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« on: October 12, 2012 06:18:56 PM »

Earth! Fire! Water! ( and I can't decide to make either air or wind.. please help with that cause I totally don't know..) I decided to do an element series with quilling and I have tried a bunch of new techniques with them as well.  I call it my  "random scrunchees" technique it's great to make an interesting fill with paper that doesn't have that patterned feel that most filling with quilling does..


Here's earth.. I used reference images from soil sediment to get my idea! Oh the good times...

I also wanted to do a little fossil in the sediment, hence the wee fish.


I love quilling water it is just too much fun!



I think doing the fire one was the most fun to draw up and sketch. I also really perfected the "random scrunchees" fill on this one. 


I hope you guys like it. These were a blast to create.
Oh and if you could let me know if should do wind or air.. what's the proper four elements...?

Also if you want to see more stuff on these elementals check out my wee blog..
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« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2012 06:50:39 PM »

WOW!!!  AWESOME job!!!!!
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« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2012 06:59:12 PM »

I follow your blog so I've seen these already but I just had to say, these are A-MAZ-ING!!! And the scrunchy fill technique really works!

And just my two cents: Air I think would complete the element set best. Wind is air, but air isn't always wind.
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« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2012 07:17:30 PM »

These are stunning!! You have some serious quilling skills. It's so neat to see this technique being used in a modern and cool way.

Isn't it wind? Maybe I'm just thinking of the band, Earth, Wind and Fire Smiley.
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« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2012 08:02:10 PM »

These are so beautiful! I second the air vote Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2012 08:25:48 PM »

WOW! These are incredible!
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« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2012 10:13:27 PM »

Really impressive - you depicted each one perfectly!  (I think I especially love the Earth)  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2012 10:14:48 PM »

Those are absolutely fantastic, mezcraft! You've really come a long way since that first quilling monogram in the pinterest swap months ago. Amazing! I vote for wind, for the same reason as limeriot. And also, more letters means more space for your beautiful quilling. Wink
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« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2012 10:33:00 PM »

Beautiful.  I love your random scrunch effect. Love the flames on Fire, like sparks running through the stubble.  Your Earth is so rich and I love the fossil fish. And you have really captured the flow of Water.  Looking forward to seeing what you do with Air/Wind.
(And of course there is always the fifth element or Quintessence, which the Greeks called Aether - the pure air for the gods to breathe, although I think to us it would just be the vacuum of space  Smiley)
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« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2012 10:51:32 PM »

FANTASTIC!!

I don't know which I'd do, wind or air, but I can't wait to see what you come up with.
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« Reply #10 on: October 13, 2012 01:30:05 AM »

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« Reply #11 on: October 13, 2012 02:57:28 AM »

This is absolutely beautiful. I love all of the elements (pun not intended) you integrated into this fabulous work of art. (Love the little fishie). This surely rocks and is bookmarked.
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« Reply #12 on: October 13, 2012 03:32:15 AM »

This is amazing..the fourth element is not wind...as someone said, that is a band. The fourth element is Air. It is associated with the colours white, silver (grey) and yellow are associated with air..some recognise pale blue as being associated with air too.

and if you wanted to do a fifth, some pagan traditions recognise a 5 element of spirit or self...this is supposed to be the binding force that unites all of the other elements..so I guess all colours!
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« Reply #13 on: October 13, 2012 03:52:42 AM »

Beautiful! I love the little shoots punching up out of the earth in the first one. They definitely evoke the different feelings of the elements in the styles you've used.

Yep, it's air. If you did decide to also do spirit, like Edel mentioned, I always think of it as purple.
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« Reply #14 on: October 13, 2012 06:40:46 AM »

mezcraft your "Earth" is the most beautiful piece of modern quilling I have ever seen.  the layers, the growing green shoots on top, the colours, the scrunch technique for rocks, the fossil, I am simply amazed and inspired.
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« Reply #15 on: October 13, 2012 07:41:43 AM »

These are amazing!
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« Reply #16 on: October 13, 2012 09:25:10 AM »

Stunning. Wow. I love your work, have always wanted to try quilling. How do you get it to stick to a base?

My favorite is Fire, the color story calls to me.They all Rock. Please do air and spirit. You are quite an artist.
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I am thrilled to see this innovative and detailed work! wonderful! Cheesy
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« Reply #18 on: October 13, 2012 10:54:38 AM »

Wooooooooooooooooow - these are amazing! I love how you've used traditional quilling along with your new scrunching technique to create them. I like how each element is very much distinct from the others.

I'd vote for air in the air vs wind debate, but I might be biased as I'd be basing the choice on astrology: I'm a Gemini, which is an Air sign! Wink
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astrology_and_the_classical_elements

Although I'd not heard of the idea of Spirit/Self before I read the replies, I would love to see you make that one too Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: October 13, 2012 11:24:29 AM »

A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.!

Speechless!  Shocked This totally rocks!

