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. 🙂