Quilled Broccoli Head

Quilled Broccoli Head

I woke up this morning, the first day of my mini-vacation and I started thinking about how I wanted to create a blog post on my site called "My Life in Paper." The post would show how almost every piece I create somehow relates back to me in some very personal way. So as I was thinking about how to design the post and what pictures to include and what to write about each of them so that the images of my quilled art told a real story - the story of me - I began to mentally check off all the things that are prominent in my life. Well, oddly enough, broccoli is one of them. I love broccoli. We eat it like three times a week. It's one of our staple foods. And by then I knew that the next thing I had to make was a head of broccoli. And this is it. A small part of my world, depicted in paper. I can't wait to write my article now that I have a new, and totally unique photo to add to the "story."

This particular piece was created using two primary techniques: edgework and boucle. Yes, I call it boucle and not beehive. The florets are two complete layers of 1/4" strips from both Quilled Creations and Little Circles. The stalk is made from On Edge paper from Little Circles, with a few strips of regular weight paper from Quilled Creations tossed in for some shadowing effects. The leaves are just 1/4" strips cut into the shape of blades and then bent in two length-wise. I curled the tips and ends down - one side to insert into the edgework as an anchor and the other to make it more realistic. I was going to do a third layer but I figured that I shouldn't get it too deep or it would have to have a special frame. I prefer to use the Studio Decor shadowboxes from Michael's and they only accommodate up to 3/4" deep.

I have listed this piece for sale on my Etsy shop if you're interested in owning it. 🙂

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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