I couldn't even imagine making that...
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« Reply #20 on: October 13, 2012 01:57:18 PM »

Those are absolutely FANTASTIC! I've been procrastinating learning how to quill, but these totally got me motivated! I would go for air (maybe the last airbender popped in my mind) hehe
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« Reply #21 on: October 13, 2012 02:33:31 PM »

these are amazing! beyond amazing!


and air is the fourth element.
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« Reply #22 on: October 13, 2012 02:34:05 PM »

Stunning. Wow. I love your work, have always wanted to try quilling. How do you get it to stick to a base?
Thanks everybody,  i really appreciate the warm fuzzies!

 I use regular elmers glue and the base is actually 1\16th inch thick matte board. (I use to just use card stock but i find that it warped.
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« Reply #23 on: October 13, 2012 04:41:16 PM »

totally gave this a "THIS ROCKS!" u got some crazy talent there!!! right on  Smiley
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« Reply #24 on: October 14, 2012 09:00:28 AM »

These are beyond amazing  Grin 
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« Reply #25 on: October 14, 2012 09:49:42 AM »

How are you applying the glue?  I've tried a couple things, sort of brushing it onto the base in an area before I place a piece down, or having a thin layer of glue on something that I touch the paper down onto and then place, or brush right onto the quilled paper?

Making a mess with glue has been an issue for me, but it might be because I'm not always patient and careful ;0
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« Reply #26 on: October 14, 2012 05:45:23 PM »

How are you applying the glue?  I've tried a couple things, sort of brushing it onto the base in an area before I place a piece down, or having a thin layer of glue on something that I touch the paper down onto and then place, or brush right onto the quilled paper?

Making a mess with glue has been an issue for me, but it might be because I'm not always patient and careful ;0

Hey Fancy,

I have tried putting the glue onto the base paper, and for me it doesn't work as well as I would like it too. How I usually do it is two ways - Smaller pieces I will dip into glue than dab a bit off, bigger pieces I use a toothpick to put just a little bit of glue on the edge of the paper, it takes a lot of patience not to get glue everywhere, but I also use parchment paper to protect the areas that aren't going to get any glue, and I always have a little tool ( spare piece of paper, or tweezer tips) to wipe off any excess glue the minute I put it either in the wrong spot, or if there is too much glue.

 It also really helps if you aren't fighting your quilling paper. So before I lay anything down the shape is already mostly in the paper by curving or folding it the way I want it. The glue keeps it where I want it forever, but the paper itself will mostly keep the shape the way I have shaped it without the glue.. does that make sense?

I also lay out the entire outline of what I am doing before I glue anything down just so I don't have to contend with paper that is already glued down. It may seem silly but it is so much easier that way. 

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« Reply #27 on: October 14, 2012 08:14:12 PM »

Wow - that looks phenomenal - fantastic representations of the elements and I can't wait to see how you do the fourth one!
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« Reply #28 on: October 15, 2012 06:53:10 AM »

These are really gorgeous. I love the fiery flames.
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« Reply #29 on: October 15, 2012 07:52:13 AM »

These are fabulous!!  What patience!  I would love to have that on my wall.

I vote air for the fourth element.  Though some call for 5 elements.  Earth Air Fire Water Spirit
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« Reply #30 on: October 16, 2012 04:19:57 AM »

Brilliant stuff! I especially love the tiny shoots growing up through Earth. Air should be just as much fun for quilling as Water, and I do hope you finish with Spirit, just because I'd love to see what you do for it!

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« Reply #31 on: October 16, 2012 08:07:22 AM »

Fabulous! I've been wanting to try my hand at quilling, and now even more so!
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Oooh I'm so impressed by these! You did a fantastic job Smiley
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« Reply #33 on: October 17, 2012 06:43:55 AM »

So awesome!  I love the fish bones in Earth.  Smiley  But each is really just perfect for each element.

These would make amazing wall hangings.
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Amazing! Your designs are inspired. I love the little fossil fish and plants in the earth one.

For air, I think you could do something similar to what you did with water but add a couple of flying creatures like birds or butterflies. Do it in light grays/neutrals.
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« Reply #35 on: October 18, 2012 11:46:10 AM »

Wow!  These are AMAZING!  I love them all.  I think Earth would be my favourite, I love the little fish, the layers and the flowers.  Your 'random scrunchees' are just perfect for Earth and Fire.

p.s. I vote for 'air' rather than wind, if we're still voting
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I just love them!  Great job!
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« Reply #38 on: January 14, 2013 07:34:06 PM »

I think these are absolutely Amazing!!!  Grin I'd love to see the completed set when your done.

As for the Air/Wind debate, I was thinking it was Wind....then I'm like hmmm movie classics hello..."The Fifth Element" so I used this as a good excuse to watch it again, not like we should need one...lol, and it's...surprise, surprise,  Shocked Air, which they were only able to replicate by blowing on the stones, representing wind of sorts, but the element title was Air. Cheesy

Good luck, and have fun crafting...in this case quilling!! Cheesy
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Congratulations on your Best Of award. it's well deserved. Plus, I bought (well, the SO did at my request) Earth. I LOVE IT!
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« Reply #40 on: January 27, 2013 07:46:48 PM »

This is so creative. I never would have thought to do something like this. My have to try my hand at doing my own version
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« Reply #41 on: February 12, 2013 01:14:05 PM »

Awesome!! Earth is my favorite - all the tiny details are so perfect.
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