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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Quilled Nature Landscape Picture - Black Maned Lion of the Kalahari

Today's post is a quilled landscape picture of a Black Maned Lion, which though rare are found in the Kalahari Plains. I think he turned out rather handsome and I'm glad I have done justice to this beautiful beast who is a king among Kings.

Previously I had quilled a cartoon lion which I call A lion share of Love, but till now I have not dared to quill a lion, as  I wanted to do it justice when I really got down to it. However, I did quill a Tiger very early into my journey into quilling  which turned out pretty well considering the fact that I could hardly quill at that time and the basic shapes are all too loosely quilled in my opinion.

I have quilled him, my style which I think is quite unique so far, using various basic shapes that look like hair rather than coils.

Here is a closer look
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I used a picture of the lion to get the colors right and have combined colors to get a more natural look.

The grassy plain has been glued on top so that the lion looks like its standing behind at a distance and I have not put many leaves on the tree in order to get the viewer to focus on the lion rather than the background.

I would love to hear what you all think.


  1. I think I messed up a bit by clicking on commentiing thru Google + so that some of you were unable to comment. Sorry about that but it has been rectified now.

  2. oh, wow, Christine, the lion looks so real.

  3. It is Awesome ! so perfect. It looks so alive. All your quillings are lovely, Christine :)

  4. Wow...Just lifelike...Oh ya...u have a unique style of quilling which brings all your creations a new life :)

  5. Christine
    You have an amazing eye for detail and coloring. This is gorgeous.

  6. Love how the face came out, it really stands out,like how the fur looks more real, did you fold some of the paper for it?.Like the idea on the tree to. as for how you did the grass area, I think maybe trying something different, not sure what it would be, but I'm sure you'd come up with it, I think the white paper stands out more than the grass, just my opinion !!!!

  7. Wow!!!Very Beautiful, Chris!!
    Nati from Brazil

  8. How well you use your strips to breathe life into your projects. Really inspiring.

  9. What I think? It's awesome! It's more like a painting - so alive! I like how strong looks the lion and how tiny is the grass - very nice contrast!

  10. Fabulous job once again ..How come you come out with such master pieces so consistently ??I loved this one..The hairs look so real..and the eye have quilled even the refection of light in it.The direction of grass gives the feel of breeze .SO perfect!

    Glad you changed the commenting with google + !

  11. I think this is another masterpiece!

  12. thanks for visiting my blog.

    And as an answer to your question, yes I saw your latest work on fb.
    I love it very much. I love quilling to, but this, is to far difficult for me. so, this is amazing.

  13. Thank you all for taking the time to comment and for all your encouragement.

  14. WOW Christine! This is unbelievable! I'm glad that you dropped by and left a comment about how to make this! :) You had indeed done justice to the lion! The grandeur is clearly visible!!!!

  15. Absolutely breathtaking! This is such a magnificent piece of art!

  16. This is definitely a lot of work. And it turned out superb and worth the effort. I'm gonna pin it to my board.

  17. I can't believe how real the lion looks! Oh, my! You outdone yourself this time, Chris! And yes, it certainly this is your own, unique style!


  18. Gorgeous animal! Very cool greenery, leaves and grass. The lion's expression is impressive too. Awesome work with loops!


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