Get Your Twirl On: Paper Quilling - 4 Colors - 4 Shapes - 5 Designs + Bonus Design | Lisa Palmer | Skillshare

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Get Your Twirl On: Paper Quilling - 4 Colors - 4 Shapes - 5 Designs + Bonus Design

teacher avatar Lisa Palmer, Spreading the joy of paper filigree.

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (24m)
    • 1. 4 color intro

    • 2. GYTO - Card Basics

    • 3. GYTO - Flowers

    • 4. GYTO - Flower Centers

    • 5. GYTO - Pulled Shape (Swirl)

    • 6. GYTO - Flower Stem

    • 7. GYTO - Leaf Using a Quilling Comb

    • 8. GYTO - Leaf Using a Sizer Guide

    • 9. Keep those papers rollin'!

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About This Class

The art of paper filigree, also known as paper quilling. In this class we will take just 4 colors of quilling paper to make 4 simple quilling shapes and create 5+ card designs!

New to quilling? Check out my beginning video lessons:

Intro to Paper Quilling: Basic Shapes, Tools & Tips  

Paper Quilling: Wheatear, Alternate Side Looping, & Husking

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Lisa Palmer

Spreading the joy of paper filigree.


As a craft-o-holic I became bored with everything I knew how to do, so a search in 2011 re-introduced me to paper filigree/quilling. Since January, 2015, I'm been a Best of Missouri Hands/Missouri Artisan juried member, having juried in both 2D Mix Media and Jewelry. In 2016 I received my accreditation with the North American Quilling Guild. I'm also juried into the Early American Life Directory of Traditional Craftsman. I'm honored to have been an artisan at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri, for its annual Fall Festival during September and October.

I run and own my quilling business, Never Bored Creations, full-time. I write my own patterns, teach adult classes, and work with Girl Scout and 4-H groups. Add to that my hubby of over 30 years, 3 lovely, adult daughters, a p... See full profile

