Quilling Art

Posted by Dwi Puspita Anggraeni | | | 4 comments »

Quilling or paper filigree is the art of rolling thin strips of paper into different shapes and using the shapes to form designs. Quilling has been around since the Renaissance age, but I was only recently introduced to it. It is fun and easy and I find it to be pretty relaxing. I hope this introduction to Quilling will spark an interest, and start you imagination flowing.

The tools needed for this craft are very basic. Paper strips, something to wind the strips around and glue are basically all you need to get started. Paper comes in many different weights.You select the weight according to what you want your finished design to look like. The strips of paper are usually cut anywhere from 1/8" to 1" wide with 1/8" being the standard. In the examples I used ordinary construction paper cut into 1/8" strips. I used a toothpick to wind the coils, but some prefer needles, pins, hat pins or some specially designed tools for quilling. Ordinary clear-drying white glue is good for most projects. If you are using a paper that has been sprayed with metallic paint, a heavier clear-drying glue may be used.

Other tools that may be helpful 
  • Scissors for cutting the strips of paper, although you can purchase pre-cut strips of paper for quilling in some craft stores. 
  • A small plastic cap or plastic bottle to hold a few drops of glue so the rest of the bottle won't dry out. 
  • A ruler is used to achieve uniformity in the size of the pieces.
  • You can use a piece of corrugated cardboard covered with waxed paper as a work board. A pattern can be slipped between the cardboard and the wax paper and if glue gets onto the wax paper it can easily be peeled off. Another alternative is styrofoam covered with plastic wrap.
  • Tweezers and a muffin tin are good to have handy for organizing by different size or shape and the tweezers will help you pick up or place the smaller pieces into position.
  • A damp sponge or washcloth is helpful to keep your fingers free of glue and to moisten the strip when you start a coil.

Basic Shapes

You can download pdf file about basic shape on quilling here and some example of quilling here and here.

Source: http://www.handcraftersvillage.com


  1. Custom Quilling // October 20, 2009 4:57 PM  

    Thank you for sharing.
    The first picture is my design and is from my store, Floral Bouquet offered as a free pattern.

  2. ARCAVA // October 23, 2009 2:00 AM  

    Thank you too for let me used your picture :)
    I have visit your page. Plenty of free design there. Can i re-share your pdf design? (of course still under your copyright).

  3. Anonymous // February 05, 2010 10:59 AM  

    thank u for your free design...so i can practice my quiling

  4. Arcava // March 02, 2010 5:11 PM  

    Thank you for you too for visit my pages :)

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