Paper Quilled Spring Bee

What a year 2020 has turned out to be? About a month into the lockdown, I finally got out of my funk and created this Paper Quilled Spring Bee. It was literally one of the few times over the spring that I felt creative. I guess there is something about a pandemic that puts you in a state of mind incapable of creating art.

I’m hoping that with Maine and the rest of the country slowly opening back up, that I’ll have more opportunities to be creative.

Paper Quilled Spring Bee
Paper Quilled Spring Bee

Construction

The Paper Quilled Spring Bee is 8″ x 10″ and roughly 1/2″ in depth. I kind of went outside my normal routine in a few ways with this guy. First, I mounted him on a piece of grunge-effect cardstock, which was in turn mounted on a piece of fiber-infused artboard. Normally I work directly on the artboard, but I’ve been experimenting with adding more background color and texture to my work. This is not the first piece I’ve done this with, but it’s definitely something I plan to continue doing.

The bee itself was made outlined with Little Circles On Edge cardstock. I filled the body in with regular 1/4″ quilling paper using my scrunch technique. The “beehives” were made with my Cricut machine using a gold adhesive foil.

Paper Quilled Spring Bee
Paper Quilled Spring Bee

Once the wings were done, I put an extra bead of glue along all the edges (interior and exterior) to ensure there were no big gaps between the strips and the background. After it was dry, I poured Quilled Creations Crystal Coat Glaze into the sections to create a transparent, glossy look in hopes of mimicking the clear webbing on a bee’s wing. It really came out great and now that I know this works, will use it in other creations.

My quilled bumblebee will be listed in my Etsy shop shortly. I’m in the process of revamping my studio this month and once that’s done, the listing will go live. In the meanwhile, please take a peek at my other current listings.



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