Quilling 101: Learn the Basics of Quilling Paper
Quilling, the coiling and shaping of narrow paper strips to create a design, has been around for years — hundreds, in fact. During the Renaissance, nuns and monks would roll gold-gilded paper remnants trimmed during the bookmaking process, and use them to decorate religious objects as an alternative to costly gold filigree. Quilling later became a pastime of 18th and 19th century young ladies in England, who would decorate tea caddies and pieces of furniture with paper filigree. The practice crossed the Atlantic with colonists, who added quilling to candle sconces and trays as home decorations.
In all of that time, the process has remained very much the same, but quilling designs and specialty supplies have definitely caught up to the 21st century. Today some aficionados focus on making incredibly detailed 3-D figures, while others favor wall-sized museum installations. Perhaps quilling is best known, though, as a way of bringing personality to handmade cards.
The short list of necessities includes strips of lightweight paper, glue, and a tool with which to roll the paper — that’s it! Even better, there’s probably no need to shop for supplies before you try quilling, as a bamboo skewer, round toothpick, or even a cake tester from your kitchen drawer can serve as a substitute tool. Cut your own practice strips from a sheet of ordinary computer paper, using a paper cutter.
Many arts and crafts stores sell basic tools and packages of multicolor paper strips. Beautiful papers and other quilling supplies are available from online suppliers. Oh, and lastly, one requirement that’s not available for purchase, but will also be needed, is a fair amount of patience. With a little practice, however, I can almost predict you’ll find quilling to be creatively satisfying and fun.
The Basics of Quilling
The projects in this article feature the teardrop coil, but there are many other intriguing shapes to try — marquises, arrowheads, holly leaves, and all sorts of beautiful scrolls, just to name a few.
Quilling paper: 1/8″, standard width
Quilling tool needle tool or slotted tool
Glue clear-drying, suitable for paper
Plastic lid to use as a glue palette
T-pin, paper piercing tool, or round toothpick
Glass-head straight pins
Non-stick work board, cork, or styrofoam something into which you can stick pins
Damp cloth to keep fingers free of glue
When purchasing a tool there are 2 basic types: a slotted tool and needle tool. The slotted tool is easiest to use; its only disadvantage is that the slot leaves a tiny crimp in the center of the coil. If this is bothersome, purchase an ultra-fine slotted tool or try a needle tool. The needle tool is a bit more difficult to master, but the reward will be a coil with a perfectly round center.
To roll a coil with a slotted tool: Slide the very end of a strip into the slot, and turn the tool with one hand while evenly guiding the strip with the other.
To roll a coil with a needle tool: Dampen fingers and curve one end of a strip across the needle. Roll the strip around the needle with the thumb and index finger of whichever hand feels most comfortable, applying even, firm pressure, while holding the handle of the tool with the other hand. Be sure to roll the paper, not the tool.
Whether using a slotted tool or needle tool, when the strip is fully rolled, allow the coil to relax, slide it off the tool, and glue the end. Use only a very small amount of glue, applying it with the tip of a T-pin, paper piercing tool, or toothpick. Hold the end in place for a few moments while the glue dries. This is called a loose coil, and it’s the basic shape from which many other shapes are made.
Candy Jar Project
Grosgrain ribbon – red, 3/8″
Quilling paper, red, 1/8″
Adhesive foam dots
Pinch sharply at the tip to make a point. Glue the end and trim the excess paper.
Step 2: Make 2 hearts. Place 2 teardrops side by side on the work board to create a heart shape, positioning them in opposite directions so the inner coils appear to meet. Apply glue at the join spot.
Hold the teardrops in place with pins while the glue dries.
Step 3: Fill a jar with your favorite treat and tie a ribbon around it.
Step 4: Cut 2 white, 1″ cardstock squares and glue a heart on each.
Tip: When gluing a quilled object on a background, spread a shallow puddle of glue on a plastic container lid or a sheet of waxed paper. Hold the quilling with tweezers and dip its underside gently in glue. Place directly on the background.
Step 5: Attach 1 square to each ribbon tail with a glue dot.
Cardstock, red The type I used has mica bits for a nice sparkle.
Printer quilling paper, red, 1/8″
Twill tape, white, 1/2″
Paper clip, red
Jewelry pliers, 2 flat-nose
Jump rings, 2 silver
Clear message sticker
Step 1: Score and fold a 7½”x5½” piece of red cardstock to make a 3¾”x5½” card.
Step 2: Print out the digital watercolor background and cut it to measure 3¼”x5″. Use a glue stick to adhere the rectangle to the center of the card.
Step 3: Outline the patterned paper with quilling strips. Overlap the strips squarely at the corners or miter at a slant as shown, following my tutorial.
Step 4: Make a heart (2 teardrops). Each teardrop requires a full-length strip, 24″. Position the teardrops so that the inner coils face in the same direction. (This is opposite of the way the candy jar teardrops were positioned.) Facing the coils in the same direction will give a nice look when shaping the curve. Glue the teardrops side by side, pinning them in place on the work board until dry.
Step 5: Grasp the tip of the heart and curve it gently.
