on a background currently as I was going to try out a fun printed one, but after setting him on this black art board I think I'll give him a black background as it makes him look a little more dramatic.
The photo below shows you his size in relation to my hand. He's quite big and with the three layers and hundreds of strips of cardstock he's pretty darn heavy, too!
Hear Me Roar | Quilled Lion was made in three different layers. I started with two reference photos and put down Little Circles On Edge cardstock strips for the main structure and mane. I don't normally use a work board for quilling as I prefer to quill directly onto a background, but because I wanted accurate details and he was planned out for three total layers, I need to create him in a way that would stack properly.
Once the bottom layer was done (I left the center open as it wasn't going to be visible) I worked on his face. You can see progress shots on my Instagram account if you are interested.
Once the face was done I worked 1/8" strips around his face and the top of his mane to blend the two deeper layers and break up the dense bottom layer a bit.
I hope you enjoy Hear Me Roar | Quilled Lion. He took around 40 hours to complete, so was a labor of love.