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1. 4 color intro: Hey, world bodies. Lisa here. And I'm very excited for this next lesson of videos that I have all lined up just for you. In these videos, you're going to learn how to take simply four colors of pulling paper. Create four different shapes out of those papers and you're going to have five designs that you can make with just those four colors and four ships. My goal is to show you that willing is an exquisite art. But at the same time, it could be done simply and plainly to make something most beautiful things. Did you ever imagine so? Pushing roll? Come on along. I help you get your little one. 2. GYTO - Card Basics: because I'm creating this video in February, I decided I wanted to create my card using red card stock. Generally, I will hand cut my cards so I will purchase standard US card stock in 8.5 inch by 11 inch. Then I cut my card stock where I have the 8.5 inch and a 5.5 inch size card. I'll also score just really gently at the four and 1/4 mark so that the card stock will then fold quite nicely when I get ready to fold it up. Another little tip. In using colored card stock, I will create a small piece of high quality white paper to fit on the inside so that people have somewhere that they can write their message. As you can see with this one, I've also taken my software and created a little dotted line down the side that matches the color of the card that I'm creating for this card. Have chosen to use a yellow flower, a pink flower, which is actually kind of a rose like color. I've chosen to greens have kind of a medium green here you can see and I have a light green 3. GYTO - Flowers: Let's start with our yellow flower. I have already tourney my six inch strip of paper. And if you're not familiar with actually how to quill, I recommend that you refer back to my first video on the beginning, willing putting that six inch strip once it's rolled into the number four on the quilt creations Circle Guide. Now the first shape that we're using for our card is going to be the teardrop, and we'll take thes teardrops then and turn them into a heart shape. We need to create four sets of the heart shapes. Here's a little tip you can see here that the teardrop will curl toe one side. I can see all of your little pieces have come up to this side. So when making your heart turn your piece over and have you're Toro going in the same direction you can see with this one. All of my low twirls are in set, and I have put them all together. Is there a difference? Some people insists that there are. Here's one where I've got all of the twirls going the same direction, so it does create more of a flow with your flower But with this one, I wanted that definite heart. Look. So now you can look at it and see that there is a heart set of pedals going on versus the complete flow. Once you have a maid, do a little glue. Sure, they're coming together there. Okay, create your piece. You can see here. I've already glued two pieces together. So now we're ready to glue the other pieces to using a good quality glue. It shouldn't take too long. My notice A little bit. Go a bit of a from where I pinched it. A bit of a curve. Just take your handy dandy tweezers. Push it together to make sure that it's meeting all the way down through there. Use to magically you board, Flatten it out, make sure all the edges even and that starts two of our three flowers. As you can see, I've taken my rose colored paper and created same size flower in the rose as in the yellow also took five inch strip of paper and twirled in sizing it in the number five on Mike Willing Board here and created a single heart shaped flower 4. GYTO - Flower Centers: to finish off the center of your flower. You have several options. You can do it with little beads, little crystals that will kind of give the look that you see here in this card can see the little shine of the crystal There in the center of the flowers, you can also create centers using your quill ing paper can see the little centers that I've created here. I like to make my centers a little smaller, then the flower itself. And so, as you'll see here, it's a very thin piece of paper. What I've done with ease is I've taken about an inch and 1/2 strip paper. Take my fine scissors and I cut it in half. Now here's a little trick. If you watch the end of your scissors as you work down through the center, that will help you visualize where the center of your papers at go. So for free hand cutting, I think I did pretty good, and I take this fine piece of paper nap here before I pull it off. I had my little glue should offer their That gives you the center for your flub, I said. You can also take just any number of any embellishments that you would want to Teoh and to the center of your flower. 5. GYTO - Pulled Shape (Swirl): next, let's learn how to create our three green pieces that will use in our cards. I took my light green and my medium green that I had chosen, and I created strips that are about 8.5 inches long. I want to take the dark in light, stack them on each other, take the other dark, stack it. So we have to dark with the two lights sandwiched between them. You want to fold this piece now? You don't want to fold it perfectly in half with this new shape or creating, it's called a pulled shape. We need a little extra room towards the bottom between these two pieces and I'll show you why. So now I'm going to pull up to the top, and I like to take and glue just a damn. Remember, willing. We don't want to use much glue right in each fold. But just that dab of glue this does is it will help this centre whenever we twirl it to stay together. Okay. This is the piece that we have. You can see that included here can see down here. We have two different links of our papers. We're gonna take our tweezers. We're gonna come right into the middle Here, twirl our paper. This takes a little practice. Sometimes you can see those two different sizes pretty much joined up it off and release it . This makes for a very nice shape to use and you're pulling also. But in this instance, I'm going to pull a little up to the top, Kind of get it separating. Then take the first piece that you see, give it a little pull down separating out there. The next one you want to just keep doing this back may go ahead and push it. That's why it's called a pulled or pushed peace. A little work. But now it may take you a little while. Don't get frustrated. Don't feel like you're doing it all wrong because just like with any new skill, it's gonna take some time. Okay, so I'm gonna come in here and decide how big I want it. I have already made one. I'm gonna hold these two kind of together In an idea of what length I want This You can see the length and I wanted here, come in with my glue. Arranges little ways up using a wonderful dispenser like mine. Heard toothpick. Whatever you're needing to use, you have to figure out the best way for you to handle putting the glue inside here. Okay? Them all down again. I'm gonna look at the size. Is the little scissors. Cut it off. Now I have to. Greenpeace is that we will need to make for card. Next video will work on this little guy. 6. GYTO - Flower Stem: this little guy we've used again the light and the dark colors of paper. First thing we want is we want a bad a two and 1/4 inch piece of paper in the light color and then the dark one. We needed to be a little shorter so that we can make this will shape here on the side. So I've got a two and 1/4 inch of the light and I had about a two inch of the dark. So let's take our light. We're going to fold it in half and put just a little bit of glue. I only want this to be maybe about 1/2 inch long. Be very careful, Bachir Glue. Remember, glue spreads throughout that paper, and so if you're not careful, you'll end up with it spreading all the way up into with center. Here, take her green. Yet just that little dot of glue right in the crease. Put these two pieces of paper together. Now we have start what we're gonna do with this. Are we ready? Pull these two pieces to where they're even down through there and you can see that we're not even on the end, and that's okay. Slide it under tool, start twirling peace to where the glue is at and that is how you make your peace. 7. GYTO - Leaf Using a Quilling Comb: the last piece that we're gonna learn is how to make this leaf. I use a Quillin comb again. If you're not familiar with the various tools, please go back and take a look at my 1st 2 videos, my beginning videos where I explain different ways that you can use these combs and other combs that you can also purchase. But right now, if you don't have one, I've also created a resource for you of a little pattern. And you can use straight pins and the court board like I use here to make that same shape that we're gonna make on this comb Start with. We're going to do it with the Quillin comb. So I'm gonna take my light green. I'm gonna come in. We're gonna end up with three extra leaves on the side here, So just come in far enough to make sure that you've got plenty of room to wrap four 1234 of the times. Dad is Louis. Then we're going to wrap around to no three more times. Tear it off. I felt that halfway point just a little extra glue on, because then we're gonna take our green and the dark green. I'm going to wrap it, but I'm not going to skip a time here. I'm gonna come right back around where it's just wrapped around previous light cream that gives you your shape. Remember, you don't wanna full this way. You might pull it apart. You want to push that offer there? So this is what it looks like once you push it off. Thank I'm gonna take it. Put my tweezers middle pinching up again. Continue to work in a pinch. Going down. No, depending on your paper and your glue. You may have to hold it just for a few moments to make sure it's good attached. And that makes your leaf shape. Takes care of learning how to make the four different shapes that we need to create our cards. 8. GYTO - Leaf Using a Sizer Guide: the last piece that we're gonna learn how to make this leaf. Okay, now we're gonna do it with the shape that I have on the reference material. I want to put a pin in the center of your black dots. I want this to be about half way. So a pinch creating that same shape that we just created on the comb. I hope that bring a pin in for the next little dot We've got one more around. They're off where you're gonna have that. Come right down into that center, Mr Glade. Even next, friend, just wrap around. You're late. Okay. Take depends out the same shape that we had tweezer in the middle. You have your shape. So that takes care of learning how to make the four different shapes that we need to create our cards. 9. Keep those papers rollin'!: What a great time we just had. Creating beautiful works of art at four colors. Four simple shapes. Don't forget poster project at the end of the class. Because I am just very excited to see where you take these lessons that I've given you and what you make with these ideas. Just personally yours. So, until next time, buddy, keep those papers twirling.