The Art of Quilling by Obsidian Rose Design

May 19, 2022 |
Rows of quilled rainbows against a dark background, all by Obsidian Rose Design

Quilling is the art of rolling, folding, and shaping paper. I was introduced to quilling art when I was a teenager, and for everything I saw at the time, quilling looked a lot like little flowers and small embellishments to enhance handmade cards and other paper crafts. It was not until much later that I started to fully grasp the scope and potential of this art form. When I saw Corinne Brazier’s work at Obsidian Rose Design, I realized how hard artists have been working to push the boundaries of quilling and redefine the scope of this extremely intricate art form.

Quilled Sloth, Obsidian Rose Design
Sloth quilled artwork and photography by Obsidian Rose Design

Origin Story

Corinne discovered quilling much the same way many of us discover our own new hobbies: YouTube. After watching many videos on the subject of quilling, Corinne was gifted a quilling starter kit. That was about 5 years ago. The rest is history.

Corinne’s artistic journey hasn’t been all rainbows and butterflies–like many artists, Corinne has had to face off against her own self confidence and the struggle to really believe in herself, her business (Obsidian Rose Design), and her art. “What can be achieved with paper is astonishing,” Corinne explains. “Sometimes it’s hard not to compare yourself to other quillers, but my goal has always been just to be myself.”

Rainbow on bright blue background, all quilled by Obsidian Rose Design
Rainbow quilled artwork and photography by Obsidian Rose Design

Technique

One of the things I admire most about Corinne’s work is how different each piece is from the next. She uses a number of techniques to achieve various visual effects and infuse her own personal style into her quilling artwork. The two techniques I wanted to show you today are called “coiling” and “on edge.”

Coiling

If you’ve seen quilling art before, you’ve probably seen it represented with the traditional coiling techniques, similar to what you see in Corinne’s gorgeous rainbow. The quiller rolls the paper strips up (traditionally around some kind of quill) and then uses these shapes to build their artwork. I rarely see quilling artwork that uses this technique to fill the entire background the way Obsidian Rose Design does. The result is stunning.



Quilled Highland Cow by Obsidian Rose Design
Highland Cow quilled artwork and photography by Obsidian Rose Design

On Edge

As I mentioned above, Corinne utilizes a vast number of techniques in her quilling art. I found her portfolio absolutely fascinating to thumb through. “My current favorite technique is called on edge,” Corinne explained to me. “It is a lot more time consuming and intricate and involves sticking the strips of paper on the thin edge.”

You can see the “on edge” technique at work in many of her pieces at Obsidian Rose Design, including her favorite, the Highland Cow. “I think it’s my favorite because it really pushed me out of my comfort zone with the on edge style of quilling. I really believe that it showed me I was capable of anything if I put my mind to it.”

Butterfly work in progress by Obsidian Rose Design, on edge technique
Quilled Butterfly (work in progress) and photography by Obsidian Rose Design

Quilling Tips And Advice From A Pro

When it comes to quilling, Corinne has a few tips for other artists out there. Her first piece of advice? “Less is more when it comes to glue.” As with any papercraft, you definitely don’t want to go overboard with the adhesives. But it was Corinne’s next tip that I really wanted you to hear today: “Just be yourself. Get lost in the art.”

Just be yourself. Get lost in the art.

Corinne’s advice may sound simple, but it is also oh so important. A common trap, especially for newer artists, is falling into a box of what you think others expect or want to see from you as an artist. When you free yourself from the expectations of others and create the art you love, you can fall in love with the art you create. There is a peace in this headspace that a lot of artists are never quite able to achieve. (Read more: “What is art: the chronically low self confidence of a crafter”)



Quilled sunflower on white background, Obsidian Rose Design
Quilled Sunflower and photography by Obsidian Rose Design

Corinne Brazier, Artist behind Obsidian Rose Design

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Corinne is an artist specializing in quilling. You can find and follow her quilling artwork as Obsidian Rose Design. Corinne dreams of staying true to herself as she grows both as a person and as an artist. There are still many projects she cannot wait to create, and I am excited to see what inspirational quilling artwork she comes up with next.

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Originally posted on April 24, 2022.

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