The Art of Paper Filigree

This blog is to celebrate the things I enjoy making. This includes quilling art, crafts, and cooking recipes and ideas, as well as some musings. I enjoy sharing ideas. By all means, if you want to borrow an art idea, go for it. But please, make it your own; don't just copy. If you've never heard of quilling art, I hope this introduces it as an art form and possible hobby. And I hope the pages to the right of the quilling blog posts offer up information, ideas and inspiration.

Enjoy your visit! If you have questions or comments, by all means share.

Monday, February 16, 2015

My Latest Work...
Ok, so I've tried several times to upload new quilling art pictures to my blog, but they've "improved" this upload to the point where it just won't work for me. 

It's a shame.  It used to work, and really quite easily.  Now it won't.  There's just this annoying little ball turning different colours... endlessly, and nothing happening.  And there isn't much point to an art blog that won't upload images of my artwork.

I will leave the rest of the blog here that uploaded prior to their latest "fix," including the butterfly tutorial which I hope people will continue to discover.  But for those who want to see my latest work, and there have been several new pieces, please visit my Quilling Art page on Facebook.  My pictures will still upload there.

The URL is:

I hope to see you there.  :)

Sunday, October 13, 2013

More Butterflies

Yes, I've been busy making all kinds of things.  But since I sold all my butterflies, I decided I had to make more.  I came up with a new idea for them: butterfly in a bottle.  Here's my first one. 

And I needed another framed one, so this is what I came up

These are made differently.  I used smaller design pieces to make the monarch in the bottle.  The framed one is made just as the butterfly is in the butterfly workshop posted in this blog.  (Look around... it's here somewhere!)

I used a conventional matting, decorating it as well, so that instead of creating a background, I just used a piece of carding in a colour I liked and mounted the butterfly on a dried twig.  Yes, I still don't like giving up the picture so abruptly at the frame, so it is painted as well.  :)

Fun!  I'm also busy working on some new cards.  But that's for another day.  :)  Onward!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Blue Jay!

Last Spring a wee baby squirrel came 'round our place, apparently looking for his mama.  She had been killed by a car across from the neighbour's place.  This poor wee baby squirrel kept going up to anyone, including our cats, as if to ask, "are you my mama?"

We kind of took care of him, putting out sunflower seeds for him to eat.  We didn't know if he'd survive long without any apparent fear for creatures that would harm him, but somehow he did. 

Now he has lots of squirrelly friends, probably in part because we still put out food for him.  Squirrels that have human friends with food are probably pretty popular, so we figure his friends are teaching him squirrelly ways.

We put out mostly unsalted peanuts in the shell for them, but of course, it isn't only the squirrels taking advantage of this.  There's a flock of blue jays living in the trees across the road, and when we put out those peanuts, they take turns stealing a share for themselves.  Jays are related to crows, and my, they can be aggressive and raucous birds for sure!  But hey, they are also very beautiful.  Just had to make one in quilling art. :)

Sunday, February 17, 2013


I've been working on some small stuff, but felt the need to start in on some new pictures. 

Been wanting to create an orca, so here she is.  :)

Yes, I'll be framing it, but I want to paint the frame with some white and blue first.  I really don't like to give up the picture so abruptly at the frame.


Saturday, November 17, 2012

Some new work!

Yep, still here, working away.  Time for those Christmas Craft sales.  Two this weekend.. just little ones.  Not looking so much for making money as for networking with other crafters.  Hey, it's all good.  I don't have as much new stuff as I wanted to, but here's yet another dragon!  My, but they are popular.  This one is Dagwood, and he just loves toasted marshmallows!  :)

And some new holiday cards and tags of course, with some fave designs!
As well as some attempts at new designs!  :)

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A New Guitar

This is my latest guitar.  I chose aqua pearlized quilling strips for it, using black strips and silver paper for the finishing touches, then black, red and aqua paper for the added musical notes.   I'm always reluctant to just let my pictures end so abruptly at the frame, so once again I used craft quality spray paint to add a little colour there too... blue on black.

Sunday, July 15, 2012


So, what have I been doing lately?  Someone
mentioned that a dragonfly would be nice, so I did one.  I used glistening paper, all different colours for the wings.  I wish I could find some deeper shadowbox frames though... I could do more with something like this if I had more room.  I may have to start making my own frames. ;p
I just love this little froggy poem... I've made one before with a different frog pattern that I devised myself.  This time I tried the 3D, curly limbed pattern out of a quilling art book.  It's interesting anyway!
Another vendor at the market I'm doing this year asked me if I could make an owl.  "Sure," I said.  She really liked it. :)  And of course, I've kept the cards comin', recently figuring out how to create a likeness of an echinacea flower.  I really like to combine photos with quilling art on my cards, and it seems as if other people like it too.  :)  Most of my cards are blank, all purpose, but the card on the right is a wedding card.  So, busy, busy!  :)