Quilled Blossoming Dryad
Original Artwork by artist Stacy Bettencourt of Mainely Quilling
My latest creation! A quilled blossoming dryad. Or I guess she could also be a Wood Sprite, an Entwife, or any other number of mythical creatures. Let your own imagination decide for you. I am a tree-lover and wanted to create something that brought human qualities to one.
I started her last June/July (2015) and put her on a shelf for several months. I picked her back up a few days ago and completed her in roughly ten hours. She is 9 x 11 x 1/4″, though the vines and flower buds on her trunk stand up a little bit higher.
I debated on whether or not to create a mouth for her and decided against it. Trees don’t speak through a mouth, their voice is the sound of air passing through their leaves. Or possibly even the moaning of their fibers when they bend. Or at least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!
There was nothing fancy about her construction. I didn’t go over the top and invent new techniques. She is simply made with basic quills, though her flower buds are fringed 1/4″ paper that I rolled around my tool and glued for a 3D effect. I tacked on some 1/8″ green strips to serve as “vines” slash “sashes” to drape across her trunk/bodice. They stick up quite a bit so framing her will require a deeper shadowbox.
As always, she is much more spectacular in person. I just wish I could get a photograph to capture what these quillings really look like.