Step 6: Roll a 2½” strip around the shaft of a paper piercing tool or round toothpick to make a bead. Glue the torn end.
Tip: A torn end blends better than a blunt cut.
Step 7: Pinch the bead to form an oval ring coil.
Glue the bead between the heart curves.
Step 8: Use pliers to open 2 jump rings and attach them to the ring coil.
Step 9: Slip the jump ring onto the paper clip.
Step 10: Cut a ¾”-wide strip of cardstock to fit the width of the card between the bordered edges, and glue it in place, covering the lettering on the printed digital paper.
Step11: Cut twill tape to the same length as the cardstock strip. Slide the paper clip/heart onto the twill tape. Center and glue the twill tape onto the cardstock strip.
Step 12: Press on a clear sticker message. I used “Celebrate”; the inside message could read “our love” or “with the one you love.” And of course, Happy Valentine’s Day!
As a variation, add a chain and wear the quilled heart as a necklace pendant. If desired, spray the heart with a satin finish acrylic varnish to give it water resistance and extra durability.
Supplies: CustomQuilling.com and Whimsiquills.com are two of the largest U.S. online suppliers of quilling paper and tools.
More Ideas: On my blog, all things paper, you’ll find many more quilling patterns and tutorials in the right sidebar.
Quilled Typography – Sabeena KarnikYou might recall the colorful Happy New Year on-edge paper typography I shared on the last day of 2012. It was quilled by Sabeena Karnik of Mumbai, India, who was originally featured here after her on-edge alphabet letters letters started flying around the interwebs. I thought it would be fun to take a look at more of Sabeena’s lovely work, see how far she has come in just a year’s time, and learn a bit about her.
Have you always been interested in art?
Yes, I knew I wanted to pursue art ever since childhood. I have always had a very keen
interest in beautiful writing, calligraphy, be it the names of my
family, friends, and even people I idolized.
Did you study art in school?
Pursuing an education in art was a very natural process. I completed my degree in graphic design with a focus on typography, my first love. In my final year project, I concentrated purely on paper and 3D paper sculpturing. Fortunately the result came out very well. I thought why not try and experiment a little more by combining the two, so as a fun way to pass the time one afternoon, I randomly started making alphabets out of paper.
The typeface was very simple since the focus was on paper, patterns I could make, and colors. The result was an offshoot of paper quilling, although I don’t concentrate on traditional pinched coil shapes.
|SPAR billboard illustration|
I remember that before your alphabet was even completed, it was already attracting attention!
Yes, before I could finish the entire letter series, I started getting offers from advertising agencies to collaborate with them. And I have been very busy ever since, working with agencies in the U.S, Europe, the Middle East, South America, and South Africa.
I’m sure you put a great deal of time into your designs.
Since the outcome is very decorative and eye-catching, people don’t realize the amount of work that goes into each piece. It requires a lot of patience and nurturing, just as you would take care of a baby. Moreover since it’s paper, making corrections is extremely difficult.
|A girl’s name and commissioned piece|
There was an instance when a design had been approved by a client, but had to be changed after everything was complete. It was heartbreaking to slice the entire paper art out and make the alterations. Everything we do is a learning process and paper has its limitations because it is very fragile.
Do you still enjoy the process?
Paper is one of the most wonderful mediums to work with. It attracts an audience of all ages universally and it never gets boring. Every strip and piece plays such an important role in creating a unique artwork.
What are your plans for the future?
I want to plunge into paper typography more and even create my own paper fonts. The world of paper is so vast and magical; no matter how much you explore, the possibilities are limitless!
|created for a Seattle software firm postcard|
Quilling Tools & Materials – How to Make Quilling Art
Materials Required for Paper Quilling
Here’s a list of items required for paper quilling craft and patterns. You can also click on the pictures for more information on each item.
Paper quilling craft uses strips of quilling paper that come in many colors and widths of 3mm, 5mm, 7mm and 10mm. The paper weight of the quilling paper is usually between 80gsm to 100gsm.
You can buy quilling paper strips at RainbowCabin.com – they have a wide range of paper quilling supplies at affordable prices.
A slotted tool looks like a pen – use it to roll strips of quilling paper into coils. Toothpicks can be used for rolling, too. However the coils will end up with big holes in the center. A proper quilling tool is best for beginners.
Any craft glue can to used to secure the loose ends of the paper strips. Use glue sparingly on the quilling paper. Use toothpicks for applying glue.
Quilling Template Board
To make many coils of the same size, the paper quilling template board is the perfect tool to have. The circle templates on the quilling board help to hold each coil to the correct size and measurement. The quilling template board is a useful tool for making closed coils of the same size quickly.
The paper fringer is for making fringes on a strip of quilling paper quickly. Fringing is possible with a pair of scissors, too. However, that will take a long time to achieve and fringing will not be perfect! Fringed quilling paper are for making fringed flowers.
Several techniques are used in paper quilling. One of them includes the quilling comb technique. Strips of paper wound around the prongs of the quilling comb will make lovely quilled designs. A quilling comb aids in making evenly spaced loops in a coil.
A curling coach or coiling guide prevents paper quilling strips from slipping off the slotted quilling tool. It helps to make evenly quilled loops.
