I think it is truly marvelous how those who quill seek out one another. Like so many other groups that band together and start sharing information and techniques - it helps us grow to share . It always makes me smile when I get a compliment about a card or picture that I have quilled. It humbles me when someone new thinks my work is beautiful while I look at the work others have done and strive to be as good as they are.
Because I'm self taught and haven't been quilling more than 7 or 8 months, I feel like a true amateur. I spend hours creating shapes that don't do what my mind has in store for them. I don't like doing the same picture over and over so if an idea doesn't work out after a few tries, well, I just give up. Of course, sometimes I begin with an idea in my head and although it doesn't work out as I imagined, I end up with something even better. But the point is that both amuses and humbles me that I can be so new and yet appreciated at the same time. And I think that at this point in time, that is a very inspiring thought!
I haven't created anything different, but I did create one card to meet a lesson requirement. It is done on a background of watercolor paper that I created. I don't have paints, so I wet the paper and let the markers bleed on the paper. Once it dried I was able to trim it to size and add my quilled pieces. I used the same color strips as I did markers so that it all matched up. I made it a friendship card with the stamped sentiment. It turned out to be a very colorful card!
If you have a chance to do so, let me know about your beginning days of quilling. Were you self taught or did someone show you the tips and tricks? Do you have a favorite other person that inspires you or do you look around at nature for your inspiration? At what point did you feel you were no longer an amateur?
Old or new at quilling, I hope you enjoy being creative and that you have a fantastic week!