Beginner Quilling Projects

Quilling design projects are perfect for enhancing your scrapbook projects with texture, color and a little of your own personal style. While working with the theme of your page and the color palette of your photos, you can add flowers, people, animals or geometric shapes to your scrapbook pages.

To create simple flowers for your scrapbook projects, all you need is a quiling board with the pre-cut circle templates, six six-inch pieces of quilling paper in one color and one six-inch piece of quilling paper in a contrasting shade. Once you have these items, you can begin with the following steps:

1. Tightly coil the quilling strips of the first color into six coils, and drop them into a row on the quilling board template that is about a half-inch wide. The coils will loosen up slightly within each hole on the board. Glue the end of each strip, and then secure it with a pin to dry.

2. Next, make a tight coil with the paper of the second color, but keep this one tightly coiled. Release it from the quilling tool, and glue the end so it cannot unravel.

3. Next, remove the six coils from the quilling board, and pinch one end of each of the loose coils to form teardrops.

4. To assemble your flower, you have two choices:

Either glue the non-pointed ends of the teardrops to the tight center coil, or glue the pointed ends of each of the six teardrops together and place the tight coil on top and glue it to the petals. Either way, secure your flower with pins until it dries.

When you are working on pieces for your quilling projects, always make an extra piece or two of each shape. That way, you can choose the best-looking ones for your project.

It is also helpful, when making quilling projects, to keep all your quilling paper separated and stored properly. Keep each color paper separate in the long plastic bags they come in, and label each color carefully. It can be easy to mix up different shades of the same color or even light shades of completely different colors. By keeping everything in the original plastic bags and removing only the strips you need, you stand a much greater chance of your final scrapbook projects or other quilling projects turning out just how you planned.

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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.

You can find creative paper quilling ideas anywhere-from the Web, craft stores and your own imagination. With a little practice and inspiration, you will be dreaming up your own paper quilling ideas in no time at all.

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Once you've mastered the quilling technique, you can begin learning some basic quilling shapes, such as loose coils and teardrops.

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.

You can find creative paper quilling ideas anywhere-from the Web, craft stores and your own imagination. With a little practice and inspiration, you will be dreaming up your own paper quilling ideas in no time at all.

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