Starry Starry Night made with Paper!



Starry Starry Night is one of my favorite paintings by Vincent Van Gogh.  I love the colors, and I love the movement and it seemed like a great piece of art to represent through the art of paper quilling.  For this completed project, I ended up using over 10,000 strips of paper!

paper quilled starry night van gogh

Working with strips of paper can be time consuming.  But I have to say that the results are far worth the time put into it.  I do not have a pattern available for this project, but I will tell you how it was created.  If you would like to try something similar, you can always print out coloring sheets as a basis for your design.

For this project I used:

Quilling Tools
Assorted colors of cardstock
Paper Cutter
36″ x 24″ Navy Blue thick cardstock
Tacky Glue
White Colored Pencil

beginners quilling tool set

If you have never tried paper quilling before, I recommend this Beginners Quilling Tool Set.  Lots of great instructions and a bit of paper for practice too!  Paper quilling is a lot easier to do than it looks, and as you will see, it can be used for much more than just scrapbooking and card making.

paper quilled starry night

I started with a large sheet of thick cardstock in dark blue as the background.  The sheet is about 36″ x 24″.  (I tend to work big).  And that is most likely one of the reasons I have so many UFO’s (unfinished objects)!  I used a white colored pencil to draw in the basic lines, based on the original painting of Starry Starry Night.

I then began by cutting 1/4″ strips of paper in the colors that I wanted to work with.

paper crafts quilled butterfly headband

paper crafts quilled butterfly headband

I cut the strips in batches, based on what colors I wanted to use in what section.

fiskars portable paper cutter

I got a whole lot of use out of my Fiskars Portable Paper Cutter.  It was a major time saver on this project!

paper quilled starry night

The picture consists of thousands and thousands of quilled pieces of paper, glued down on their sides.  Like painting with paper.  Yes, this is a big project.  I probably have about 60 hours into it.

paper quilled starry night

I used basic quilling techniques, quilled circles, oval, and curves.  If you are interested in learning some of the basics, be sure to check out my Beginner Quilling Tutorial!

All quilled pieces were glued together with tacky glue, and then glued down on their sides to the large cardstock backing.

photography challenge circles paper quilling

I really enjoyed creating this project and plan on recreating a few other major artworks in the future.  So there are more UFO’s in the horizon!

paper quilled starry night van gogh

(This particular piece of art has been sold to a wonderful lady somewhere in Texas)

starry night ukrainian egg

Starry Starry Night has influenced me in other forms of art too, such as my Starry Night Ukrainian Egg!       

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