Do you know how to do quilling, or even what paper quilling is?
In this article, I am going to discuss how to do quilling as well as look at the history of paper quilling, paper quilling supplies and paper quilling designs.
A Brief History of Paper Quilling
How To Do Quilling
Paper quilling is a wonderful way to decorate and make embellishments for your scrapbook layouts and it is a creative way of playing with paper. If you are wondering how to do quilling, or if it is difficult to do, read on.
To start with quilling, you would need a quilling tool, which is a fine plastic or metal rod with a narrow slit at one end like this one below. Click on the link or pic if you want to find out more about how to get yourself a tool.
You could also make your own quilling tool by sticking a large wool needle into a cork and snipping off the top of the eye to form a prong. The prong needs to be about 10mm deep in order to hold the widest quilling strips. You could also start with a bamboo stick or a toothpick.
You would then thread a fine paper strip (minimum of about 3mm wide) into the prong on the quilling tool and start coiling the paper round and round, holding the end of the paper with your thumb and forefinger to keep an even tension until you reach the end of the strip.
Slip the coil off of the tool and let it relax according to your needs before applying a tiny dab of glue with a cocktail stick to the end of the coil and sticking it down.
Quilling projects usually start with the making of individual shapes most of which include a basic circle. The shapes then fit together in different ways to create interesting designs and patterns. You need just master a few shapes before you realize that the only boundaries you will have with quilling will be in your imagination.
To make a leaf, for instance, start by making a closed loose coil. Pinch one side of it into a point between your thumb and forefinger. Then hold the pointed end of the teardrop in one hand and repeat the pinch on the other side thus turning the round shape into a leaf shape.
To make a heart, fold the paper strip in half and then roll each end of the paper in your quilling tool inwards. When you reach the fold slip the quilling tool out and allow the coil to loosen slightly then glue together to form a heart shape. These hearts can be made in different sizes by just varying the length of the original strip. These little hearts are especially effective as accents on cards or scrapbooking layouts.
Paper Quilling Supplies
Paper Quilling Designs
Here are a few videos for you to get started with on some paper quilling designs.