Quilled Light Box Tutorial
I have to be completely honest… I’m not sure that this will be relevant to many of you but it was to me. I have always said that I have no organic artistic skills. I never did well in art classes in school and to be quite frank, my 5-year-old son is probably a little more refined in his drawing skills than I am. I use pictures of quilling from every nook of the Internet. I even go as far to say that I “copy” though I have never sold anything or even posted anything online without the permission from the person responsible for the creation as well as properly conveying that information to followers and readers. So for me, it really comes down to using an image that is already created and I quill over the image and eventually transfer to canvas or wherever its home may be. I have provided an image to the right that gives an idea as to how I pin and quill. This is a near completed piece of quilling.
So the other day, I was working on a project and I did not have access to my printer or computer. I needed to use an image, however I needed it to be flipped. I have a light box, however, my son happened to be sleeping in the room that it just so conveniently happened to be. So I had to get creative, and that’s where my talents come into play. I started trying to figure out how I could replicate a light box and lets just say, I rocked it, hardcore.
So this is what I did… I had a clear scrapbooking container that I use for holding supplies when moving from place to place around my house until I finally fully reclaim my quilling area in the house.
I taped my image upside down on the scrapbooking box with blue painters tape so that it would come off without tearing the paper.
After doing that I took an iphone and I turned on the flashlight feature on it. I placed it inside the box so the light was facing up. I closed the box and I was then able to clearly see the image where the light was shining upward. I was then able to trace the image without the image moving because I had taped the image to the top.
As I needed to trace other areas, I tilted the clear box back and forth so that the flashlight would move and I could see the other areas of the picture I was tracing.
So in the end, I had a perfectly traced patchwork elephant; fondly known as Elmer. Elmer was written by David McKee in 1989 and has been a go to family favorite in my house.
I do have to be honest about the end product of my “light box” tracing experiment. My intentions was to take the traced elephant, flip it over on to the canvas board and rub the back of the paper forcing the pencil marks to transfer in the correct direction. It didn’t work as I hoped it would. I couldn’t get a dark enough line that allowed me to keep the measurements of the elephant. I ended up reverting back to my “usual” technique of quilling over the image and transferring it to the canvas after a certain point. The process of creating Elmer from start to finish will be written in a future blog post.