This is the beginning. I took an acid-free magazine backing board (similar to hot press board) and did a simple watercolor to tone the background. I then transferred my design to the board to use as a guide.
I then took 1/8" wide paper strips and began the quilling.
- The beak is done with an orange triangle and an orange marquise. I just guessed at the length of the strips to make them fit the outline of the beak.
- The eye is a 4" black strip glued to a 2" white strip. I made a tight circle starting at the black end of the strip.
- The black mask is made of 2" marquises. This is to make sure to properly fill in the mask area. I fit the eye in place at this time.
I will share my progress and instructions as I go along. It will not be every day, but at major stages in creation.