Basic Techniques and Shapes – Quilling, the Art of Paper Filigree

Basic Techniques and Shapes – Quilling, the Art of Paper Filigree


Welcome! I am Ligia Pop, and one of my passions —
besides the art of cooking — is quilling. The art of quilling, or of rolling strips of paper into shapes, is
an old art, with its roots in the seventeenth century. It is sought after today as well, because it is
an ideal method of relaxation and stress relief. The basic materials are thick paper and glue, plus a
special instrument used to roll the paper. In this first episode we’ll learn a few basic techniques and shapes. Enjoy! We’ll start with a sheet of colored paper like this,
it’s fairly thick, as you can see. You can find paper like this in book shops or hobby
shops. I chose a yellow sheet for today’s demonstration. We’ll pass the sheet through this manual shredder (you can use
an automatic one as well) to make the strips. I’ll show you in just a bit what we’ll get. A shredder like this one will turn most sheets of paper into
the right-sized strips we can use for our projects. Since the paper is thick, it’s going to be
a bit hard to turn the handle. See what we’ve got? We can use these paper strips right away to make various shapes. This is a closer look at the strip of paper, it’s a little less than
0.5 cm wide, and as long as a sheet of A4 paper. We’ll turn this strip of paper into a preliminary roll which can
then be turned into a petal or other shape. You can also make paper strips with a cutter (guillotine) like this one. Take a sheet of paper, line it up on the cutter to
measure a width of about 0.5 cm, and slice away. Press on the roller (some cutters have arms), pass
it over the paper, and you’re done. This is the resulting strip of paper. It’s a bit thicker than
the one made by the shredder, but it’s good. The strips from the shredder have serrated edges,
these ones don’t. Take your pick. We’ll need this instrument, whose end is split, in order to catch the
end of a strip of paper and roll it carefully. Remove it from the roller carefully, so it doesn’t come apart. Now we can turn this roll of paper into other shapes. First, we’ll need to glue its end. We’ll need thicker, quality glue. Regular paper glue won’t hold thick paper together. Apply a small drop of glue with the aid of
a toothpick, onto the edge of the strip. Press it for a few seconds to cure the glue,
and now we’ve got a paper circle. Now we can turn it into a small leaf
or the petal of a flower. It can have this shape, or this shape. Or we can make a star. I’ve made four other petals, and now we can
make the middle of the flower. I chose a strip of red paper this time,
and I’ll roll it the same way. A bit of glue… This time though, we won’t let go of it. We’ll hold it tightly
and press the end together onto the roll, like this. See how nicely it came out? This will
be the middle of the flower. We’ll pull it off the roller carefully, pushing it slowly with a fingernail. And now we’ve got a flower! We can transform the middle into a more three-dimensional
shape, using the end of a toothpick. And now we’ve got an even more beautiful little flower! I hope you enjoyed it. See you next time! I’d also like to hear what you think, and
if you’ve got any questions. Thank you!

43 thoughts on “Basic Techniques and Shapes – Quilling, the Art of Paper Filigree”

  1. Salut Ligia! Pe blogul tau am descoperit accidental anul trecut arta quillingului. Nu am reusit la vremea respectiva sa aflu pe site-ul tau cum se numea, asa ca am cautat eu cu disperare pe google sa vad despre ce e vorba. Voiam sa-ti multumesc pt ca mi-ai trezit pasiunea asta IMENSA pt quilling. Intre timp am cumparat unelte, munti de hartie, tot felul de lipici-uri, cartoane si daca as avea mai mult timp, cred ca asta as face toata ziua. Multumesc si abia astept urmatoarele video-uri:) Diana

  2. Buna:) Eu fac quilling de cateva luni si acum am descoperit ce ai postat tu:) As vrea sa te intreb unde ai gasit sa cumperi acel distrugator de hartie:) pentru k eu m-am km saturat sa fasiez la ghilotina:D Multumesc:) Aida

  3. Superb…n-am cuvinte…sunt in clasa a7-1 si nu am facut niciodata asa ceva…trebuie sa fac niste ornamente de Craciun ,dar am o intrebare:de unde pot lua un instrument special pentru rulat hartia?

  4. si eu fac si am abia 9 ani fac zece acum in 3.25.2012 si fac aceasta arta de la 5 ani si este o arta foarte frumoasa va urez suces celor ce for sa se apuce si ei

  5. super ! 🙂 eu nu am incercat sa fac dar sunt sigura ca trebuie foarte multa rabdare ….eu fac bratari din ata cam de vreo 3 ani 😀 ..

  6. Great work!
    I'm so sorry for not knowing, but what language are you speaking? As I'm a Spanish speaker I could cath certain words but not the actual language…may it sound somewhat like an Italian dialect??…
    I'd really appreciate if any of you could answer my question…
    best regards from Argentina *=D

  7. That's interesting.. I knew that language existed but never heard it…
    thank you sooooo much @mariabianca9939
    Best regards,
    Analí…

  8. Am inceput sa fac quilling de cateve zile si vreau sa stiu de unde pot gasi acel distrugator de hartie? ghilotina e prea obositoare ptr. o fata de 11 ani

  9. Buna Ligia . Sunt din Cluj , unde am sansa sa gasesc fasii de hartie si acul pentru rulare? Multumesc. astept raspunsul tau

  10. Am rezolvat cu fasiile si ustensila , acum a mai ramas sa caut un lipici bun si transparent si ma apuc de treaba .multumesc mult :*

  11. Buna Ligia, am vazut cateva din lucrarile tale pe site, sunt cu adevarat minunate, imi plac foarte mult, as vrea sa stiu de unde as putea sa-mi cumpar si eu un instrument de taiat hartia?Multumesc!

  12. Buna Ligia esti extraordinara caut de ani buni un videclip ca alt tau te felicit dar te rog fa mai repede al 3 episod si cand il postezi anunta-ma dar cand va aparea al 3-lea episod?

  13. Mersi!M-ai ajutat mullt!Chiar astazi mi-am confectionat hartiile si nu stiam cum se procedeaza cu acul acela!Foarte tare!

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