Aug 31 2009

Quilling Inspiration — Modify a Quilling Design to Suit Your Needs

Published by at 2:11 pm under Quilling Inspiration

Shortly after sending out my first newsletter, I received a lovely comment post from Rick Whitman,
“Thanks for sharing your ideas. The rose pattern came just in time as I’m working on a wedding invitation and was looking for a fill in. I used a strip of variation paper (shaded from red to white and back to red) and it came out beautifully.” 
Needless to say, I was thrilled to know that someone had actually created a rose from my pattern and I asked her if she would send me a photo. 
Fig 1

Fig 1

Rick had matted a wedding picture of her husband’s greatniece who married Mr. Rose (hence the roses), along with the front and inside of their wedding invitation.  She then quilled beautiful flower sprays to decorate the mat, duplicating the flowers used in the bridesmaids’ bouquets.  She did a great job and I can only imagine how pleased the bride will be to receive such a loving reminder of her wedding day.

Fig 2

Fig 2

Rick took the pattern I provided and changed it by using the variegated paper (Fig 1).  I think that it softened the rose and made it a better fit for her overall design.  She used the rose pattern again in her floral spray at the bottom of her piece (Fig 2), but changed the center teardrop of the rose to a marquise and omitted the rose leaves.  

You don’t need to copy a pattern exactly — use it as a jumping off point to quill the piece that you see in your own mind.  Change the colors, change the shapes, change the background … there are so many ways to change a pattern to make it your “own.”  You may think that you are not creative enough to come up with original patterns, but I’m willing to bet you can.  Creating an original pattern is as much a skill as anything and skills can be learned.  Start by making changes to an existing pattern.  Then make a few changes to the changes.  Pretty soon, you will see your own quilling style, your own creative voice, emerge. 
You can read more about Rick Whitman, and see some beautiful photos of her quillwork, on Pat Caputo’s Whimsiquills blog.

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