Quilling Inspiration - Rennie Mackintosh

Recently I mentioned how much I admire the work of Scottish artist and architect Rennie Mackintosh and promised to share a little project I did that was inspired by him. Truth be told, this card is a representation of another person's work who was also inspired by Rennie. I'll explain...


A friend I met via an online cardmaking group visited from Scotland a few summers ago and brought me this glass clock that someone designed using Rennie's popular rose motif. I couldn't wait to recreate the strong lines with paper I had on hand... thus the colors aren't quite right and I should have made the quilled coils more angular, but still, I had fun making it. (Created only for my own personal enjoyment by the way - I would never-ever sell the design of another.)


It seems I'm far from alone in finding Mackintosh designs intriguing... a quick search will bring up any number of stained glass companies that take inspiration from his influence on the Arts and Crafts movement. The spare elegance of Japanese design prompted Rennie to join this aesthetic with the Art Nouveau movement in the latter half of the 1800s - early 1900s. He was a master at effectively combining strong angles with floral curves.

Here's a Rennie Mackintosh-inspired Valentine with tips for doing on-edge quilled cursive lettering.

Ann Martin
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  1. I was just visiting a home yesterday that had been renovated in Arts and Craft style. Beautiful! Especially the windows. I have always enjoyed the art of that period.

    The cards are unique and lovely.

  2. Your flower looks so beautiful Ann.I am also inspired to try one of those awesome stained glass designs.

  3. what did you do that again beautifully done I love you work!
    Greetings Baukje

  4. what a great card that is. Love the style

  5. Thank you Ann, I liked your card.
    Really enjoyed the magazine layout as well.

  6. Lovely card!
    Thanks for sharing the magazine feature. Headed over now.
    Happy Thursday.

  7. Hi Ann
    Your card inspired by Rennie Mackintosh is very sweet. The rose is lovely and the red and pink look good together.
    Thanks for the magazine link.
    Cheers Licia

  8. I love Rennie! He's been a favorite of mine since design school. Beautiful work.


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