Quilled Letter C Monogram
I had a customer ask for a nautical themed letter C monogram. This particular monogram was actually the second one I made because after I’d made the first, I wanted to try something different. I played around with multi-colored spirals until I came up with this. To me it looks like rolling, crashing, breaking waves. I made sure that all the spirals had the darkest blue on the interior and the lightest on the outside edge to simulate how a real waves looks. I really loved it when it was done, though at it’s heart it was simple to make. Simple doesn’t always refer to the amount of time however. Getting those spirals just right takes patience!
All of the blue waves were made with what I call a multi-strip spiral technique. It’s pretty simple, you just have to get the hang of it. I usually use 3-8 strips of paper, stacked on top of one another. I then pull one strip slightly longer then the rest to give my quilling tool a place to grab and when I start to roll it, I catch the rest of the strips into the roll. I continue to roll a few revolutions until the spiral is the size I want it Then I release my quilling tool and grab the ends. Then I pull the inside strip until it begins to bend the inner coil and then I pull each successive strip until they are all evenly spaced. I don’t bother glueing the inner coil, but I do glue off the tail end. I used to glue the inside coil, but found that it stiffened the paper too much and made it bulky. This way as long as I’m careful, I don’t have to glue anything until I’m ready to place it on the paper background.