I used brown kraft paper for the base, but must admit I think it would have looked better if I had used white. I used two shades of green to create the leaves. The leaves were a bit of a challenge in themselves. I have fat stumpy fingers and some of the pieces are small, so getting six points on those little babies caused me to think a bit. But I managed! It was fastest to pinch the coil into a marquis, then taking my tweezers I held the middle and used my fingers to hold the pinched part and push in toward the tweezers thereby creating two more points. Then I flipped it over and repeated. The berries were easy enough using a tight coil and ever so slightly pushing up in the middle to give them a slight roundness. The gold bow finishes it off.
I wanted to take a minute to share an article I read on another blog. If you can, please check this out:
http://allthingspaper-annmartin.blogspot.com/ Ann's article on Pavlos was inspiring to me. His work emphasizes my point that there are no rules to quilling. You can bend that little strip of paper and make it come to life! I just love the way he used the paper to create and it doesn't look like quilling, it looks more like painting or even that he used textiles. I just found his work to be inspiring and hope that you do as well.
Best wishes to everyone!