Mainely Quilling

Jefferson, Maine · 172 Sales


Mainely Quilling

Jefferson, Maine 172 Sales On Etsy since 2014

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Announcement   Mainely Quilling is on Holiday through January 3rd, 2018. All orders placed between December 22rd and January 3rd will not ship until January 5th through the 12th.


Last updated on Dec 30, 2017

Mainely Quilling is on Holiday through January 3rd, 2018. All orders placed between December 22rd and January 3rd will not ship until January 5th through the 12th.

Stacy Bettencourt

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Stacy Bettencourt


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Mainely Quilling

I bet you're wondering how a woman with a Master's Degree in Technical Writing ended up creating paper art? Let's just say that life often has unintended consequences. I mean, had things gone the way I thought they would when I was a child, I would be a world-renowned marine biologist right now. Swimming with the dolphins, saving the whales, diving with the sharks. I do miss that dream. I think I would have made a great marine biologist!

But amazingly enough - and this is just what I've been told so don't take my word for it - I also make a pretty good artist when I put my mind to it.

Instead of marine biology, I went to college for English and then Writing. It seemed like a good idea at the time. (insert sarcastic chuckle here) I wrote a couple of books (three, but who is counting). But things didn't pan out as I expected them to. It's not that I lack talent in that field, it's that I am but a drop in the bucket of millions of other writers. Once I put my virtual quill and ink away, I found myself bored. Yes, plain old bored. Or maybe the best way to describe it is that my brain felt like a pressure cooker and it was boiling and bubbling, but nothing was escaping. My sudden relinquishment of a hobby I'd immersed myself in for years on end created a creative damn. My brain was flooding with ideas but there just didn't seem to be a way to let it all out because nothing really "gripped" me. Nothing felt satisfying enough to calm the creative forces at work inside me.

I found out about quilling by accident. My cousin kept talking about "quilling" and I kept envisioning porcupine quills. (I live in Maine and we have a lot of creatures lurking around). So one day I asked her what was this "quilling" all about.

And then...

My world changed...


I discovered almost immediately that I simply had a knack for paper art. There is something about micromanaging hundreds of tiny strips of paper that makes my brain hum with endorphins. By nature, I am a control-freak. I am borderline obsessive and a perfectionist. Who would ever have guessed that paper was the perfect medium to meld with my quirks and allow me to unleash the torrent of imagination that had been building up?

And that's how this all started. Wow, what a story. It's hard to believe that it's my life I'm talking about. I would never have guessed that art would be the true passion in my life, though I am ever so grateful for finding this art form. It has changed me both inside and out. And my life is fuller and richer because of it.

Which is why I want to share my art with you. Every single piece is created with a piece of my mind and my heart and my soul. I believe that there is one special person destined to fall in love with each unique piece I create. Are you that person?

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Last updated on Jul 19, 2017
Frequently asked questions

Custom and personalized orders

If you would like me to recreate something I've already made, please be aware that your copy will not be exactly the same. I will try very hard to make it incredibly similar, but as with all hand-made art, there will be slight differences. Quilled artwork is time-intensive. Please order well in advance of when you need your item by to ensure that I am able to take the time to create it with care.

Care instructions

Quilled paper art is lovely but delicate. To ensure it's beauty lasts for years to come keep it away from direct sunlight to prevent bleaching. Don't use a rag or fingers to "dust" the edges of the quills, use a can of air instead to lightly blow away and dust or debris that accumulates. Always keep the artwork under glass.

Sizing details

All of my artwork comes in the sizes stated in the listings. Artwork purchased without mats or frames is sized to fit the a standard sized frame without alteration. All artwork is created with white space around the edges to allow room for a mat or even double mat to be used.

Gift wrapping and packaging

I do not currently offer gift wrapping or packaging, but I can offer custom cuttings of "sentiments" to send with your order. For example, a "Happy Birthday" cutout to set on top of the frame to add a special touch to the item without making it a permanent piece of the artwork.