In winter when we don't see much colour in the garden, I like to remember the beautiful and unique flowers. I think projects like this quilled Foxglove flowers make beautiful art work when it is mounted on canvas and displayed on the wall.
On this canvas, initially I used decoart Dimensional Effects and Craft Twinkles Writers, then painted it with different shades of acrylic and tried to glue cloth tree shapes that I stiffened with Americana Fabric Stiffener and tried to cut using my Brother ScanNcut. However, this mixed media project didn't have results I liked. So I painted the canvas with red acrylic. I like how the Dimensional Effects that I used gives the background some depth and character.
For the stalks, I used a combination of brown and green shade quilling paper. I cut and curved the top edges of some of the stalks before gluing the uncut side to the canvas. I left most of the stalks upright and for some I turned it a little so we can see the paper.
For the leaves, I used different shades of green and rolled it into leaf shapes. I used different length quilling paper to get different shapes and sizes of leaves. For the leaves that have two colours, I rolled two shades of quilling paper together and then made the leaf shape. Adding a few leaves over other leaves added dimension.
For the Foxglove flowers, I made cone shapes. To make these cone shapes, roll the quill paper tightly and glue it. Then carefully insert a pen and shape it to look like a cone. Do not press it too much or it might unravel. I coated the inside of the cone with glue and left it to dry completely before placing it on the canvas.
After making a few of the cone shape, assemble it to look like Foxglove flowers and then put a generous amount of glue and place it on the canvas. My idea for these flowers was inspired by the Quilled Flowers book. This method of using the pen to make the cone shapes was my idea, as I found it to be faster and it gave me pointed edge cone shapes.
I used the same method of making the cone shapes for the body of the bees. I wrapped the middle with yellow quilling paper. For the bee's wings, I used two tear drop shaped quilled pieces for each side.
I used Quilled Creations' watersparklers to add highlights to the background, and for the flowers and leaves.
Let the art work dry completely before placing the canvas upright and displaying it on the wall.
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