Quilled Floral Rainforest Snake
I have no idea where the idea for a quilled floral rainforest snake came from but once it was stuck in my head, it had to come out. I had initially envisioned a simple green snake with a white flower on it’s head. But then I decided it needed color – hence the interior floral pattern. And once the color was there, it seemed to negate the need for a white flower. Instead, I cut out leaf shapes and glued them all around as a border.
This project took for absolute ever. I mean like over two weeks. It think it was because the pieces were so tiny and there were so many of them. The tight circles took most of the time. I’d get one flower section done a night if I was lucky. It’s a good thing that I quill for relaxation!
I only used a couple of techniques in this piece. First the tight coils. These were tedious and after doing this small ,11×14 I have new appreciation for the work of other quilling artists like Justine Kuran from Australia who makes incredibly dense floral pieces and mandalas. Each tight coil was then pushed over the Quilled Creations Mini Mold (I LOVE THIS THING!) to create a dome. Then I had to glue the inside to the dome didn’t deflate if I bumped it. Once they were dry, I placed them. After each section (flower and surrounding domes) I painted them with Quilled Creations Crystal Coat Glaze. If you go to their shop, look for it in the Jewelry section and not Accessories or Tools.
The second was just the regular quill shaped into a marquis for the flowers. It was technically simple, just time consuming. The difficult part with the flowers were varying the sizes to fit the width of each part of the snake. Some had to be tiny and others large.