See my first quilled landscape here. There are many more landscapes in this blog .
HOW TO QUILL A LANDSCAPE/PICTURE – Part 3
- Begin by pinning the printout of the landscape to the soft board with the polythene or any other see through, non-stick paper on top. You are going to paste on top of the non-stick surface.
- The next step is to decide which elements form the background and which form the foreground. In the quilled tree landscape, the tree and the flowers on the hill are in the foreground and the rest of the scene is part of the background.
- It follows that the background has to be quilled first and the foreground elements will be quilled separately and blended into the background.
- Next is to outline the elements in the background with strips so that you can fill each element with the chosen basic shape. So, use pins to get the strips to form the outline of the grassy hill element.
- In my landscape I have outlined the bottom border and used yellow grass to form the top outline. It was pretty easy to outline, as it is straight and forms three sides of a rectangle. You can start and end the outline by folding the double strip around the pin and gluing the strip onto the pin. Once the landscape element is done remove the pin gently by twisting it around while pulling the pin out. Use double or triple strips to get a clear firm outline.
- Now stick the basic grass quills to the outline and onto each other to create the turf. Use glue sparingly and only at the tips and bottom of the grass. Do not stick the basic shapes to the bottom polythene. The direction of the grass does not matter as long as you have most of it facing upwards. Fill the in-between spaces by fitting the grass in any direction but down.
- I usually do not pre-quill the basic shapes, I make and paste so that I can make the shapes to the required size. It is easier to get the grass to fit without empty spaces when you adopt this method.
- There that was easy wasn’t it?
- You can mix greens for the grass making some places dark to indicate that the ground is not even.
- Once you have pasted the grass to form the shape of a hill, paste the yellow grass basic toform the top outline.
- Now use strips and pins to form the outlines of the distant hills.
- Use crimped strips instead of regular strips for the dark green and yellow distant hills.
- Fill the bottom yellow and pink hills with fleur de lis circles by sticking each circle to the other with the minutest bit of glue. Apply the glue by rolling the toothpick on the surface of the circle.
- If your crimped hill has space, cut more crimped strips to the required size and pate it to fill the spaces.
- Note that there must not be too much space in any of the elements. If there is, make basic shapes to fill the space size and fill it in.
- For the green and yellow striped hill use green and yellow grass basic to form the pattern.
- Now you have completed the background double check that all the elements are stuck properly to each other if not, don’t be shy to use your glue.
- Once dried remove this from the non-stick surface and it will look like a quilled mat and you will feel a rush of adrenalin!! Wow, did I just create that!!! I am blilliant!!
- If it is stuck to the surface in some places, nudge it out with a new toothpick.
2. Place the cut-out on brown printer paper and cut out the image in brown. You will use this to paste the strips on.
3. Remove the quilled background from the backing plastic sheet using a toothpick to gently nudge it out if it is stuck to the polythene. Store it carefully.
4. Place the cutout, brown trunk element on the printout and put a few pins around it to hold it in place.
5. Now paste a combination of brown yellow and black strips to form the tree trunk. Crush the strips to get a more gnarled look.
6. Paste it on the brown backing by rolling a toothpick dipped in glue along the edge that is being pasted to the paper. Don’t paste it in a uniform manner just cut long and short strips , crush and paste to make it look like a tree trunk .
7. If you want to have knots, combine brown and black and make a loose coil, crush it and smoothen and then paste in a place that is appropriate for knots.
2. Paste the small strips to form a very long strip. Change the order in which you combine the colors to make it as random as possible.
3. Now quill honeycomb circles and paste them one to the other around your strip quilled branches.
4. Do not paste the circles onto the branches. Just leave space so that you can fit the branches into the spaces later.
5. Use the backing picture to guide you.
6. Once you have completed the tree top lift it off the polythene like a mat.
7. Place it on green or orange backing paper and paste the treetop mat to the paper .
8. When pasting apply little specks of glue at ½ cm intervals along the edge of the treetop mat and paste. Do not put gum onto the center area of the mat. You could also cut out the shape of the treetop in green or orange and apply the gum on the paper and stick the tree top mat on it.
9. Once the tree top mat is pasted to the backing paper allow the gum to dry and then cut out spaces to fit the branches into.
2. Whatever element you want to lift out of the landscape should be lifted by sticking pegs (tight coils) to the back.
3. Now take the quilled hill mat and paste an appropriate colored backing paper to the mat and cut it out.
4. Paste the hill mat to the backing paper as indicated for the tree top.
5. I paste the elements to paper and cut out but this step is not essential. All the mats can directly be pasted to the framing board or to acid free card .
6. Paste the hill mat to the background card or framing board.
7. Now place the roots of the tree slightly touching the hilltop and paste pegs along the trunk and branches. ( pegs should be pasted on the paper side which will be pasted to the framing board or card.
8. Do the same for the treetop.
9. Now place the tree correctly on the scene and glue the roots to touch the quilled mat hill top and gum the pegs slightly with a toothpick without allowing the glue to touch the board, then paste the trunk firmly to the board.
10. Repeat procedure with the treetop taking care to fit it into the branches
11. Now you will have a 3d scene where the tree pops out slightly.
12. Now paste the flowers onto the hill mat and elevate some with pegs before sticking it to the hill mat.