Paper Quilling Artist Yulia Brodskaya Uses Contemporary Techniques To Give Her Pieces A Touch Of Impressionism

In arts, paper has been the most common support medium for painting. But aside from painting, paper can also be used and transformed into stunning works of art. In origami, for example, the artistic technique of folding a sheet of paper can create beautiful paper figures. Some innovative artists are cutting papers to create intricate artworks while others reuse the papers to create realistic sculptures. The use of paper to create decorative pieces dates back to the Renaissance. Nuns and monks often used strips of paper to decorate religious book covers and other religious items. The practice later became an art form which was called paper quilling.

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Paper quilling involves a technique where paper strips are rolled, shaped, and glued together. The artist can form portraits, abstract art, or 3D miniatures out of the shaped paper strips. It became a popular hobby among ladies in the upper class during the 18th century. But the popularity of paper quilling declined by the 19th century.

Today, paper quilling is finding its way to rise in popularity again. Through the efforts of modern quilling artists, the practice is now making resurgence. One of the most influential quilling artists in modern times is Russian artist Yulia Brodskaya. In addition to the traditional technique of paper quilling, she also employs contemporary techniques to give her creations a touch of impressionism. By curling the paper, she tightly packs the strips to form angular patterns that closely resemble the distinctive brushstrokes of impressionist artists.

yulia brodskaya paper quilling free spirit

Free Spirit

 

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Free Spirit (detail)

Russian artist Yulia Brodskaya combines the traditional paper quilling technique and impressionist art to create stunning ‘paper paintings’

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Tough

 

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Tough (detail)

 

yulia brodskaya paper quilling irises

‘Irises’ by Vincent van Gogh

 

yulia brodskaya paper quilling pond leaves

Pond Leaves

 

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Pond Leaves (detail)

 

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Paper Roses

 

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Hearts

 

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Autumn

By incorporating the traditional practice of paper quilling and the contemporary approach of impressionism, Brodskaya creates impressive artworks that can surely revitalize the once-popular form of art. If you’re wondering how it became so popular among upper class ladies in the 18the century, it is mainly because the art itself is not too taxing. If anything, paper quilling can help you relax as it also enhances your creative side.

Check out the artist’s website and Instagram page to see her portfolio of artworks. Take a look at these behind-the-scenes videos from her Instagram page to discover the magic behind paper quilling.

 

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