This is a whimsical quilled owl made with 1/8″ strips. The pink shades in his outer eye-rings and flowers are the gilded papers from JJ Quilling. If you haven’t tried their gilded paper, you’re missing out on a special treat! You can order it directly from JJ Quilling in London or from Denise’s Custom Quilling here in the US. The third and fourth photos show what it looks like when it catches the light. Stunning!
Where I Buy My Supplies
Paper: Little Circles
I chose Little Circles paper for this project because I needed a wide variety of colors in the same family to produce shading effects. Little Circles has the largest array of colors available (that I know of) so it was a logical choice. I used two different types of their paper for the cheetah.
- Culture Pop – this is their normal weight quilling strip. I believe it’s 70lb weight. This was created using their 1/8″ strips.
- On Edge – this is their new outline weight quilling strip. It’s too thick to make quilled shapes with, but perfect for thick, bold lines. For this piece I used the 1/8″ depth strips.
Tools: Quilled Creations
I always used Quilled Creations tools. I don’t think there are any exceptions to this. I love the quality, I love the innovation, and I love the variety.
- Savvy Slotted Tool – this is their new slotted tool which is ergonomically designed and features a teeny tiny slotted tip. I will never go back to a regular tool after using this one!
- Fine-Tipped Tweezers – a must have for holding, placing, and maneuvering individual pieces.
- Fine-Tipped Scissors – a nice set of scissors that are small and compact with a fine tip for getting into tight places.
- Needle-Tipped Glue Applicator – again, another must-have weapon in your quilling arsenal. You’ll never go back to thicker tipped applicators once you see how amazing this one works.
Background: Dick Blick
I have been through a variety of backgrounds over the past few years. I have used cardstock and then watercolor paper, and now I have decided the only background that is worth my time is the fiber-infused artboard through Dick Blick. It cures everything I hate about other background materials. It doesn’t warp even with excessive glue use. It doesn’t discolor over time. It allows for quick and efficient editing even after quills have been glued down for days! I’ll never go back to another background medium for my larger, more elaborate pieces.