These beginning quilling instructions offer an easy entry to a new scrapbooking or crafting technique. Quilling is a paper-coiling art that uses brightly colored paper to create imaginative decorations for your favorite scrapbooking pages, borders on wall art or any other spot that could use a little more style.
Getting Started With Quilling
The quilling craft uses a small tool to coil strips of paper into various shapes and patterns. It takes a bit of practice to get the hang of it, but, once you do, the only limit to what you can create is your own imagination.
You can get a quilling tool at any craft store, and you can find beginner's kits that have the tool, the paper and the quilling instructions all in one place. Once you are proficient with the basic tool, you can also use a needle or even a toothpick to coil designs anywhere.
1. While there are several types of quilling tools, it is usually easiest to use a slotted quilling tool when you are first learning the task. It leaves a slightly larger hole in the paper than other tools, but you can slip the end of the paper into the slot on the tool to hold the paper.
2. Take a piece of quilling paper, and tear the ends of the paper off, so the bonding glue is removed. It is usually best to tear the paper rather than cutting a sharp edge. Insert just the very end of a piece of the quilling paper into the slotted end of the tool.
3. Hold the tool in your dominant hand, and hold the paper between the thumb and the forefinger of your other hand. Turn the slotted quilling tool to begin to roll the paper, keeping the edges of the paper lined up. Turn firmly, but not too tightly, or the paper will tear.
4. When the paper is completely coiled around the tool, hold it for a moment, so the paper "remembers" the shape. Then point the tool down to the table, and let the coil drop off. The paper will begin to uncoil slightly, but that is normal. When the coil is done relaxing and unwinding a bit, use a toothpick to add a tiny drop of glue to the free end of the paper, and glue it down against the paper coil.
5. You've just made your first quilling coil! Now, make about a dozen or so exactly like the first one, so you begin to get the hang of the appropriate amount of tension to use when holding the paper and turning the tool.
You might rely on paper quilling patterns if you're new to quilling. However, you can learn to create your own quilling patterns from virtually any design you like.
Quilling design projects are perfect for enhancing your scrapbooks with texture, color and a little of your own personal style. You can add flowers, people, animals or geometric shapes to your scrapbook pages.