Paper quilling is an art that requires a little patience, some practice, and a dash of curiosity. This is an ancient method of decoration, which has been passed on through generations and nations, and is still very popular for lovers of crafting.
Wow your friends with this crafting technique!
There must have been times when you wanted to make a nice card for a friend or family member, and the regular old doodles and poems were just not cutting it.
For that much-yearned effect, where the people around go from “Hey, this is nice”, to “Whoa! How’d you do that!?”, paper quilling might be the way to go.
How To Quill Paper?
As intricate and sophisticated as the designs may look, I assure you, with the right tools, it will be a breeze.Plus, who doesn’t like exploring their creative sides and making unique things?
Moreover, if paper quilling turns out to be right up your alley, you could even move on to making bigger and detailed structures, like 3D models.
And let’s all agree, those would be worth decorating houses with! For a beginner to get a hang of paper quilling, a list of items is first and foremost, necessary.
You will need:
- Quilling Paper
- Quilling Needle or Slotted Tool
- Pins or Toothpicks
- Cork Board or Styrofoam
The most important bit of your work goes into buying the right type of tool. The two basic types of tools are needle and slotted.
The needle tool is comparatively hard to work with but if you can master it, it will give you a perfectly smooth and round center for the coil.
Now, the slotted tool is much handier but it will leave a small crimp on the paper, where the slot will be. Whether you’re a perfectionist or you prefer the ease, will determine which tool is right for you.
Even if you go for the needle tool, remember,all you really need is patience and practice.Just like quilling tools, the paper can be bought as well. Many arts and crafts stores sell computer paper of different colors, which is what you should go for, if you want to quill.
You might even find quilling paper, cut to about 1/8” in width. If you don’t, just buy some colored papers and cut them to strips suitable for quilling. You can choose the length and cut the paper according to the designs or depth you are going for.
Picking Your Preferred Tool
In order to determine which tool would be perfect for you, knowing about the methods of use for each tool can help.
If you decide to use a slotted tool, you must slide the end of the tool in the slot. With the end secured, you can use one hand to turn the tool while using the other to guide it.
For a needle tool, you must first dampen your fingers to get a good grip on the paper. With the dampened finger, fold an end of the paper and use it to wrap the needle.
Now that the paper is attached to the tool, you can apply firm but light pressure and start twisting the paper. Make sure you have a strong hold on the tool itself, so only the paper moves. If the tool moves, your quilling will start to unravel.
If you don’t want to go through the trouble of picking out a tool, you could also use a toothpick or a pin. Just make sure it’s long enough to leave space for making the coil.
The pin or toothpick should also leave space for you to hold on to it. These devices obviously won’t consist of slots, so the method used for needle tools would work just fine.
Getting the Hands on Approach
Now that you know the functionality of the tools, you’ll know exactly what to work with! As a beginner, my advice would be to start small. Just create a bunch of coils first, big and small and you can just work with those sticking them together.
When you roll the paper, make sure it’s snug as it goes around the tool. Once the whole coil is made, you can slowly take it off the tool. This is the tricky part because the coil might want to unravel, if you don’t hold on to it right.
Once the coil is safely off the tool, glue the end of the paper with clear glue. You can use a pin to dab on a little glue on the paper and hold on to the coil until the glue dries. If you want slightly loose coils, you can release it a little early and get the desired design.
For a more versatile design, you could try pinching the coils, which would create a different shape. This could work well as flower petals or leaves.
There are several other types of paper quilling you could try out, which would result in different types of designs you could experiment with. You can make geometric shapes, teardrops, hearts and different types of flowers.
Now that you have a basic idea of paper quilling, you could get working on different designs and get real creative!
Stick some of those designs together and make cards for your loved ones. Or you could even stick some flowers or stars on to presents and make something unique!
So, get to practice if this article in any way piqued your interest, and make something worth the work and time.