Thursday, April 22, 2010

Paper Quilling

Now a days i am very facinated with Paper Quilling techq. In market these kind of papers are avaible or for practise you can start with any normal but thin paper. In market these papers are already cut in thin size bt if you are doing it 1st time then just cut your thing paper into 3mm or 5mm width like a long stip below. Quilling isn't a difficult craft, but it can take a little practice to get the tension right.

I cut normal A4 size paper in to3mm strips. Now for quilling we need a quilling tool like below;

I have done my practise with toothpick, i just give a slit to toothpick by paper cutter and started to quill. I took strip of paper and gently put the end into the slot of the tool. Make sure that only the tiniest bit of paper protrudes through to the other side of the slot. Then, holding the tool in right hand and the paper between other hand, slowly turned the quilling tool so that the paper winds evenly around the tip. Keep some tension on the paper while turning the tool, but if we tug too hard it may tear it! so we should be careful about it. By turn the tool upside down, & allowing the quilled coil to fall on any platform. The paper will begin to uncoil a little, then when it stops uncoiling use a toothpick to stick the glue on the end of the paper. Hold the paper together for a moment or two until the glue dries. Here are some basic shapes and samples;

these shape i found on net so just posting for information. Now soon i will post my quilling flowers, cards, photo frames etc. Well i have found very interesting info on this basic shapes, hope u all find it easy too.

The teardrop

Pick up your coil and with the thumb and index finger pinch it together forming a shape with a point at one end and leaving the other end rounded. This is a useful shape for flower petals.

The petal

Taking your teardrop shape, gently press your pointed end to one side to curve it over.

The marquise or eye shape

Take another coil and this time hold it between the thumb and index fingers of both hands. Pinch tightly with both hands to form points at each end. The marquise is one of the most useful shapes in quilling.

The leaf

Make another marquise but this time after pinching the ends move them in opposite directions creating a twist in the shape.

The half moon or crescent

You will need your quilling tool again for this shape. Take one of your coils and push the handle of the tool into the circle, squeezing the two ends to form points.

The triangle

A slightly tricky one this time. Holding the circle between your index fingers of each hand, push the bottom of the circle up with your thumbs to create a triangle. Pinch the three corners to sharpen them up.

The tulip

Start by making the teardrop shape but before letting go of the pinched end push it back into the main part of the circle to form an indentation. Sharpen up the two outside points if required but they can be left rounded.

Bunny ear or shield

Similar in appearance to the crescent, this shape is made without using the quilling tool as a former. Holding the coil in one hand use the index finger on the other hand to push an indentation into the circle. Then pinch the two resulting points to sharpen up the shape and make the ears.

The arrow

First make a teardrop by pinching one end. Then, holding the pinched end, use your finger to push the other end towards your other hand forming an indentation. Pinch the points to sharpen up the shape.

The star

Make a marquise as before, then turn the shape 90 degrees and repeat, pinching two more points to make a star. Press hard at each point to sharpen up the shape.

The square

This one needs both thumbs and both index fingers! Hold the circle between all four digits and gently press into a square shape. Squeeze each corner to transform your circle into a square.

The holly leaf

A pair of pointed craft tweezers are useful when making this shape which is, of course, great for quilled Christmas cards.
Squeeze your circle together in the center using your tweezers. Using your fingers pinch one end and push it towards the center, repeat at other end to form a holly leaf shape.

Paper quilling instructions - Open coil
Open coils or scrollwork can add a delicate touch to a quilled item. This time we do not glue the end of the paper strip once it is coiled.

Open circle

Easy one! Just coil as normal but after leaving it to relax do not glue the end.Open coils or scroll work can add a delicate touch to a quilled item. This time we do not glue the end of the paper strip once it is coiled.

Open circle

Easy one! Just coil as normal but after leaving it to relax do not glue the end.

Open heart

Take your length of quilling paper and fold it in half. Roll from one end in towards the fold line until a small section of paper is left preceding the fold. Do the same for the other end. Try to leave the same amount of free paper on each side of the heart so that it lines up nicely when finished.

Open V

Worked in the same manner as the heart above, but roll away from the fold line creating the coils on the outside so that the finished result looks like a letter V with outward facing curls on the open ends.


  1. hi,
    I just saw ur blog. Iam interested in paper quilling & just started to learn.Can u pls tell me where we can get the paper quilling strips in India & also punch craft machines.
    I live in hyderabad.

  2. hi i am ami saw your blog it is nice for project cover books greeting cards etc

  3. hi samyukhta,
    u can get paper strips in india but they r not avaible in all cities in india, so u just check with ur citi's general stores or stationary stores. they r avaible in Mumbai. bye

  4. Hi ami,
    Thanks a lot for ur appreciation to my blog.

  5. Hey,
    Liked your blog :)
    Could you please let me know how you cut paper in 3mm strips ? scissors ? wasnt that difficult ? and what was the weight of the paper that you cut ?

  6. hi,
    thanks a lot.
    well, in my country i can get these tini paper strips in shop. If u didnt get them in shop u've to do this hard paper cutting work with scissors only. 1st just mark dem with pencil and then cut them. paper should not be thick at all like cardsheet. paper should be like our normal A4 size paper, very thin.

  7. Hi..they are some really nice works of art! can u pls let me know where in mumbai the paper quilling strips are available?

  8. i am very happy to see these types of art and i need these quilling sheets for making.

  9. thanks a lot, bt i really dnt knw where r these strips avaible in mumbai... u can search in general store or stationary store...

  10. Hi Hina here, i really like this art and i think if you have developed it very well then u shud come forward with it and participate in india's got Talent 3, i have been looking for quilling artists who have done it in a grand manner pls reply to me at ur earliest on

  11. thanks a lot hina, bt i m in south korea , nywys ,thnx


  13. hi..
    where do we get quilling tools in coimbatore(tamil nadu)..?


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