Quilled Letter B Monogram
Here it is. The most popular monogram in my portfolio, well that is according to Pinterest, WordPress, and my clients. For some reason, they all adore the intricate scroll work in this piece. As a quiller, however, it’s not the most efficient piece to create, LOL!
This particular piece was my first large monogram and I didn’t have a direction. So, as with most of my projects, I hit the web for inspiration. I happened to be on Pinterest and I follow some Typography boards and saw some pins that showed scroll work. I wondered if I could create the look of scroll work with quills.
So I printed off a reference guide of several different types of scrolls and tried to recreate them with paper. I wanted to incorporate one of each in different areas which is why you see a large flourish on the left base of the B and a medallion in the center. By the time I reached the point of filling in the top section, I had put so much time into it I decided that the only way I was going to finish it up was if I used spirals so I popped a bunch of them in to fill up empty space.
It is my sincere wish that I could have had the time to work the entire piece in tiny scrolls, but I think there comes a point of no return when you have invested more hours than is sensible in something, LOL.
But, regardless of how long it took, I am pleased with the results. This was also the first full-sized quilled letter B monogram I made and I learned a lot from it. I didn’t realized how these monograms would fit in a frame or mat when I created the outline for this one and once it was done and time to frame I realized that I didn’t leave enough white space around the edges. Since this time I always scale my letters down to give 3/4″ white space around the borders so they look better in frames and mats.