Here I am late again on posting my artist of the month, but I didn't forget all together. My mind is still in tact for the time being! I wanted to showcase Annie. Her quilling is just amazing. She's one of the most creative quillers I know. Her pictures on Flickr of all her quilling work are fascinating to look at. Go see them by clicking here. Here's what I found out about Annie from her blog:
- "I am a multi hobbie craft person. I love to experiment with paper but Quilling and Mirror Art is my favourite.I am a housewife who spend all my free time on creating something beautiful with a minimum cost as possible. I try not to copy anything from others but learn and experiment my own methods. These are all easy craft which needs patience clear mind and a bit of talent too. It gives a lot of satisfaction, peace of mind and happiness. It is in a way a meditation too. My talent for handcraft was from my very young days. There is no limit to my experiments on various handwork. you name it I try it"
"I did not know what quilling was, till I accidentally got this little magazine with a picture of a quilled rat, while I was looking for books on art and craft in a book store. I just took a glimps at it and put it away.I love experimenting new handcrafts and I never throw junk without thinking twice how I could make use of it. When I ran out of ideas and was wondering what next, the thought of this little rat flashed back at me. I did not know how it was done cause I did not bother looking at it. But I knew it was with strips of paper. Looking back now I am so happy I did not look at it cause that is what inspired me to quill the way I do. The professional quillers will note that my method is different.I twisted paper in all ways till I was satisfied with it."THE LADY IN THE GARDEN" is my very first quilled picture.I started quilling about three years back. I had no knowledge of how to work on a computor too, till my husband got me a Laptop one year ago. I just Googled, to learn everything I did not know. Now my Laptop is my best friend that connects me to the world
I do not have a single tool for quilling that I bought. I make them.If you are a person who like quilling, and have no tools or strips, just follow the method I used. All strips in my pictures are made with 1/8" of strips cut out of A4 coloured paper. They are so cheep. Sometimes the darker shades are bit expensive.You can use a toothpick by making a small slit at the pointed end and use it to quill or get a ribbon embroidery needle and chip the tip of the eye so it would look like a needle split in two. Get an old felt pen (the pens that kids use for colouring, in case you do not know) cut of the felt point and insert the pointed side of your needle into it. You have a perfect quilling needle and that is what I use. And for the basic just go to "you tube" and look for "basic quilling". There are plenty of tutorials by experience quillers. You too could be an expert in no time. But a little bit of advice, try not to do what others have done. Learn from them but try out your own pictures. It is only then that you get satisfaction and happiness of what you do."
Make sure to visit Annie to see all of her great quilling and other wonderful crafts she does.