Paper Quilling Grid
Quilling grids are for making beautiful wheatears coils. Pins are inserted in the grid board. They also prevent paper strips from slipping off when making quilled loops.
A pointed tip scissors or craft knife is useful for fringing a strip of quilling paper and for trimming off excess strips of quilling paper. You may prefer to tear off the quilling paper with your fingers.
To make crimped strips of quilling paper, you need to use a paper crimper. The quilling paper inserted through the tool is crimped by turning the handle. Pretty cool!How to use a paper quilling crimper
Use large paper clips are handy when you fringe paper with scissors. They can hold several strips for quilling paper together for fringing.
Quilling Borders Guide
These border guides are for making big loops with consistency.
3D Mold Template
With the 3D mold, there is no need to measure quilled coils, just pop them in the mold to extrude the shapes evenly. It is a great item for making perfect 3D quilled objects quickly.
A great range of tools and materials for paper quilling craft are available at Rainbow Cabin. Check them out on this link.
More About Paper Quilling Art
If you want to learn more on how to make paper quilling patterns, free instructions on paper quilling techniques, designs and patterns are available from this link here and below to get you started:
If you want to get ideas on how to make more paper quilled flowers, butterflies and other objects, free paper quilling tutorials are here:
Tools & Materials for Paper Quilling Art © 2012 lady rain
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7 tips for Quilling for Beginners
Quilling paper is undoubtedly the most important supply for a quilling project. Although you can buy strips of pre-cut, colorful Quilling paper from art & craft stores, you could also use computer paper, craft paper, construction paper, and scraps of just about any paper to begin with, including brightly colored junk mail. A couple of quick tips to get you started:
– Start by choosing a paper-quilling pattern to get an idea of the length and size of paper you need
– If you don’t have colored paper, you can also color the coils after the design is complete.
Just run your paint brush over the top edge of each coil and scroll with the required color
2. The quilling tools
Coming to the tools you’ll require for quilling, a slotted tool works perfect for beginners because of its ease of use. But if you want to avoid the crease that this tool leaves in your finished paper strips, opt for the needle tool.
A few other must have supplies for paper quilling are:
– A pair of tweezers to pick and move around the quilled pieces
– Circle template for measure the coils
– A work-board
3. Start with basic shapes
Start with the basic shape, i.e. the rolled circular paper coil. Build upon this basic shape as you master the skill further to create a variety of shapes like the teardrop, paisley, marquis, slug or tulip. You can pinch, squeeze, and adjust the tension of the rolled paper coil until you get the quilled shape you desire.
Here are a few handy tips for creating the basic rolled paper coil:
– Insert the strip of paper into the slot of your tool and then with your thumb and forefinger on either side of the paper strip, hold it with even tension while you turn the tool backwards or forwards.
– When you reach the end of your paper strip, take it off the tool. Make sure you don’t wind it too tightly, else you may find it a bit tricky to take it off the tool.
– If you want to make a loose coil shape, you can let the paper coil expand before remove it from the tool but if you want a tighter coil, don’t let it expand before you take it off.
4. Go beyond the shapes
Once you have created the interesting shapes, go ahead and play around with them. You could:
– Use them to decorate a greeting card
– Make attractive, hand made jewelry
– Create framed art to add a dash of color and creativity to your walls
– Create three-dimensional figures and miniatures
The possibilities are endless!
Creating a flower is one of the easiest quilling projects that can help you get the hang of things. Just follow these steps:
– Cut two thin strips of colored quilling paper to make the center of the flower. Cut a wider strip – twice the width of the thinner strips – for the flower petals.
– Using a toothpick or quilling needle, make a tight roll of the thinner strip. Glue the end part of the thinner coiled strip.
– Add glue to another thin strip and roll it around the first roll. Glue the end part of strip to make a tightly rolled center for the flower.
– Now make cuts all along the wider strip half way down its breadth. Add glue to one end of this strip and roll it around the tightly rolled flower center we made in the first step.
– Glue the end of the wide strip. Once the glue is dried up well, use your thumb and fingers to fold the petals outward. That’s it – your flower is ready!
5. Combine it with other craft
Get a bit more adventurous and use your quilled shapes in combination with other paper crafts to create even more interesting pieces of decorative or gift items. You can use your quilled shapes to add more life to:
– Paintings & wall decor
– Decorative paper buckets
– Hand made jewelry boxes, and other do it yourself projects.
As mentioned before, the uses of quilling are endless – all it requires is a bit of imagination!
6.Use the available resources
Paper quilling instructions and guides can be found in many book stores.
Beginners of any age can start with books written for kids which have great instructions. Besides being very easy to understand, children’s paper quilling books come loaded with quick and easy do it yourself projects that helps any beginner practise and have fun.
The internet is also buzzing with some pretty useful blogs and online tutorials on quilling
7. No substitute for practice
Yes, practice is the key word. Like any art, quilling requires plenty of practice to master the skill. So if you want to quill it like the pros, you need to practice as often as you can. Try more complex shapes, and creative patterns and have fun along the way.
