Russian-born illustrator Yulia Brodskaya crafts her art from paper. She described her process in an interview last year:
Could you please explain what paper quilling is and tell us a little about the work process?
Quilling is a paper craft that involves the use of paper strips that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs. The name is believed to be derived from the feather quill on which the strips of paper were rolled.The technique itself is really simple; this is something anyone can do; there are quilling tools available in craft shops designed to help to learn quilling, there are also pre-cut paper strips and of course numerous video lessons on youtube.
Personally I use cocktail straw and little cocktail sticks for rolling the paper strips (I didn’t know that there are specially designed tools available when I taught myself to shape the paper strips, I started to use the cocktail straw and I still use it now).
The most challenging thing is that this paper craft is very time-consuming and requires lot of patience. In general I prefer the projects where I get the most creative freedom, so probably I mostly enjoy my personal self-initiated works (e.g. portraits), they take the longest, but I believe the result is worth the effort, this helps me to keep rolling.
(Hat tip: Lisa Marcus)