Quilling – Tricks & Tips to Turn Paper into Art

Tips & Tricks for a Paper Quilling Beginner

Paper quilling also referred as paper filigree has been around for centuries, but only recently gained the attention of crafters.

It is the art of shaping the paper into interesting and intricate 3D shapes. It is done by rolling narrow paper strips into scrolls and coils and then curving or pinching them to form various shapes.

A completed quilling project is sure to look fantastic and earn you appreciation. By using quilling craft you can make greeting cards, photo frames, earrings, pendants, jewelry box, basket, wall hanging, home décor items, and festival decorations.

If you are  interested in trying your hand at paper quilling but confused where to start from, here are some tips and tricks to get started:

1. Right tools

To begin paper quilling, you need to have the right tools. As a beginner, it is best to use a slotted tool as it is easier to handle and roll paper with. But remember, the slotted tool creates creases on the paper strips. With time and experience, it is best to shift to the needle tool. A needle tool assures neater and crease-less paper roll. Other tools you need are quilling board, quilling mold, quilling tweezers and quilling crimper tool.

Quilling paper GÇô Blue

2. Quilling paper

As paper quilling begins with rolling paper strips, it is critical to have right paper quilling strips. It is best to buy pre-cut quilling paper packs that are easily available in craft stores. The quilling strips are available in a range of size, length, color and texture to choose from, keeping your quilling project in mind.


3. Learning basic shapes

There are more than thirty basic quilling shapes that you need to learn to master this craft. The basic shape is the rolled paper coil, and all the other shapes are made by adjusting and pinching the paper coil. Some of the common shapes are a tight coil, loose coil, teardrop, curved teardrop, marquise, slug, tulip, square, petal, leaf and scrolls.


Basic quilling shapes 1

Basic quilling shapes 2

Find easy tutorials on basic quilling techniques.

4. Try simple projects

Once you feel comfortable with basic shapes, proceed to simple projects. Using the shapes already made, try making simple greeting cards. It will undoubtedly boost your confidence and give you a sense of achievement on successfully completing a quilling art project.


5. Look for resources

With the growing craze of paper quilling, there is no dearth of quilling resources. You can easily find “quilling for beginners” idea books and resources online. These resources not only provide easy to comprehend quilling ideas, but also give useful handy tips for beginners. Paper quilling blogs also provide step-by-step instructions and information on how to do paper quilling.

6. Practice

Paper quilling requires a lot of patience and practice. The more you practice, the better results you get. Though paper quilling is time-consuming, it is creatively satisfying for both kids and adults.

So if you are looking forward to trying your hands at some new paper craft, give this type of craft a serious try. The demand for paper-quilled products like jewelry especially jhumkas, photo frames, wall art and festival decorations is growing exponentially. There is nothing as satisfying as earning some quick money out of your hobbies. So why wait, explore the world of paper quilling today.

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