Friday, February 5, 2010

Let's Learn About Paper Quilling!

Although most popularly called quilling, this paper craft has a few other names it is known by as well. Maybe you have heard it called paper filigree, rolled paper d├ęcor, paper rolling, quiling, or filigrana. Whatever you chose to call it, try quilling once and you’ll surely be hooked on this unique paper art. Quilling makes gorgeous artwork to jazz up any craft, especially scrapbooking and card making. Whatever name you call it, paper quiling is a lot of fun and easy to do with my step by step instructions.

The art of paper filigree is not a quick, mass-produced artform. While it is not difficult to learn, it does require a good eye for detail, time, and patience....lots of patience since you are working with small strips of paper!

Surprisingly though, quilling is not difficult to learn how to do (if you follow instructions) but it does take some time and patience since you are working with intricate designs and small strips of paper. You just need a few proper tools (such as a slotted quilling tool) and the time to work on your quilled art. The great thing about the art of paper quilling is that almost anyone at any age can learn how to do paper filigree after just a little bit of practice. You can work on your quilling creations for a few minutes or for many hours. It depends on how quickly you want to work and how much time you have for your creations; although many professional quillers will suggest that this paper art does take quite some time. I’m pretty sure that once you get started quilling, you won’t want to stop. However, if you just want to learn quilling to add a few designs to your scrapbook or card making, you can do that in very little time and find it fairly easy to master quickly with proper instructions and patterns.

Quilling at its most basic, is the art of rolling (or coiling) a strip of paper around a tool then conforming it into a variety of shapes. Quilled paper shapes are then formed into a larger design and glued together. Once you learn the basic coils and scrolls, you’ll be able to create artwork and patterns in very little time. Have fun quilling!

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