QUILLED FLORAL GIANT PANDA
White is black and white with flowers all over?
When a customer of mine approached me about making a panda I was really excited. It was the first panda I'd made and a subject I'd never even considered doing. As is my normal process - when she was brainstorming ideas, she originally requested a panda head with "Happy Birthday" on the piece - I immediately decided that I'd rather make a beautiful piece that would be wall art for years to come and suggested instead that I create a really nice panda and simply place a cutout of "Happy Birthday" on the top of the frame so she could feel the sentiment while the art would remain useful.
I looked over hundreds of panda images and eventually found a nice freeware 3D illustration with no copyrights on it to use as a basis for the outline. I cut out the black and white sections on a gorgeous tuxedo patterned laser paper then glued all the pieces together. After that it was simply a matter of filling it in. I'm not a big flowers person but I do think they look nice as filler. And they give the whole piece a feminine touch. I was initially going to stop at just the black but my husband said it looked empty so I kept going. As is typical with a floral fill, though it looks beautiful, it's very time-consuming. Part of this is my need for perfection and part of it is because when you're working with tiny teardrops they don't build up very fast. Perhaps it's like the difference between crocheting and knitting. Crocheting builds fast but knitting is a little more tedious.
I am very pleased with the end result and plan to keep this design on my Etsy shop for those who might want a copy of it on a Made to Order basis. I hope you like the panda - I know my customer is thrilled!