- Arts and Design»
- Crafts & Handiwork
The Art of Quilling: Unique Paper Creations
First things first...Materials you will need
It is recommended for quilling that you have the following:
- circle sizer
- circle template board
- ·quilling tool
- straight pins
- craft glue
- an abundance of colorful strips of paper cut in uniform sizes; a paper shredder is perfect for accomplishing this task
- Or, a quilng kit (which can be purchases on eBay or other sites on line)
You can connect two strips of paper together with a dab of glue if desired. Tearing the paper if you wish to use a shorter strip of paper is best as it seems to melt into to the other paper rather than leaving a sharp edge.
- The tools you need can be purchased on line from Joann fabrics at this time. You can buy a kit which includes paper and a direction booklet for a specific item, for example, butterflies. I prefer the size of the paper from my shredder but I do have some from a kit which I will photograph and show you.
- The circle sizer or template is used to help you create a coil that is the size desired for the creation you are about to make. When you explore quilling in greater detail you will find a variety of more complex shapes than are shown here. Pictures will help to guide you through the process.
- Straight pins and tweezers will help you when you are ready to arrange pieces for gluing on a matte or other surface. You will also use a dab of glue to hold the end of your piece of paper together after you make a shape.
- Two strips of paper can be connected with a dab of glue if desired. Tearing the paper if you wish to use a shorter strip of paper is best as it seems to melt into to the other paper rather than leaving a sharp edge.
Quilling is an art form that many have seen but may not have known the name given to it. It is a type of paper rolling that results in unusual pieces of art. Cute and amusing pieces can be created as a result of quilling as well.
Shapes are made and connected together resulting in a design that is unique and splendid. Even the cute or amusing pieces cause those who view it to admire the handiwork. It takes skill to create a well produced quilled art work. I am just learning how to create in this way so my quilling can only improve.
Be patient...this project cannot be rushed
When you are ready to branch out...here is a novel project
View 1: Paper Shredder Paper View 2: Kit Paper
Some historians believe that quilling had its beginning in the sixteenth or seventeenth century. Others believe it may have been around much longer than that. It is believed that the first quillers were nuns or monks. Evidence of this type of work has been found indicating they would use handmade paper to quill. It is said that sometimes they would cut the edges off of the pages of books to use for quilling. They would turn them into beautiful ornate religious designs.
It is likely that quilling was an offshoot of creations that had been made with metal prior to the time of paper quilling. In the eighteenth and nineteenth century the cost of paper was not as great as previously That may be the reason that quilled productions became more popular. In England ladies who had little to occupy their afternoons took up quilling as a hobby. When colonists went to America, this hobby accompanied them. It began to wane in popularity and as a result in about 1875 someone marketed a quilling kit which helped rekindle an interest in this craft.
To me this was very helpful. I had no idea how to quill or what I needed so when I first began this was just what I needed.
Lady Rain shares so much we need to know to turn out beautiful quilled works of art.
In this article she shows quilled flowers that are fringed and she walks you through the process. It is so helpful. I am learning so much.
Fundamentals of quilling are covered including illustations. So helpful and important to know.
This is such a helpful video if you wish to try this lovely project
V scroll/S scroll
C scroll/Heart scroll
Three More Shapes
To Make These Shapes
- tight coil:---using a tool or a rounded toothpick. coil your paper very tightly
- star---------make a tight coil, then mash sides in until a star shape forms. It takes a little maneuvering.
- . V scroll---using a tool, curl the ends of a strip of your paper, crimp midway between the scrolled ends
- S scroll---curl the end of a strip of paper in one direction and the other end in the opposite direction forming an 's' shape
- C scroll---tightly scroll a strip of paper so that it appears to have made a 'c' shape
- heart scroll---scroll the tips of a strip of paper inward and crimp the middle of the paper so you form a heart shape
- marquise---make a moderately tight coil, mash the edges on both sides so they are pointed
- teardrop---make a moderately tight coil, mash one side so that it pushes the coil into a teardrop shape
- petal---repeat the teardrop steps and then slightly twist the end you mashed so that it curves inward
A Little Glamour on the Flower
Learn a few basics and practice
- To begin quilling, it is suggested that you learn a variety of basic shapes. As you practice, you will become comfortable making those. Then when you are actually ready to make a creation you will know how to construct the shape needed to produce this desired effect.
Many of the shapes shown below are relatively easy to make. At first it may seem daunting but a little twisting and you will quickly learn them. There are a couple that I found a little tricky. They are the holly leaf and the tulip which are not pictured. You can find examples to view at google images.
The result you end up with will depend on how tightly you roll your paper. That varies from person to person. Not to worry if you think you have made the coil too tight. You can loosen it and cause it to relax some
The shapes discussed in this article are only a few of the possibilities. The uses for them are varied too. You can use them to:
- decorate a card
- decorate a package
- frame or display in a shadow box
As with most crafts, practice is how you will perfect this art.
© 2012 Patricia Scott