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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Quilled Dimensional Nature Picture Frame - Chickadees on a Pine Branch

Well, I posted a tutorial on making pine branches in my last post and you may have been wondering how I came about making pine branches when I had not used it in any of my posts. Ta Daaa!!.... here it is!! I was so excited at the way they turned out I could not resist posting the tutorial ahead of the quilled frame.

 I saw some pictures of Chickadees and thought I must quill them. Since Christmas is almost upon us I decided to use pine leaves. Further I wanted to  give it dimension and this gave me the opportunity to go on a journey of creative discovery.

Here is a different perspective to show the dimensions in this frame.


I have used fiberglass cloth for the background and was forced to use the glue gun, much to my dismay as I could not get the PVC glue to adhere to the background.


In order to shape the pine branch and have it come out of the picture, I used very thin gauge wire for the skeleton of the branch.

As for the Chickadees, I have used black, white, grey and orange 3mm strips.The method is the same one I have been using  for quilling my birds for some time now and involves folding the strip to get the thread like effect. The finished product looks like embroidery with paper strips in place of thread. This method allows me to grade the colors when required.As you can see in the lower bird,  I have got a light orange shade at the breast between the white and the orange.

I have made the feet using quilled stems as in my tutorial here . Take a closer look.
All in all, I am thrilled at the results. I would be honored if you take time to comment  on my posts.

28 comments:

  1. I love this piece of art! It came out so real and alive - I can feel how the chicadees comunicate!

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  2. Love the way you have made the birds feathers

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  3. Beautiful picture. The realism is amazing.

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  4. Christine, I love the life like birds, love the background too !!

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  5. Christine, thank you for visiting my blog. Your work is amazing. I cant wait to look at your tutorials.

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  6. Wow!! You are so brilliant!! This is a lovely piece of art. I am so happy to come by your blog and now your keen follower!! Would love to try this form of art!! :)
    And thank you so much for your sweet words on my blog!
    Ayushi :)

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  7. Wow !!! Absolutely Stunning ..i love those lil birds ...they look sooo real .

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  8. This is really beautiful, so realistic! Thank you for visiting my blog!
    Pam
    scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

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  9. Hey,I was wondering about the pine leaves ..why not complete project n only tutorial..hmm..Got it !! I loved feathery texture you have quilled makes the birds look real and the pine branch too !!

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  10. Wow how beautiful, love your talents...

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  11. Wow...Love these chikadees...even i have collected few pics for quilling...This is way beyond the words could describe...Life like creation..Christine :)

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  12. lovely cute birds... love the way u made them and also the pine leaves.. framed piece looks amazing..:)

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  13. Wonderful quilling! I love the birds!

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  14. VERY pretty, Christine! Thanks for your kind comment on my blog too! I have been visiting your blog from time to time for a while now, and I admire the way that you share your quilling discoveries. In fact, I have recommended the link to my Quilling Guild colleagues as a source of inspiration. Keep up the good work!
    Philippa
    http://quilliance.blogspot.com

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  15. So totally in awe of your quilling skills. This is fabulous. Those birds are so life like. Hugs Mrs A.

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  16. super gorgeous beautiful colors!
    Greetings Baukje

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  17. Wspaniała praca , gałązka super :) a ptaszek jak żywy :) dziękuję za odwiedziny na moim blogu , pozdrawiam :)
    Alicja

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  18. Absolutely stunning. Love your use of the background texture. Great job.
    Myrna

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  19. This is AMAZING Christine, simply amazing! The birds look ready to take flight!

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  20. Terrific!!! Very impressive! The birds look as if they were embroidered in silk! Very neat and delicate work with their feathers. Absolutely wonderful pine!.. and my mind is totally blown away by birds' legs!!!! It's amazing!

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  21. Very very beautiful Chris. How meticulously you have quilled. Love your work.

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  22. I have no idea how I missed this post but I can say I love it, everything looks wonderful, the birds, the branches and the fiberglass background gives an interesting perspective, lovely creation Christine. Love it!

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  23. oh wow, love the birds, awesome !!!!
    Paula

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  24. jealous on your creativity Chris :) wonderful work :)

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  25. Hi, Chris! Birds are very beautiful and realistic! I'm impressed!

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