|My favorite wood handle|
quilling tool and a few pieces
of the latest project.
|Pick a nice permission-free|
book of designs.
As I've mentioned in previous posts, design and motif books are a great source of ideas. I bought a motif book about dragons that was specifically permission-free, so I could do as I liked with the design and the finished product. I spent a long while flipping through the book and trying to make a decision. My friend likes designs with Asian elements, so I chose to narrow the search to Asian dragons. And then I spotted a good one. It was too small for what I wanted, but my copier cured that by expanding the image several hundred percent.
|Dragon colored in with pencils.|
Size of the dragon can be seen
using my grid, four
squares to the inch.
I was pleased with the result, and figured that this had some great elements to express in quilling. The only concern I had (and have) is the face. Haven't gotten that far (yet). Note that an arm and a leg are behind the main body, and that the tail is also flipped up to be up above part of the body and the lower part of the tail. I wanted to quill this difference - make the dragon dimensional. So I had to plan ahead which pieces needed to be quilled and then glued in what order.
Image Credit: My pix of my quilling, and a line art from the book Dragons - A Book of Designs, by Marty Noble. Dragon line drawing is specifically free for use. BUT my quilled version of the dragon is my own design, and I hold the copyright for that.