Quilled Black Heart of Friendship

Quilled Black Heart of Friendship

One of the things you can always count on with me is that most of my art comes directly from my heart. I am constantly inspired by experiences and things I see. In the case of my Quilled Black Heart of Friendship, I was unfortunately given the idea because of a bizarre and painful experience I had with someone that I had considered a friend. My mind kept showing me an image of a blackened heart. It was the only explanation I could come up with for the way things turned out. So, in an attempt to work through the mixed feelings and hurt and shock - I decided to turn my mental images into a piece of art. 

At first I was just going to create an anatomically correct black heart. And I spent a considerable amount of time developing a technique that would allow for a 3D appearance to the heart itself. I really love the end result. It has depth and curves and a very unique overall appearance. The original plan for the background was to spatter it with red acrylic paint to simulate blood. But after a failed attempt at creating just the right look for this, I spied a roll of handmade paper I had on hand and decided to go gothic - back to my 90's girl roots - and make red roses instead. 

The roses made from this paper are just stunning. they are rich and soft and crinkled in all the right places. I nested them around the heart - rebuilding it several times until I found just the right combination for each of the sides. I was going to leave it at that but I felt like it needed something more, so I dug out some 1/8" black strips and began curling them like ribbons and experimenting with running them up inside the "arteries." After I'd placed a few I realized that the black "blood" took the piece to a whole new level and build these paper streams of black blood around the entire piece.

I can't explain how amazing this art looks like in person. Pictures don't do it justice at all. I hope that someone, some day appreciates it as much as I do and wants to own it. I've made both the original art and high-quality digitally mastered prints available on my Etsy shop. 

My art is for sale. If you would like to purchase something you see on my site, or want an entirely unique quilling made just for you, please contact me. I have some listings for original artwork and prints available on my Etsy Shop, and can always create a custom listing for you. Do you have any comments, questions, or suggestions? Please feel free to let me know what's on your mind. Or, you can contact me directly. Please visit Quilled Creations for all your quilling needs. They offer some of the best products on the market including premium quilling paper, high-quality tools, kits, and much, much, more.


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