P.S. If there are kids at home, quilling is a fun way to keep the little ones engaged.
Now that you’ve read these tips, go ahead and quill your way to creative glory. Once you have mastered the skill, you could probably create your own tutorial!
20 Quilling Youtube Channels To Follow in 2021
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Valentine’s Cards: Paper Quilling for Kids – Red Ted Art
Awesome paper quilling valentine cards! We love homemade Valentine’s Day Cards for kids and these paper quilled hearts are a great art project for kids to make. The results are beautiful and the process is super fun!
A wonderful Paper Quilling for Kids Project – learn how to make these adorable Paper Quilled Hearts – using big paper quills for smaller hands. If your the kids are feeling more confident, why not take a look at these wonderful Paper Quilled Daisies or Paper Quilled Wreaths?!
Over to Jeanette!
Hi, all! I’m Jeanette Nyberg from Craft Whack where I offer all sorts of art projects for kids and design for kids on Craft Whack. I live in the Chicago area with my family and I love coming up with easy ideas for kids to be creative every day.
We are big fans of paper projects here and I’ve been wanting to try a basic quilling project for some time. This is extremely basic – if your kids enjoy this they may want to explore some more complicated quilling techniques. I found some amazing videos on You Tube.
In any event, this project will introduce to your kids (or reinforce) the idea of using paper as a 3-dimensional medium instead of it always being flat. Poor paper just wanted to evolve…
UPDATE: we also have a Paper Quilled Emoji version for you to check out!!
UPDATE: We Made a Craft Video of Paper Quilling for Kids
- Colored Card Stock
- Something to coil the paper around (we used a small paintbrush handle. A pencil was too thick and made the insides of the paper spirals too open.)
Cut small strips of colored card stock. We used white, light pink, and red. The strips were approximately 14 x 1 cm. Older kids can use a craft knife to cut strips, but we found scissors worked quite well- the strips don’t need to be perfectly even.
Coil the strips, one by one, tightly around the paintbrush handle. They will stay coiled when you remove them.
Fold a full piece of colored card stock in half (this is the card itself). Using 2 strips of card stock, form a heart shape and glue the strips onto the front of the card. We applied glue to the edge of the strip and held it in place for about a minute per strip. I then placed a light box over the heart to keep it in place while it dried for about 1/2 hour.
Now is the fun part! Dip each coil into a puddle of glue and place inside the heart. We used 3 colors, but feel free to experiment with more or fewer colors.
That’s it! Don’t forget to inscribe the card with a sweet message to your valentine…
Be sure to visit Artchoo for more creative ideas for kids, including these projects:
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More wonderful Valentines Day Cards for Kids to make here:
Waterslide Decal Tutorial: Tumblers, Mugs, and GlassesLearn how to print beautiful full-color waterslide decals at home, cut them on your Cricut, and apply them to tumblers, ceramics, and glass!
Last week I did a Print Then Cut project for a T-shirt… but how about one for a mug or tumbler? About a year or so ago, someone asked if I’d show them how to make a waterslide decal for a mug. And I remember thinking, water-what? So, if you were like me and not sure what a waterslide decal is, this is a really great way to get full-color designs onto smooth surfaces like tumblers, mugs, and glasses. It’s called waterslide because you soak the decal paper in water, which allows it to slide off the paper backing and onto your surface!
So here is a glitter tumbler with waterslide decals at the top and bottom, front and back. It’s vibrant and transparent — you can even see the glitter right through it.
This is a white ceramic mug with a waterslide decal containing words on it.
This is a wine glass with a waterslide decal sunflower.
I printed all of these decals at home on my inkjet printer and cut them on my Cricut. How cool is that? They look like something you’d buy in a store!
For this project, you’ll want to start with a smooth surface — you can use a glitter tumbler as I did. I have an entire tutorial on how to make glitter tumblers from start to finish. Or you could use a mug, glass, plastic, or even wood.
You’ll also need a printer — I made mine with an inkjet printer, but they also sell waterslide decal paper that works with a laser printer. I link to the printer I used in the materials list below.
And you’ll need the waterslide paper itself — I have links to the exact paper I used, as well as several other good ones, in the description. I recommend the transparent paper if you want to be able to see the surface through it, which is what I’m using. The exact waterslide paper I used for this tutorial is linked in the materials below.
Other supplies and tools you’ll want to have on hand are a can of acrylic sealer, a bowl of tap water and some paper towels.
Oh, and you’ll need a design! You can make your own, buy one, or use my flower garden design — the garden in this design is filled with images of my paper flowers and paper butterflies! I thought that would be fun! If you make your own, keep it simple — no little bits or thin lines. A rectangle or circle shape works best, but if you’re applying your shape on something like a wine glass, it’s better to go for a precise shape that conforms to the edges of your design.
This step-by-step video tutorial shows you how to make a waterslide decal and apply it to a tumbler, mug, or glass:
I’m so excited to teach you how to make waterslide decals for your tumblers, mugs, and glasses! This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)! Read my full disclosure policy.
