Colleen Wilcox Flamingo

How the Flamingos Came To Be…

How the Flamingos Came To Be…

Happy Friday everyone! This site has done a great job at bringing attention to our oil blends and liniments. However, when Essentially Paper was created, it was to be based both on essential oils and quilled paper art. Without doubt we have brought the oil info but we have seriously been lacking in the quilled paper art department in both our blog and online store. Enter in the Flamingos.

There is a reason for that, whether it’s a good one or not, who’s to know? The reason there has been a lack of quilling on the site because I picked up an old piece. I had quilled a few circles for the flamingo piece. I then decided to stop because it was too overwhelming. My skills were highly underdeveloped at the time.

This project was part of an “Art Walk” event near where I live. It allowed people to come and see artists with their work and in some cases watch artists work. In my case I was there to demonstrate quilling to shoppers. I picked a gorgeous image, but well beyond my abilities to quill. I requested permission from the original artist, Ms. Colleen Wilcox, to allow me to turn her beautiful painting into a quilled mosaic interpretation of her work. I can finally say that I have completed the piece. Sharing little cropped images on Instagram to our followers. However, I kept the actual piece I was working on a secret until I knew that I could pull it off. Mind you, I did not know that I could pull it off until last night when I glued my last piece down.

We’re very excited to share the process of quilling with all of you. I am just giving the artist an opportunity to reply to me first. If you check out the Instagram link you will be able to see what little picture goes where but I will be sharing the picture in it’s entirety soon on this website and of course on Instagram. If I can find time in this busy world of mine, I may be able to make a pictorial for YouTube on how I started and completed this piece. It took well over 100 hours and the amount of paper would blow your mind. The piece is on an 11×14 canvas board. The sheer size was one of the reasons this was way out of my scope when I started this piece years ago.

With my quilled art, I don’t often get attached, maybe a piece here or there. However, this piece means a lot because it took so long to actually make. I can’t stress enough how glad I am that I waited to finish this piece until I had much more experience, and time to complete the piece without being rushed.

I promise pictures as soon as I hear back, or by the beginning of next week if I don’t hear anything. Thank you all for your support with this project while trying to get a business up and running from the ground up and quilling at the same time.

All of Ms. Colleen Wilcox’s social media profiles can be found at the end of this post.

To hold you over this is the original post with a few alterations from our previous site


I am so excited to say that there is finally an image that I am excited to start quilling. It is no secret that I enjoy “collaborating” with other artists as I was previously inspired to make the Eagle Owl based on an oil painting of the same name by Chris Kapono.


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Original oil painted eagle owl by Chris Kapono. Chris Kapono maintains all copyright to this image. Quilled Eagle Owl by Kristen Brunton of Get Your Roll On Quilling (Essentially Paper). Based on an oil painting by Chris Kapono

I have been scouring the internet looking for images for this event. I happened upon a board on pinterest that had a picture of two flamingos. After a little bit of research, I discovered the artist, Colleen Wilcox, was actually the artist behind a few other images I was looking at. Erin Curet of has done a lot of “surf art” and I had sent her a link to Colleens art just days before.

I wrote a long letter to Colleen explaining how I had fallen in love with her art and how I was looking for a piece to quill for the art walk event at Momor. In my letter I explained my process of turning a painting into a quilled mosaic and I told her that her painted flamingos would translate beautifully in my medium of paper. I crossed every finger and toe and prayed that she would respond and allow me to quill her art.

To my amazement I received a letter back from Colleen and she gave me permission to use her painting to make and sell my quilled piece. I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am. Here is the flamingo painting by Colleen Wilcox and my canvas board surrounded by just a small selection of quilled paper I will be using.

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This image belongs to Colleen Wilcox and she maintains the copyright to this image. Colleen Wilcox’s painted flamingos ready to be quilled by Kristen Brunton of Get Your Roll On Quilling

I had previously gotten in touch with Tim Jeffs about using one of his pieces and he every so nicely told me that due to a licensing deal he was working on it was unfortunately something he couldn’t let me use. Tim was amazing and his artwork is mind blowing. You should check him out here…

Back to Colleen Wilcox and her amazing work… As most of you know, I am very adamant about making sure that the original artist gets credit for what they created. I love Pinterest and I often get sucked into it for insane amounts of time, but I can’t begin to tell you how often pictures are misrepresented and random people are taking credit for pieces that are not theirs. This seems to be especially true for quilled works. I also don’t believe it’s ok to see something online and reproduce it with the intent to sell without permission first. I just recently contacted Ann Martin of All Things Paper about her beautiful quilled bird necklace and I asked her if the design was ok to sell. She got back to me and let me know that she didn’t want me to sell it because she is actually thinking of opening up her own store! GO ANN! On the other hand, Honey from Honeys Quilling has given me permission to sell her owl necklaces and in turn I have named them Honeys Owls. It really is as simple as that… all you have to do is ask someone. Don’t steal art.

Honeys Owls. Owls made by Kristen Brunton of Get Your Roll On Quilling based on Owls created by Honey of Honeys Quilling.


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I really want to share all of Colleens different social media outlets because she is pretty amazing and her art is available for every budget. I will write a whole post about the piece when I am done, but I hope to share pictures along the way. If you look on the home page you will see my Instagram feed where I have been trying to actively post pictures of what is going on here behind the scenes. Check out Colleen’s social media by clicking the links below.