Botanical Quilling - Garden Peas

Before summer slips away, I'd like to show you this framed paper filigree piece that was included in my quilling exhibit at the Brandywine River Museum of Art. I made it as a gift for someone who enjoys growing peas each spring, thus the choice of subject material.

quilled peas in titanium frame
To be honest, I never cared too much for peas as a child, but I've certainly mended my ways. Now not only do I like to eat them, but I also admire the growing habit of the plant itself... such delicate tendrils with a surprisingly firm grasp - really quite miraculous! I enjoyed recreating that aspect in paper.

Strips of hand cut vellum were used for the pea pods, and Speck-tacular quilling paper (edit: sadly now discontinued) from Lake City Craft Company made up the majority of the plant and flowers. I find that the muted, speckled shades are a natural for plant construction and the paper is just the right weight for looping and sculpting.

Ann Martin
Ann Martin

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  1. Oh I love it all, Ann! So earthy and the filigree placement is perfect! Very creative. Thanks for sharing :)


  2. Very beautiful! I've seen it on NAQG site, and now can look even closer. Thanks for sharing!

  3. what a wonderfull artwork!!!
    Nati (Brasil)

  4. That is adorable! The tendrils of the plant make it a particularly good subject for quilling.

  5. beautiful Ann, really very beautiful!...... &

    I eat my peas with honey ,
    I have done all my life!
    It makes the peas taste funny!
    but keeps them on the knife!

    S =)

  6. Ann,
    So beautiful and realistic! Gentle tendrils and pods are awesome.

  7. This is really beautiful, Ann! I love the way it spills out of the frame!

    And who woulda thunk peas could be beautiful? (Nasty green little smooshy things! ... I'm not a pea fan....)

    Paper peas are different, though - I love these! Really stunning!

  8. Very lucky recipient of this gorgeous piece!


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