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Materials for Waterslide Decals on Tumblers, Mugs, and Glasses
How to Make and Apply Waterslide Decals
Step 1: Find or Make a Waterslide Decal Design in Cricut Design Space
If you’d like to use my Flower Garden design (Design #143), you can get my free Flower Garden and Sunflower design in my resource library (get the password for it at the bottom of this page). Don’t forget to unzip it.
If you don’t have a Cricut, you can skip the next part. But if you DO have a Cricut, head on over to Cricut Design Space and upload the Flower Garden design. Click Upload, Upload Image, Browse, then locate the unzipped file you downloaded. You’ll note that inside there are several files — some are labelled smooth and some are labelled precise. If you intend to use the decal on a tumbler, use the smooth versions — these are easier to handle and apply, and you won’t be able to see the edges of your decal after you seal it. If you intend to use the decal on a wine glass, use the precise versions — that will minimize how much extra decal you see around the edges of your design. For mugs, you can use either one — if you are new to applying waterslide decals, go for the SMOOTH versions — they are a lot easier to apply.
So let’s go ahead and select a smooth version of the Flower Garden design. Click Open, then click Complex, and then click Continue. Make sure your image is set as a Print Then Cut, then click Save. Once the file finishes saving, select it and click Insert Images.
Now when your image first comes you, you’ll need to resize it. I have this image set to a higher resolution so it prints nicely, but that means it’s larger than it should be when first uploaded. So select the image and use the Size boxes at the top of the Cricut Design Space screen to change the height to 9.25 inches.
And that’s it! Your design is now ready to be printed from within Cricut Design Space. I’ll show you how to do that, but first let me just say that if you plan to make your own decal, I recommend you put a white box or circle behind the images just as I’ve done here. For example, let’s go find an image, click this sewing machine here. Select it and click Insert Images. Now click Shapes and select a square. Change the square to white, resize it so it is a bit bigger than the sewing machine — you can click the Unlock icon in the lower left corner to unlock it. Once it looks to be a good size, click Arrange then select Send to Back. Now select everything — the rectangle and the sewing machine and click Flatten in the lower right corner. And there you go — a decal ready for a waterslide!
So once you have your decals ready to go, click Make It and you’ll see your images appear on the mat preview screen. Note the black box around your image — that is necessary for the Cricut to locate and cut it precisely. So go ahead and click Continue.
Step 2. Print Your Waterslide Decal FROM WITHIN Cricut Design Space
Now it’s time to print!
To print your decal from within Cricut Design Space, click Send to Printer. In the box that appears, turn off Bleed and then click Advanced Settings.
If you’re not using a Cricut, just go ahead and open the PNG (or whatever design you’re using) in an image editor and send it to your printer.
Print your decal design on the waterslide paper with print settings on glossy photo paper with best quality print. Be sure you print on the glossy side of the paper.
Wait 5 minutes after printing your waterslide decal paper to allow it to dry before moving on to the next step.
Watch my video to see this process!
Note: If you have issues getting Print Then Cut to work, please check out Cricut’s Print Then Cut Troubleshooting Page.
Step 3: Seal Your Waterslide Decal
In a well-ventilated place, spray acrylic sealer over the entire surface of your now-dry printed sheet.
Wait several minutes and repeat with another coat of acrylic sealer. Then repeat one more time with one more coat of acrylic sealer.
When finished sealing, there will be three coats of acrylic sealer on your printed sheet.
Step 4: Cut Your Waterslide Decal
Now you can just use scissors to cut out your waterslide decals.
But if you have a Cricut, here’s how you do it. Go back to Cricut Design Space and click Browse All Materials, search on Medium Cardstock, and then set the pressure to More. You may want to do a test cut to make sure it cuts all the way through, as your waterslide decal paper might differ a bit from mine. These are the settings that worked best for me.
Put your decal on your cutting mat and load it into your Cricut.
Watch my video to see this process!
Step 5: Prepare Your Surface
Clean the surface you plan to put your waterslide decal on with alcohol.
Step 6: Apply Your Waterslide Decal
Get a bowl of water large enough for your decal to be completely submerged in. You can use regular tap water for this.
Submerge your decal in the water for 30-60 seconds. While you’re waiting, get the surface of your tumbler, mug, or glass wet (this will help it slide on easier).
Slide the decal off the backing and onto your surface.
Watch my video to see this process!
Step 7: Dry Your Waterslide Decal
Once you have the waterslide decal in position, gently wipe the excess water off with a dry paper towel. I recommend working from the center and lightly moving outward. This also helps eliminate wrinkles.
Wait at least three hours for your waterslide decal to dry before moving on to the next step. Keep your decal out of direct sunlight during this time.
Step 8: Set or Seal Your Decal
Once your decal has had a few hours to dry, you need to either set it (for ceramics and glass) or seal it (for tumblers).
To set ceramics or glass, follow the directions on your waterslide decal package. Mine said to bake it in an oven at 230 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
To seal a tumbler, do another coat of epoxy. You do not have to seal it again before putting on the epoxy, but you could if you really wanted. I did not.
Note: Even though your waterslide decal is now set or sealed, you must still gently handwash them — this does not make them dishwasher safe. You’re welcome to experiment with dishwasher-safe Mod Podge on ceramics, but I haven’t had a chance to try it yet to know how it will work. I will try it and update this post later if it seems to work!
