The Art of Quilling Paper Jewelry
A Book by Ann Martin
At the end of last winter I met a woman named Ann Martin by chance when she joined my quilling group called Contemporary Quilling. At first I really knew nothing about her other than the fact that she was an active member and always had an encouraging word for fellow members. Then I discovered that Ann actually runs a very popular website called All Things Paper. I was incredibly surprised and more than a little bit flattered when she asked to interview me as one of her guest artists. (Wow!)
Over the last several months I've had the pleasure of getting to know Ann - and mostly - I've had the incredible experience of following her social media accounts and website. She has a special knack for discovering amazing paper artists and giving them spotlight features to bring awareness to their art. I look forward to every post whether it be on her Facebook page, her blog posts, even her Instagram blurbs. Ann is remarkable woman with a long series of accomplishments, the least of which is the publishing of her fantastic new book called The Art of Quilling Paper Jewelry.
Now I won't lie to you... I was never a big fan of quilled jewelry nor have I EVER attempted making some myself. When I say I wasn't a fan... that was before I saw what "real" quilled jewelry was. Boy was I missing out on some exquisite artwork.
I received a copy of Ann's book about a month ago and I immediately tore into it. It was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! Not only is her book beautifully written, it's almost a piece of art in and of itself. The images are stunning. The instructions are clear and concise - to the point where even a beginner can easily produce show-room quality jewelry. There were so many beautiful projects to choose from I had a hard time deciding which one to do first.
Eventually I settled on the Deconstructed Flower project. Most of Ann's projects are made with gold or silver gilded paper - but I wanted something a little different, so I chose a gorgeous Peacock Blue that I got from JJ Quilling in the UK.
The instructions were really easy to follow. I measured, cut, and moved quickly from one step to the next. I started at 6:30pm and by 8:00pm I had both a necklace AND a matching pair of earrings. Now... I didn't attach the findings until today. That required a trip to the local beading shop. But suffice it to say that most of the projects in Ann's book will take you a reasonable amount of time and not days.
The picture on the right is of me wearing my FIRST EVER quilled jewelry! How exciting is that?? I can't wait to make more. The book is filled with more projects than I know what to do with. But at least I have another use for my gorgeous gilded paper now.
I urge anyone interested in making their own Quilled Paper Jewelry to get a copy of Ann's Book. I have listed three places to buy it below.
Lastly, I'd like to say thank you to Ann for the inspiration as well as the motivation to make my own set of paper jewelry. It was so much fun and I really feel like I created something beautiful!
Where to Buy The Art of Paper Quilling Jewelry by Ann Martin
- ~Interweave Store: http://bit.ly/2vphi0z
- ~Amazon: http://amzn.to/2v9Ntz2
- ~Book Depository (free worldwide shipping): http://bit.ly/2wBOfYv
- ~and your favorite bookseller