Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Quilling Tutorial 1 - Introduction

Hi Everyone,

I have been getting requests to post a tutorial on the basics of quilling and how to start if one is interested in learning. So, I jotted down in this post the introduction to quilling, which will help you to understand:
what is quilling?
Supplies Required
Basic shapes
Further in coming posts I will post certain basic and then advanced tutorials for quilling.

Let's Start!!!

Paper Quilling or Paper filigree is an art or craft form, where the artist creates intricate designs shaping and gluing strips of paper. This art requires a lot of time, patience and neatness; but gives amazing results! Quilling can be used to make variety of items like: Handmade cards, decorating different items (boxes, gifts, photo frames etc), pictures, handmade jewelry, three dimensional miniatures, etc.


1. Paper or Paper Strips -
Usually now a days Quilling paper strips are available on any craft or stationery store. These strips are available in various widths like 3mm, 1cm, 2cm etc (as shown in the photograph).

We should choose the width of the strips based on our project's requirement. For ex. for cards usually strips with lesser width are used for convenience. For Folded roses strips with wider width are preferred.

In case ready made paper strips are not available, you can make these strips using a double side colored paper and cutting it down into equal width strips like 2mm, 5mm, 1cm, 2cm as per your project requirement.

2. Quilling Tool
The Quilling tool is a tool with a metal tip having a slot at the top. This slot helps to hold the paper strip in place while rolling it.

3. Glue
Usually preferred is a wet glue, which give you some time before it dries to make any adjustments in case required.

If you are cutting your paper strips ruler is very important for correct measurements.
There is another scale/ruler available in market with different sizes of circles and shape in it. It is also a very useful tool for making similar size petals or any shape.


The picture below showcases the 15 basic shapes that a learner should start with. Using these you can make a lot of basic flowers, leaves and shapes.

This is it for this post. I will be back with more posts on quilling soon. If you want to know anything specific, do leave me a comment. I will be happy to answer. Till then,
Have Fun and Keep Crafting!


Anonymous said...

Itz awesume :) thnk u!!!

Anonymous said...

it's very nice.. awesome...need some help for some basic shapes.