Monday, 28 July 2014

Start a Business in Quilling Art

Start a Business in Quilling Art...
Creative Paper Quilling Pattern Book     

what is quilling?

Quilling or paper filigree is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs. The paper is rolled, looped, curled, twisted and otherwise manipulated to create shapes which make up designs to decorate greetings cards, pictures, boxes, eggs, and to make models, jewellery, mobiles etc.The most popular and versatile technique is that of rolling. The paper strip is rolled in fingers or using a tool. The coil is then released and then glued at the tip and then shaped. These shaped coils are arranged to form flowers, leaves, and various ornamental patterns.
Quilled Creations Beginner Quilling Kit
How to start quilling art?

In the 18th century, quilling became popular in Europe where gentle ladies of quality ("ladies of leisure") practiced the art. It was one of the few things ladies could do that was thought not too taxing for their minds or gentle dispositions. Quilling also spread to the Americas and there are a few examples from Colonial times. Many quilled art works can be found on cabinets and stands, cribbage boards, ladies' purses, a wide range of both pictures and frames, work baskets, tea caddies, coats of arms and wine coasters. Storage boxes, larger than most jewelry boxes with drawers and/or tops that opened, quilled lock boxes, and much more. Some items were specially designed for quilling with recessed surfaces. Quilling was also combined or married with other techniques such as embroidery and painting.

7 Tips for the Paper Quilling Beginner

Paper quilling, also known as paper filigree, is the art of shaping paper into intricate and interesting shapes. This is achieved by rolling strips of paper and pinching or curving them into various forms. A completed quilled project may look complicated, but the basics of the craft are actually not hard to master. If you have ever wanted to give paper quilling a try, here are seven tips for getting started!

Various paper quilled shapes

1. Quilling paper

Paper quilling starts with rolling paper strips, and so naturally, the No. 1 item on the supplies list is quilling paper. You can buy packs of pre-cut quilling paper in most major art and crafts stores, but you can also cut your own strips of papers. The length and size of the paper will determine how the paper quilled project eventually looks.

2. Tools

Paper quilling tools
Comparing quilled shapes made with the needle tool and the slotted tool
In order to paper quill, a needle-like tool is required. A slotted tool is usually recommended to the paper quilling beginner because it is easier to roll paper with it. However, the slotted tool tends to crease the paper strips. Those who are more experienced in paper quilling may prefer the needle tool. Even though it is slightly more tricky to use, many crafters prefer the needle tool as it tends to result in a neater, crease-less paper roll.
Tools for paper quilling

Glue is another essential item on the supplies list. It is also helpful to have a pair of tweezers to handle the quilled pieces and a circle template to measure the coils with.

3. Basic shapes

Basic paper quilling shapes

The most basic shape of paper quilling is the rolled paper coil. By pinching and adjusting the tension of the paper coil, different quilled shapes are made. Some of the most basic paper quilling shapes are shown in the picture above.

4. A simple card idea

Paper Quilling card
Once you have practiced and are happy with your paper quilled shapes, it’s time to make something with them! You don’t need a lot of shapes to make something fun with paper quilling. Even the simplest of the quilled shapes can be used for a project. For example, in the card pictured above, five simple loose coils were used for the monkey’s juggling balls to make a fun greeting card.

5. Other creative applications

Paper Quilling card

Paper quilling is frequently used for making greeting cards or in wall art, like decorative canvases or framed art. Some folks even make wearable art-like earrings  out of their paper quilled shapes!

6. Resources

Paper quilling instructions and idea books can be found in many book stores. Some paper quilling books that were written for kids have great instructions that can be used for beginners of any ages. Even though they were intended for a young audience, children’s paper quilling books are not only easy to understand, they are usually filled with quick and easy projects that are great for any beginner.

7. Practice, practice, practice!

Paper quilling takes a lot of patience and a lot of practice but the results can be very rewarding. The more you practice, the better you will be at it.
Quilling Paper Types
Quilling paper is available on the consumer market in over 250 colors and dimensions. It can be divided into various categories, like solid colored Quilling paper, graduated Quilling paper, two-tone Quilling paper, acid free Quilling paper and other assorted parcels of Quilling paper. It is available in various dimensions, such as 1/8”, ¼” and 3/8 broad paper parcels.
Acid-Free Quilling paper
As the name clearly indicates this is a paper that is completely acid free. The quality makes it an outstanding choice for making scrapbooks, rubber stamping, and creating frames for pictures. It assures your project will last a lifetime, without any side effects on the framed picture or album.
Graduated Quilling Papers
This type of paper provides an exceptional look to decorative quilling projects. The edges have a solid color that gradually fades to white. When using a graduated paper, a quilling ring begins with a dark shade but ends up being faded to a lighter side. On the contrary, some graduated papers begin as white, or a lighter shade, and then slowly fades into a solid, darker color. 
Two-Tone Quilling Papers
This is another important type of quilling paper. It is quite similar to the graduated quilling paper in its use. The look consists of a concrete color on one side and comparatively lighter color on the other side. With two-tone paper the color remains same, however the intensity of color is different. The main use of this quilling paper is to provide a desired level of softness to the quilled subject. It possesses the capacity to quill many papers in a single spiral.

Market Potential

These are widely valued and acknowledged for its dimensional accurate, best quality and durable. Our ranges of these are available in a various types and forms of size and thickness as per the client’s requirement.

Secrets To Quilling Success-

"Why Learn Paper Quilling?"

Discover a New Skill – Quilling is a skill you can learn and will stay with!
Scrapbooking or Card Making Embellishments – Quilling makes beautiful embellishments for scrapbooking and card making that really will help to jazz up your creations and make them stand out!
Great Family Activity – Your family will love spending quality time with you choosing quilling patterns and embellishments, and discovering how to make their own creations! Children especially love Quilling!
Inexpensive – In these times of economic uncertainty, cost is important to most families, and this is an activity that costs pennies to create! And you probably have most of the supplies already at home!
Envy of the Friends – We all want to showcase our creativity and Quilling is a fantastic way to create crafts that others will think you spent tons of time and energy to create!
Home Business Income – Supplement your family income during hard economic times by learning how to sell your quilled creations at craft fairs and online with my tips and ideas to profiting from your Quilling craft skills!

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