Quilled bird

Homyachok challenge blog has a new quilling challenge. Birds.
It took me quite a while to choose the bird. I thought of a 3d miniature peacock, and of ducks, and of a whole flock of birds flying to the south, and of storck with a baby... but nothing seemed to be inspiring enough. And then I remembered that one of the short versions of my daughter's name means a "baby jackdaw"! We have a popular cartoon where this little bird has a funny role and always asks "Who's there?" on every knock-knock. So I took the image of that daw and quilled him.
He is small. About 4 cm (1 2/3") tall. Miniature project, I used 1,5 mm strips. It's sooo hard for one's eyes to work with such dimensions, after half of an hour you can hardly see anything with no blurring.

I made this guy using this pic:
And he's small 'cause I'm planning to use him as embellishment on a scrapbook layout devoted to my baby's name.
That's how he looks on my palm.
I usedd only two coils - toungue and eye, for the rest of the bird I applied the technique of tight graphic quilling. Habe no idea whether it has already been used anywhere by someone else. I "invented" it after learning about the "paper-art" technique (click for tutorial, in Russian though). Make a silhouette and fill it with strips. No rolling, just little bits of strips. Each glued separately!
Unfortunatelly I had no black 1,5 mm strips. so I used dark brown, and after I finished I covered all black-to-be paper with black marker and black ink. That made a funny color effect. A close up:
And another view:
I can't say I'm 100% satisfied with this project. The size is probably too small and thus all the glue drops and 0,01 mm strips difference are more that visible %\ But I'm happy that I tried it. I love trying everything new =)))
Make a quilled bird and join us. and anyway come to see other designers AWESOME birds there:
Thanks for looking!


  1. Замечательный, обалденный приц! Смотрится, как нитками выложенный.

    1. Спасибище! Ура, именно такого эффекта, как нитками, я и хотела достичь! Ура, значит, получилось!

  2. птиц, конечно

  3. how wonderful I love your beautiful work!
    Greetings Baukje

  4. Галчонок :) Супер проект! Да-да, он на вид такой велюровый, такой.. аж потрогать хочется!
    Great job!

  5. I just received my copy of the Russian magazine from 2012 that had a big section on quilling. It included your little bird and my Heron. I can't read any of the magazine, but its great to see my piece in it. I wonder if you could tell me the name of the magazine so maybe I can find it on the internet and translate? Love the little bird

    1. Thank you for your kind comment =)
      It was 2013 issue of Scrapbooking, creative way of life.