This is another technique I’ve dabbled in for years. When I had my shop, quilling was a big hit both with the adults and children.
Quilling or paper filigree is an art form that involves strips of paper that are rolled, shaped and glued together to create decorative designs. This technique uses few materials and has delightful and endless results. Out of a 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheet of paper you can get 68 strips from the 8-1/2″ side and 88 strips from the 11″ side , 1/8″ wide. Not too bad. The only thing about this art form is it requires patience.
I wanted to work in quilling with stamping. Since Autumn is in the air, at least in New York, here’s what I came up with for my class:
Chocolate Chip card stock 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″
Pumpkin Pie card stock 5″ x 3-3/4″
Very Vanilla card stock 4-3/4″ x 3-1/2′
Cajun Craze card stock Cut (3) 1/8″ x 11″ (flowers)
Peach Parfait card stock cut (3) 1/8″ x 11″ (flowers)
Always Artichoke card stock cut (3) 1/8 x 11″ (leaves)
Pear Pizzazz card stock cut (3) 1/8″ x 11″ (leaves)
Paper Piercing Tool
Tombow Multi-Purpose Glue
On the piece of Very Vanilla, stamp the tree from the Season of Friendship stamp set in Chocolate Chip Ink. At this point adhere all your card layers, including the Very Vanilla layer. It would be very hard to add adhesive to the back once the quilling was done.
GENERAL QUILLING INSTRUCTIONS:
The strips you cut, you’ll use to create the different shapes by cutting them down and rolling them into coiled circles. To make the circles, take the strip and begin by wrapping it around the Paper Piecing Tool tip and then roll it the tool between your fingers. Gently lift off the coiled circle and allow it to loosen a bit. Glue the end of the strip, by placing a small drop with a toothpick and Tombow Glue to secure the circle. This is the base for all the shapes you are going to make, because these coiled circles are arranged and shaped to form the flowers and the leaves.
FLOWERS: To vary the size of your flowers just use a longer or shorter strip.
LEAVES: Pick up your coiled circle and with your thumb and index finger. Pinch one end, leaving the other end rounded. Again to vary sizes of leaves, use longer or shorter strips.
Once your satisfied with your shapes glue them on your tree with Tombow Multi Purpose
Glue. For mine, I let the coiled circles relax a lot and that’s why the spiral is very apparent. Experiment. Play around with lightly coiled circles and tightly coiled circles and see what results you get.
I’m definitely doing more quilling in the future. Won’t you join me. by making a quilling project and attach it in an EMAIL to me?
Stampin’ & Quillin’ Hugs,