Sweet, sweet curiosity.

This blog is all about things I have made. I happen to be on a paper quilling kick right now, but you can find intense embroidery, crazy gingerbread houses, steampunk clothes, ornaments, wackiness and sculptures on this site. So have fun and check it out!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Lover Ducky you're the one!

This is probably the oddest piece I have ever created.  This piece was created for a family who's father had gotten remarried and they wanted to celebrate the two families coming together. I understand from the messages that both the husband and wife were characters and they were interested in some fascinating hobbies. The husband really liked fixing up this awesome car and the wife had an extensive rubber ducky collection.  So that's how ended up with the images in this piece.

Hey man, who am I to judge? I've got a lot of Scotty Dog Paraphernalia...

I drew this and I was going to quill the car and the ducky as well, but they just didn't read as nice as when they were in just watercolour so this is how the piece ended up. After drawing this car, I applaud the people who can draw cars so easily. It's quite challenging especially when literally this is the first detailed drawing and watercolour of a car I have ever done.

Anyhoo, I wish the happy couple, happy days for the years to come.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A Crunchy Mountain.

I must say that this was my most painful piece to create.  My crunchy technique for creating texture, while interesting, is not easy on the hands, especially after filling an 11 x 14 sized piece of it.  I do like this piece though, I created it as a first anniversary gift ( that's the paper year...) for a couple who got married on the top of this mountain. 
Also hidden in the crunchy texture is the date in which they got married. Can you find it? It's like "where's waldo!"

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Floral Quilling for Glade Run

This is my second piece for Glade Run Lutheran Services. This piece was intended to be used as part of their video series called "stories of impact". I don't think that the videos are up yet, but you should check out their site especially if you live in the Pittsburgh area.
I included several different types of flowers that grow in front of their campus including  Blue Horizon Ageratum, Red Celosias, and snapdragons.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Glade Run Logo Quilling

I was recently hired by Glade Run Lutheran Services to create some pieces for them. The first piece is their logo in what I call the crunchy technique of quilling.  This technique as I discovered is actually quite painful to do on this kind of scale, usually I will do small areas filled like this, however they wanted the whole thing. Thankfully my husband helped to scrunch the paper, or I would have been done for! 

I was very happy to work with them on this project as this organization, among many support programs, specializes in working with people that are on the Autism Spectrum.  As that has affected my family as well, I was pleased that my art could help support their cause. 

Friday, May 2, 2014

The birds of hope are everywhere, listen to them sing.

This piece was part of a commission from a very creative psychologist who I have mentioned before. She really liked the idea of a piece like this, which I had a bit of difficulty creating.  Originally she was inspired by the colours of a lovebird. She sent me a great image of two lovebirds cooing together, but she wanted the bird to be flying. Well! I was trying to make lovebirds look graceful in flight in all of my many sketches, unfortunately they just don't fly very gracefully and all of my sketches turned out- well, they didn't turn out. They certainly didn't embody the image of hope.  After talking to her some more, I realized my mistake and we settled on a sparrow for the shape, but went a little more stylized with the colours. 

Friday, April 25, 2014

Change can do you good.

This piece was created for the office of a psychologist, I have done several pieces for her and am about to do more. I love her ideas and have had a fantastic time working on them.  This goes together with an acceptance piece which I have also created. 
 I have kind of just accepted that I like quilling better when I combine it with watercolour, so I just basically do it now on most of my pieces.
Here are both pieces together!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Acceptance is a wonderful thing

 This piece is part of several that I have created for a very creative psychologist client of mine.  They have been really neat to do and I find I am quite challenged by her ideas. 
This is the first of a set, showing the chrysalis of a butterfly and the buds of a tree ( I forget the name of the tree, but it is specifically a tree that butterflies are attracted to) which are about to bloom. Then in the next piece... we see them bloom into "Change".