I’m in love with ravens and crows. I’ve been collecting them for years and they live in almost every space of my house. I have dishes that depict them, clothesline clips, vases, jars, plates, towels, etc. Every year someone buys me a new raven for my collection and they never fail to delight me. There is something about this intelligent, ebony bird that fascinates me. They are sleek and shiny and inquisitive. And, most of all, because they’re not frilly and colorful, they rely on a simple shape and form and color to make them so amazing. So in the end, perhaps it’s their simplicity that truly draws me to them.
The other day a woman messaged me and asked if I could make her a quilled raven. I gave her a choice of perched, flying, or standing and she chose flying. I sent her over several photos of positions and this is the one she chose.
This quilled raven was made with 1/4″ quilling strips on a 140lb archival quality cold press background. Once it was dry, I sealed it with an acrylic spray.
Most of the wing feathers and tail were made with a quilling comb so that I could get them to look a little more “feathery” than a traditional coiled quill. The legs, head, and body parts were made with regular quills.
I love the way he came out and it definitely inspired me to complete a project for myself that I’d been planning for several months now.