Sometimes I make things just for the fun of it, and that's the case with my Quilled Bright Pea-Fish. I tried to base his body and head on a goldfish, but give the impression of peacock feathers on his tail. I love the way the colors contrast with each other. Yes, his eye is made of paper! I've had people ask about this. It's not a fake eye or one you'd buy for taxidermy. It seems as though eyes have become one of my specialties and this one looks truly realistic. I have provided a video tutorial on the process I use to create my life-like eyes - join my quiling group Contemporary Quilling for access to our video library, website, blog, and more.
The quilled bright pea-fish 's face and body are coated with a thick clear glaze to make him look "wet." Interestingly, the glaze bubbled exactly where his mouth would be so he has the impression of an open mouth when you view him up close. The body was actually built in two layers. The bottom layer is 1/8" boucle and the top layer is 3mm domes. The aqua is a beautiful gilded paper imported from JJ Quilling in England and the orange is a Quilled Creations shade. When you add glaze to gilded paper something magical happens. Gilded paper already has the appearance of depth when you create domes with it, but put a glaze over the top and it's seriously amazing.
It's not very often that I repeat subjects, however I had done another fancy fish a couple of years ago - back during the early quilling days - and I was entirely happy with the end results. I think the thought behind the quilled bright pea-fish was that I wanted to create a fish that I really loved when it was done. I definitely achieved that on this guy. He is one of my most viewed items. He is for sale, both the original and in print form. Click on the buttons below to own him.