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Friday, April 5, 2013

Graphic Quilled Nature Landscape Picture - Swan Lake

Today's post is a graphic quilled, painting like, nature landscape picture of a lake with swans floating among the reeds.

I quilled this soon after I quilled my first graphic quilled nature scene , Tree & Water, but never got down to blogging it till now!!

I call it graphic quilling because I have used folded paper strips glued directly to the backing. When I create scenes with basic shapes I call it quilled landscapes.

The basic concept for my graphic art nature scenes are to use the 3mm strip to imitate the elements of nature. In gluing the elements I try to follow the contours of the object, just like pencil shading, so that the light and shadow created by the arrangement of the strips gives depth to the image.

I have seen many landscape quilled pictures where the basic shapes are glued to fill the shape like paintings without shading  or like the way cartoons are colored. Even though these look good,  I feel that a more realistic appearance can be achieved with the same effort, if the shapes are glued to follow the contours of the solid object being depicted. Those of you wishing to perfect the art should try out both methods to see for yourself.

If you notice, I have changed the direction of the feathers in various parts of the bird to try and get a feeling of depth. Even when using strips changing the direction or shaping the strip to portray the shape will make your project look better.

I have also tried using perspective ( shape change depending on eye level and distant objects appearing smaller) and  color (darker to represent depth) in this project.

I would love to know what you think.

31 comments:

  1. Great work as always!! Loved it!

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  2. Fantastic! Like all your landscape so far!Thanks for the detailed explanation.

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  3. This is so amazing! You are so talented!

    Nupur, Thrilling Quilling

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  4. Lovely and the picture has got a such a detailing in depth to every element..

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  5. Awesome..love ur creations.

    Sudha
    sudha-kalra.blogspot.in

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  6. Lovely Swans Chris. fabulous work

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  7. WOW love the way you made the water..so fantastic

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  8. Really beautiful. You are so good at graphic quilling.

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  9. Wooooooooow So beautiful.. lovely always..

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  10. very beautiful!! love the water effect and the eyes of the swans!!

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  11. beautiful, love how you did the reeds and the water,the swans are beautiful !!!
    Paula

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  12. Hi, I don't know too much about quilling but I do know you are so talented and this is yet another beautiful example of your great work.
    Love it. Colors and content are so expressive.
    Myrna

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  13. cool!
    lovely feathers! and awesome grass! very cute and inspiring! thanks for sharing!

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  14. I am late !! Some how missed to comment !Very beautifully done quilled painting ! Your thought about following contour and using colors of varing shades for deapth are very correct,It shows in the painting !!The direction of feathers also help to make it look more realistic !Fabulous Job !

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    1. Try as I may I was unable to access crafthour Urska. But your cards are the cutest I have seen.
      Chris

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  16. You have done a beautifull work, I love it, your landscapes are awsome, I like the way you realised the shadows, excelent work.

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  17. Sheeesh! another outstanding piece of work!!

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  18. Christine!!! Thank you so much for visiting my blog and saying such praise about my work. I have been silently following your blog because I am just in awe of your work & talent (not to mention generosity). And to hear positives from you about my work is beyond just "an honour". I will now follow your blog "loudly".

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  19. GREAT! You have made water shine and shimmering!

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  20. A beautiful picture! My patience is not enough for this job!

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  21. what a beautiful swan beautiful creation!
    Greetings Baukje

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  22. I absolutely love your quilled landscapes, Chris! Would you be willing to share the size of this beauty? I'm really curious because your artwork is always so full of details, it would be interesting to know how big/small everything is.

    Hugs!
    Manu

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  23. this looks fantastic! ive been looking through your blog and i love your quilled pictures!
    xxx Sharon
    http://craftyflower.blogspot.co.uk/

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  24. Thank you, all you wonderful people for all your gracious comments and appreciation. I can not thank you enough nor express adequately how much it means to me. I can think of no better way to reciprocate than to appreciate each of your work individually.
    Chris

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  25. I have no words to praise ur talent...tis is totally awesome!

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  26. wow wow wow you quilling is fantabulous. great inspiration for beginners like me in quilling. thanks for your lovely comment on my blog.

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