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Week Two 
Stained Glass Waves Mosaic

Learning how to transition

I hope you have all had a lovely and productive week. I've been hard at work in the studio over this past seven days preparing my example mosaic. I am so excited to go over some more advanced techniques with you and am even more excited to see what you do with them in your own work. 

*Important Note*
This is an advanced project & it makes the assumption that you already know how to quill a mosaic. The directions WILL NOT cover any basic quilling or mosaic knowledge <3
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Supplies For The Week:
  • Completed background with waves outlined
  • Quilling Tool
  • Quilling Glue
  • Scissors
  • 1 - 2 packs Velvety Darkness (or similar) (1/4")
  • 5 or more shades of blue (1 pkg. ea., 1/4")
  • Additional 1/4" paper - Each section of your wave will need at least 3 colors in a corresponding color grouping - i.e reds, greens, violets, etc.) You do not need a lot of each one, so this is a good way to use up scrap pieces if you have some. You can also use more than three shades for an even more interesting effect.
  • Complimentary colors for the 'calm waters' sections. A 5-10 strips ea.
  • Scrap pieces of greens &/or browns for land if your picture has any.
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Techniques & Concepts
Before we begin filling in our outline, we need to learn a couple techniques that will be used as we quill. Becoming familiar with the key concepts will make following the instructions much easier later on.
The act of transitioning in quilling refers to the technique of morphing one color into an entirely different color.
 In this example, I transitioned this rust (A) color into the blue (B).
To show this process, I will refer to the rust color as A and the blue color as B. We begin in this example with a 1/2 strip of color A. All of the following combinations are cut and put together to create a 1/2 strip worth of paper.
This transition was done in 7 steps - you can create it in more or less steps depending on the effect you are wishing to achieve or the varying difference in color.
The look you are trying to achieve will determine how many steps from A to B you will take. The more steps you take, the more gradual the transition & the more seamless the color shift will look. Likewise, the more contrasting the colors you are transitioning between, the more a gradual transition might be necessary to give you a seamless look. 
Note how A begins as the color on the back side of the pair but then shifts to the top side after the center piece was rolled. The color that is rolled first (the back side) will be the center of the coil and will be more dominant due to the eye being drawn there. Use this effect to your advantage.
From left to right, Outline Color, Outer Color, & Inner Color
In this mosaic, we will be transitioning in two different ways - The outer color will transition 5 times in my example. Since I am creating waves, I will be using 5 shades of blue to do this. The inner color will transition 3 times (shades of pink). You may choose to use more shades if you wish, but I am trying to simplify the process a bit for this Quill-Along.
  • The 5 outer colors will be used in all sections of your wave.
  • The 3 inner color shades will change between your wave sections (In my example, I used shades of orange, shades of pink & shades of red in my three sections.
  • The outline color will remain constant throughout your entire picture.
I will be filling in the center portion of my wave with the same five shades of blue for the outer color as I used in the other two completed sections. My inner colors will be done in 3 shades of pink instead of the oranges & reds I used respectively.
Plan out in your mind or mark your background to create a plan as to where you will transition your inner colors and outer colors. It makes it a bit more simple to transition them at different points, but depending on how many transitions you are making, this may not always be possible. 
How to create the basic coil
For each coil you create, you will need a 1/2 strip in total for the outer color, a 1/2 strip in total for the inner color & a 1/2 strip of your outline color (probably black). This means that each coil will be made with a total of 1.5 strips of quilling paper.
* The outer color strip will always be the strip placed behind the inner color. The blue should be the dominant color throughout.*
Shape your coils however they will fit and look best within your wave. Remember that you are creating the look of flowing water - keep your shapes fluid as well.
After you create your shape, outline it with the 1/2 strip of black. Do not worry if it appears to have a gap once outlined - this will be remedied once additional pieces are placed to surround it.
For each wave section, we will begin with the lightest shade of both the outer color & the inner color. Where these colors shift and how many of each you quill will depend on where your planned transitions take place.

Some additional options

On this example piece, my waves continue to roll to the right of my main wave. I wanted them to provide a bit of contrast but still be easily recognized as part of the wave as a whole. I filled in each section with one of the five blues I used as outer colors in the main sections.
Each coil was created with 1/2 strip of chosen blue color, 1/2 strip of Lake Superior (a navy blue) & 1/2 strip of Velvety Darkness (black) as the outline. 1.5 strips total per shape.

The calm water portion of this mosaic was created using 1/2 strip of a solid color & a 1/2 strip of black for the outline. Alternatively you could not outline each individual shape to give the appearance of a solid section as shown in the completed example at the top of the page.
I chose to use 3 complimentary colors to serve as the 'calm waters' of this mosaic. They were not used in any other portion.
The completed example at the top of the page does not have any land mass but this one does. I created the look by using scrap pieces of green in different lengths and different shades. I outlined each with a 1/4 strip of Velvety Darkness - no matter the size of the inner closed coil.
That is it for this week!
There was a lot covered & quite a bit of quilling to be done. Just take it one step at a time and be sure to check in with all of the quillers in the FB group. We are all willing to help if you get stuck & to cheer you on as you go.
Next Week:

We will create the center of the sun using a technique you have probably never tried before. We will also use a stacked quilling form to create the rays that expand through the sky. We may even possibly finish this picture up!
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I'll be in touch next Monday!  

xoxo, Erin
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