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How to make letters using the quilling technique
Very often I am asked to make some beautiful inscription from paper curls, for example, make a number on a children’s birthday card or write a name in letters using the quilling technique . And today I want to bring to your attention a master class on making such letters.
a piece of flat foam or cork backing;
sheet of paper and a pencil.
For work we need the outlines of the letters themselves. On the net you can find a lot of interesting fonts suitable for making quilling letters . In my inventory I found the following templates:
You can use them. And since I will now make letters quilling for the decor of the children’s room, I will not use the printout, but I will draw the outlines of the letters by hand. So, I think they are a little more fun :).
So how do you make letters using the quilling technique? The technology is generally pretty simple.Take a piece of flat foam.
And put a drawn or printed letter on top of it. And in all corners of the contour we stick pins.
Next, take the desired color strip of paper for quilling and repeat the outline of the letter with it, bending around the pins. At the same time, bend the strip a little in the corners. The result is a volumetric contour.
Now we need a lot of curl quilling elements with which we will fill the letter inside.Please note that we glue the curls only on the sides, without affecting the ends!
When the whole letter is filled with curls, let the glue dry and remove the pins. Carefully remove the finished letter from the template.
We will make the rest of the quilling letters in the same way.
In this case, I threaded each letter and made such pendants for the children’s room.
Using the quilling technique, you can also lay out various plates with bright and colorful letters.
And you can, for example, make postcards with numbers made according to the same principle.
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History of quilling – paper filigree
The word “quilling” seems vague and mysterious, but in fact there is nothing mysterious about this term.Although many have never even heard the name, quilling is an art with a long history. True, at the beginning of the 19th century, it practically disappeared, but now the quilling, like the Phoenix bird, is reborn from the ashes, becoming more and more famous. The roots of the term must be looked for in English, it comes from the word quill – “bird feather”.
This art is also known as paper filigree, paper rolling and paper mosaic . His technique consists in twisting long narrow paper strips in spirals and composing flat or three-dimensional compositions from spiral parts.Flowers are especially popular in the art of quilling, which can be made in various paper-rolling techniques. An example at http://inhandmade.ru/kvilling/kvilling-tsvety.html. Previously, a bird’s feather was the main tool on which the stripes were wound, it is for this reason that the name appeared – quilling .
Some researchers believe that paper filigree originated in medieval Europe in the 14th – 15th centuries. Monks, mostly from poor churches, tried to decorate religious objects, book covers and icon frames using the paper-rolling technique.Using the cut edges of the book pages and homemade paper, they rolled thin paper strips with gilded edges around the tips of the feathers. The resulting spirals were used to create magnificent masterpieces imitating gold miniatures and medallions. According to another version, the founders of the paper mosaic were immigrants from the New World. They used porcupine needles to make their spirals. Interestingly, “porcupine quill” also translates into English as “quill”.
In the 19th century, quilling was popular among the representatives of high society.They created magnificent decorations and large canvases that were striking in their beauty and grace. Some of the items were covered with gold and silver paint to create the illusion of openwork lace. Unfortunately, because colored and high-quality paper was too expensive, women with low incomes could not afford such an expensive hobby. For this reason, paper filigree remained the leisure of exclusively wealthy women for a very long time.
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In the modern world quilling has gained popularity in Western Europe, especially in England and Germany. In the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, works by Princess Elizabeth, who were seriously fond of paper mosaics, are exhibited.
Paper filigree gained wide popularity in eastern countries, especially in Korea. There is an opinion that it is Korea that is the progenitor of the art of paper rolling. In South Korea, quilling is included in the school curriculum and it was there that the Association of Paper Plastics Lovers was created, which includes representatives of almost all areas of paper art. Elements inherent exclusively in oriental culture prevail in the works performed by Korean craftsmen. All works are performed with the greatest subtlety and thoroughness. Craftsmen use hundreds of the smallest elements, transforming them into one flawless composition, reminiscent of the finest graceful lace.While the European school of quilling prefers a small amount of details, defined by brevity and consistency. Usually, paper spirals are used to decorate photo frames, album covers and postcards.
Basic tools for work
The most affordable materials and tools are used to work in the paper-rolling technique. The main instrument is a thin plastic or metal stick with a bifurcated end. It is used to twist spirals of thin paper strips, and the forked tip helps keep the paper from slipping.But a special stick can be replaced with similar devices. So, for this, a ballpoint pen, a toothpick, a thin knitting needle or needle is quite suitable. The masters of the oriental school use a thin awl. It is desirable that the diameter of the tool used does not exceed one millimeter.
It is good if the toolbox contains a ruler with round holes of different diameters. It is useful for making coils of the same size.Curled paper strips are placed in the hole and unfold to the desired diameter. Professionals purchase special machines for cutting paper strips, corrugating paper and creating fringes. But at the initial stages, it is quite possible to do with ordinary scissors with pointed ends. The main thing is that they are evenly and well sharpened.
Fine tweezers with pointed tips are used in works requiring high precision.
