Quilled Black and Gold Songbird

Quilled Black and Gold Songbird

Quilled Black and Gold Songbird

Quilled Black and Gold Songbird

Quilled Black and Gold Songbird

Ever since I found a stash of gilded paper, I’ve been trying to find uses for it. This is another more elaborate example of a project that worked well with gilded paper.

This quilled black and gold songbird took roughly two days to complete. It is 8×10 and is made using 1/4″ strips in various shapes. The paper I used was from two suppliers this time, Quilled Creations for the straight black, and Quilling Supply Company for the gilded papers.

Construction

The bird is loosely based on a drawing by Si Scott. He has two bird drawings, one called Dove and another that I don’t know the name of. They are gray-scale and have a zentangle-esque feel to them.

Quilled Black and Gold Songbird

Quilled Black and Gold Songbird

I sketched out this bird in roughly the same proportions, except for the tail, which in the original was bent forward. I lengthened this tail and extended it towards the right.

Quilled Black and Gold Songbird - Wing Detail

Quilled Black and Gold Songbird – Wing Detail

For the wings I used a comb, traditional quills, tight coils, spirals, etc. I tried to alternate between dark, medium, and light so that no one area was too light, and the underlying feel was dark. I used a regular black strip with no gilding for most of it, and three types of gilded. A black with gold gilding, a gold with gold gilding, and a red with red gilding.

Quilled Black and Gold Songbird

Quilled Black and Gold Songbird

The forehead has three red stripes. There are two red strips below the eye. And there is another red stripe on the wing. The eye was made with Quilled Creations Crystal Coat Glaze (on top of a dome shaped tight coil).

Quilled Black and Gold Songbird - Side View

Quilled Black and Gold Songbird – Side View
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