Quilling is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs. The paper is rolled, looped, curled, twisted and otherwise manipulated to create shapes which make up designs to decorate greetings cards, pictures, boxes, eggs, and to make models, jewelry, mobiles etc.
The supplies you’ll need are:
Strips from a colorful paper that you can cut yourself or simply buy them in ready made packs. There are a few sizes which are the most common: 1/8″ and 1/4″.
Slotted tool to make the rolling of the paper easier. Although you can easily roll the strips with your hands.
Here are the basic quilling shapes and how to make them.
Loose Circle: create a tight circle, but do not glue. Lay it on a flat surface, and let it expand. When satisfied with the shape and size, glue the end of the strip to secure.
Loose Scroll: form a loose circle, but do not glue closed.
Open Heart: fold a strip in half, and crease. Roll each end toward center.
S Scroll: form an S shape by rolling one end toward center, and the other in the opposite direction.
C Scroll: roll both ends of a strip toward the center
Tight Circle: roll strip tight without opening in the end. glue edge while rolled.
Teardrop: create and glue a loose circle. pinch one end to form a point.
Eye: create and glue a loose circle. pinch on both sides and glue.
Use combinations of these shapes to embellish any project from scrapbooking layouts, cards, frames, invitations and even create home decor pieces.
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