The ends should be aligned as much as possible and not have jagged edges, as there is a high likelihood of marks and dents on the paper.Compression forces are applied with the least amount of pressure. Spirals are closed and open. And it is to fix the parts that you need to stock up on glue. It is better to use PVA glue – it leaves almost no residue and dries quickly enough. The bottle should be chosen with a fine nozzle in order to control the amount of adhesive applied. Also, ordinary drawing tools, such as a ruler, a compass and a pencil, are useful for marking the planned composition.
Paper is the main and only material used in the paper rolling technique.It is best to purchase genuine Korean paper as it comes ready to use, cut into thin strips of various lengths and colors. In addition, it has unique properties that are very valuable in work. However, despite all the advantages of Korean material, it is perfectly acceptable to use plain paper purchased from a stationery store. If you are planning to make a colorful craft, then you need to choose sheets that are not painted on one side, but in bulk, so that the cut edges do not turn white.
The main condition for choosing paper is its weight. It should not exceed sixty grams per square meter. These data are usually always indicated on the packaging. The paper is cut from three to nine millimeters wide and thirty or sixty centimeters long. These are the standard strip sizes found on specialty store shelves. Sometimes the strips are cut into pieces or vice versa glued together, if necessary, for the selected part size.You can combine multi-colored pieces into one strip – you get an interesting multi-colored spiral.
Basic elements in quilling
There are about twenty basic figures in quilling, the main of which is roll . To create it, the prepared strip is wound on an awl (toothpick, knitting needle, etc.). Since it belongs to closed parts, a free end of about three millimeters is left, which is neatly glued to the base. If you need a tight roll, then choose the thinnest awl and wind it as tightly as possible.When making a free roll, a spiral wound on an awl is placed in a round template, unfolded to the desired size and only then the tip is glued to the base.
Many people perceive paper as a short-lived and fragile material. However, products made in quilling technique are surprisingly durable. So the stand, seemingly graceful and weightless, can easily withstand a cup of tea without damaging a single curl. And a vase for sweets, assembled from small parts, can be used for its intended purpose.
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What tools and materials are needed for contour quilling
From this article you will learn what materials and tools are needed for contour quilling and how to choose the right one
Author: Alina Sholokhova
Based on materials from puzzzles. net
For contour quilling you need:
- Twist or its substitute
- Paper strips
- The base on which we will glue
- Prototyping mat
- Pencil or contouring pen
- Colored pencils or acrylics
- Gel pens for decorative effects
- Auxiliary materials to decorate the composition and make it more interesting
Twist (stick, pen)
The twist can be either homemade or industrially manufactured.I do not advise taking an awl or not a split toothpick, because you deprive yourself of many techniques and convenience in work. For example, without the correct twist, you will not get a beautiful and even meander and tight rolls.
The contour quilling pen must be with a fork, a paper clip or toothpick will not work. It will not be possible to wind a meander (wave) on them, it is more difficult to direct a strip of paper on the substrate.
With them we assemble the composition, transfer and try on the elements.The correct tweezers do not bend, they fit comfortably in the hand, the tips come together closely, without gaps. At the same time, the edge of the tip should not be very pronounced and sharp, so that it does not bite or scratch the paper.
Ideally, you need two tweezers: one with a curved and elongated tip, the other with a straight one. With the first we grab, draw out the parts, with the second, we transfer and try them on to each other.
It is better to take paper strips for contour quilling with a width of 3 mm or more.Density – from 80 to 240 grams. If you are just starting to study contour quilling – take paper 80-130 grams per meter. Naturally, the strips should be of high quality: smooth edges, no chipping, plastic, not soaking from the glue.
High-quality quilling paper is the key to effective work.
The base on which we will glue
It can be watercolor or pastel paper (it is better to take the density from 120 grams per meter). It can be wood, fiberboard or plywood.Remember, the more porous the surface, the better the adhesive will penetrate and absorb. If the surface is smooth, sanded or covered with acrylic paint, the glue seeps into the base much less or remains on the surface at all.
The paper base for contour quilling should be dense (140 grams or more per meter. Then it does not sag under the weight of the composition.
Adhesive for contour quilling:
Does not turn yellow or darken after drying Even, without lumps and water Matt after drying.
Look for a glue gun with a very narrow nozzle. And the rods must be of very high quality. Otherwise, you risk ruining your work.
Good glue does not soak paper, flows evenly, without lumps. I use wood glue.
Mat for prototyping
It is convenient to collect, move, try on stripes, curls and work details on it. Or you can cut the strips if you need a color or width that you do not have.
Pencil pen or stylus for directing the contours
Sometimes it is more convenient to draw the contours, and then glue the paper according to the drawing.You can press the grooves with the stylus, then the contour will not be visible, and the strip will become more accurate.
Colored pencils or acrylic paints
Useful to paint on a background or bright detail. By the way, you can take watercolor pencils. So clear strokes will result in blurred shapes and lines. Acrylic paints dry quickly and produce vibrant colors.
Watercolor pencils and acrylic paints are great helpers to touch up the background of a picture or a panel from a quilling.
