Monday, January 21, 2013

Ty Wilson-inspired Quilling

Perhaps you're familiar with the romantic illustrations of artist Ty Wilson. I was introduced to his wonderfully spare and sophisticated line drawings via my quilling friend Nandini Rao of Dubai, U.A.E.

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She had come across Ty's work online, recognized how perfectly it would translate to on-edge paper design, and wrote to ask if she might replicate some of his art with narrow strips of paper. Permission granted, Nandini has enjoyed creating a series of romantic works that are for her own enjoyment; not to sell.

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She uses fairly stiff 1/8 inch black paper strips to create the outlines and 1/16 inch red strips to make the folded roses. I asked Nandini about her method for gluing on-edge paper, as tried-and-true tips are always happily received.

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She lightly embosses a design and then goes over the indented line a little at a time with a blunt needle that has been dipped in glue. It's very slow work, but Nandini is careful to use the smallest amount so there is no shiny trail once the glue dries. If an extra small strip needs to be adhered, she holds it with tweezers, dips it in a shallow glue puddle, taps it once or twice to make sure there is no excess, and places it into position.

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Nandini got into quilling by chance after coming upon a book by Trees Tra and Malinda Johnston at her local bookstore. Her then four year old daughter was on a school break and Nandini needed a project they could work on together. Later she searched quilling online, found the Yahoo quillers group, and has never looked back.... those of us who have been down the same path know how addictive quilling can be!

Nandini blogs at Dream Scapes and posted more about her Ty-inspired work here.


14 comments:

  1. Thank you so much, Ann, for this wonderful post. The art is just stunning and the gluing tip is invaluable. Thanks, also, to Nandini for sharing her lovely paper art with us. I cannot imagine making a folded rose with 1/16" paper. Simply amazing!

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    1. Hi Charlotte and thanks for your comment. I know what you mean... those are teeny-tiny paper roses!

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  2. Thank you Ann for sharing these wonderful creations and congratulations to Nandini for the excellent work!

    Manuela

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    1. Thanks for your comment, ManuK - I'm glad you enjoyed seeing Nandini's quilling.

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  3. She has a wonderful sense of what can be achieved with a line. There's attitude and emotion and sense of movement. Delightful!

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  4. Nandini does such beautiful work. I like all her work. These are excellent examples , So neat and perfect.

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  5. Amazing!
    Really classy I should say.

    Thanks for visiting my blog the other day, and sorry as it is only in French... I need to create a new one, with both languages =)
    (Yep I did sew the bag myself, it was my second attempt)

    http://edithetvalentine.canalblog.com/

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    1. Hi Edith, not to worry, google translate helped me out. :) Thanks for visiting!

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  6. Oh wow, how cool! It even LOOKS like a drawing if you don't look close enough. Thanks for sharing, these made me smile.

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  7. This is beautiful. I so enjoy getting your posts. When I open my e-mail and See"All Things Paper" I have to smile and eagerly open it to see what's next. I especially enjoy when you add "other" artists' creations (more to enjoy). Thanks for sharing and being so faithful to inspire us.

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  8. Nandini, what a lovely set of quilled masterpieces and they are such classy pieces. I enjoyed hearing about how you achieved the look. Good luck with your blog and may you go onto make many, many more masterpieces.
    Licia

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  9. Oh my, it always boggles my mind that someone can use so few lines and make such beautiful art! Pure talent!

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