Gel pens for decorative effects
For inscriptions, patterns and other interesting items
Auxiliary materials to decorate the composition and make it more interesting
It can be sparkles, contours.
Brush, or many brushes
In order to apply glue, acrylic paints, blur watercolor pencils, fix parts with varnish. It is better to take synthetic brushes. A pair of flat ones and a pair of round ones are enough to start.For each action (gluing, varnishing and applying paints) it is better to have separate brushes and not to confuse them
If in addition you decoupage or master quilling with a child, it is better to take a set of brushes. So for each action there will be its own convenient brush.
Serves to strengthen and protect the work. Glossy gives shine, if you go too far with it, the work looks vulgar. Matte gives a sheen-free film. And he and he give whitish stains, if applied in a thick layer or “blurt out from the heart.”
Matt varnish gives a gloss-free protective film.
Now you know what tools and materials are needed for contour quilling. And you can pick up quality ones. And create without interruption to find and test the right tools and materials.90,000 Quilling (paper decor) schemes and master classes
Each of us should have our own hobby, which brings pleasure and allows us to create something amazing.If you haven’t found your favorite activity yet, be sure to try quilling! This activity is suitable even for young children, as it helps develop motor skills. However, adults are also fond of quilling and create really amazing pieces.
A little history about quilling
Unlike other types of needlework, little is known about quilling. According to one version, Catholic nuns were the first to start doing this in the 14th century.The products were simple, but nevertheless they quickly attracted the attention of secular ladies. Since then, exceptionally wealthy people have been engaged in this type of needlework. Over time, it began to be practiced in other states, where various techniques were invented.
Today, not only noble people are engaged in such needlework. This is quite an affordable hobby, so absolutely everyone can afford it. Of course, at the initial stages, you will need to study different ways of curling strips of paper.But over time, you will be able to create real masterpieces that you can use to decorate your room and even present as a gift.
Quilling: product types
If you are just starting your journey in this art, we recommend that you learn the basics of forming small shapes, as well as understand the techniques. For example, European products are quite simple and straightforward, even without special schemes. At the same time, oriental masters devote much more time and effort to them.Therefore, the result is stunning volumetric paintings and figurines. Knowing about different techniques will help you shape your style, and practice will teach you how to quickly create simple products.
Those who have already mastered the basic skills of this handicraft can safely proceed to the next stage and try to create something more complex. A wall panel is an excellent option, as it will take more effort.
For the first works, we recommend using special schemes, thanks to which you can easily create the same drawing out of paper.Try not only to repeat the lines, but also to understand the details in order to do it in the future without prompts. You can also change the color scheme by choosing your favorite shades.
These products are ideal for room decor and any other room. Just choose shades that will blend with the overall interior.
By the way, wall panels can be presented as a gift to relatives or friends. Draw a drawing that conveys a person’s hobbies or dreams.For example, flying in a hot air balloon, music, or any other hobby.
You can also make the first letter of the name, which will decorate the door to the room or the head of the bed, the desk. Be sure that such a present will definitely please and pleasantly surprise you.
Motivational inscriptions or just pleasant words made using the quilling technique on a panel look very beautiful. It is better to hang such a product in a visible place in order to motivate each time looking at it.
Absolutely everyone can create a postcard with their own hands. Having shown originality, you can make an interesting decor. Postcards with the first letter of the name or products with voluminous flowers look great.
By the way, it is not at all necessary to use only strips of paper for this. Get beautiful ribbons, rhinestones and beads, thanks to which you can make a gorgeous composition. Of course, it will be a little more difficult, but the result will definitely please you.
With the help of quilling, you can create almost any piece of decor and even decoration. Original pendants and earrings will definitely attract the attention of others. Therefore, be prepared for questions and pleasant compliments. After all, wearing a thing made with your own hands is a real pleasure.
Stunning earrings will be a great addition to your evening look.
Decorations for the tree
You can make beautiful decorations not only for yourself, but also for a festive event.For example, a variety of snowflakes, toys and angels are perfect for decorating a Christmas tree. In addition, you can think over the color scheme in advance and create full-fledged decorations for the entire room in this theme.
For such a holiday it has long been customary to decorate an apartment and carefully prepare. You can make a beautiful, original decor using strips of paper. This will take a lot of paper, glue and patience, since the process is quite laborious.If you are new to this type of needlework, then we recommend purchasing a diagram that indicates how to properly connect the parts together.
As mentioned above, quilling allows you to create literally everything for home decor. Even original and unusual candlesticks can be made by hand with just a little practice. To do this, you need to purchase a candle in order to accurately measure the diameter of the candlestick. Get creative, add some extra decor and you will have a really beautiful piece of work.
Interesting ideas for the interior
Wall clock with paper decor looks very beautiful! The main thing is to choose the right size of decor and color scheme so that everything goes well with the overall interior of the room.
Even the simplest photo frame looks much more interesting with additional decor.
Experienced craftsmen, who have been engaged in this type of needlework for several years, create real masterpieces.Such work is very painstaking and requires perseverance. But the result is worth it!
Beautiful handmade paper boxes
Quilling is a really exciting activity that not only develops, but also allows you to create amazing things with your own hands.