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Get Your Twirl on: Intro to Paper Quilling - Basic Shapes; Tools, and Tips.

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

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (33m)
    • 1. Welcome to Intro to Quilling

    • 2. YTO - Understanding Your Tools Part 1

    • 3. GYTO - Understanding Your Tools Part 2

    • 4. GYTO - Using Your Paper Stash

    • 5. GYTO - Using a Needle Tool

    • 6. GYTO Using Slotted Tool

    • 7. GYTO - 12 Basic Shapes Part 1

    • 8. GYTO - 12 Basic Shapes Part 2

    • 9. GYTO Magical Gluing Tip & Bonus

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Join Lisa Palmer, paper filigree (quilling) artist, in discovering the joy and elegance of this age old art. Lisa is a juried member of Missouri Artisans Association/Best of Missouri Hands and has received her quilling accreditation from the North American Quilling Guild.

Lisa says,"I'm very passionate about the historic aspects of this beautiful art. I enjoy introducing - or re-introducing - people to paper guilling, and sharing a new adventure with them." 

In Intro to Paper Quilling you will learn: 

A little history about quilling;

About the tools used to create beautiful and consistent shapes;

About papers available;

Lisa’s preferred glue;

Other tips and tricks.

And, of course, how to Get Your Twirl On!! as Lisa guides you in making the 12 basic shapes of paper quilling in this intro video.

If you can't wait for the next video, then hurry over to Lisa's website and see her growing collection of patterns, sign up for her e-newsletter, and connect with Never Bored Creations on Facebook and Pinterest. Your adventure in paper quilling all starts here... Never Bored Creations

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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. Welcome to Intro to Quilling: I'm Lisa, and I'm the paper filigree artist. I am so glad that you decided to join me on this adventure is we learned together how to turn very spine strips of paper into beautiful pieces of art. How did I get into paper filigree? Well, when you're raised 1/20 and plum 20 miles from nowhere flameout sticks, you're never allowed to say that you're bored. So about five years ago, I got a little bit bored with everything I was already doing. And so I went down into my craft room and I found an old quelling kit that I had purchased many, many years before. At the time, it just didn't seem to click with. But five years ago, when I rediscovered that kid and I got on the Internet and I looked through some of the things that other people have done, I fell in love. It was just awesome. And the beauty, the intricacy of the colors, whether you want to be in pastels or where they want to be vibrant, whether you want to make a card or you want to make a friend piece that is a beautiful landscape, it is just so versatile and so many things that you can do. The art of paper filigree was actually started almost 500 years ago by the French monasteries. And learning how to do that process has just evolved over the years. So at this point, I just wanted again Thank you for joining me. And I want to invite you to come along and learn how to get your Taurel on. 2. YTO - Understanding Your Tools Part 1: welcome to quelling supplies, part one. Understanding your tools. I'm going to discuss the basic tools I feel make willing, easier to do and produces beautiful results. Every time lying on my desk, you will see my preferred work surface. This work surface is simply a corkboard covered by a grid, which I then take wax paper and tape. Cover my grief, tape it down. And there I have my work board. One of the things that I appreciate between me and the French nuns is that I have cooler tools. Yes, I do. Yes, I do. In those days, they would have possibly used a hat pin, maybe a bird feather. People talk of porcupine quills, anything that would be round that could help them start creating the pieces for their work . As you can see, I have several laying here. These air ones I have just collected over the years. You may even have some laying around and not even realize that's what that Waas buttock willing tool The one that I use the most often is this one. It is a very fine tool. Yes, there is a little slot down in there. And it was not readily available until recently, and you can now purchase it through one of my suppliers. This one is a larger head. As you can see, I do use this one for younger Children, usually between nine and 12 or 13. This is the tool that I would use to teach them, quelling the tool that we will be using. It's going to be this tool. As you can see, there is Hey slid in this tool also with a very end of it, cut out, kind of looks like a darning needle stuck down in some Would people have asked if they can , Duke willing, without the slighted tool. And I will have a demo of that in a later video. These are my tweezers now. These air, not just everyday tweezers. If you'll notice there is a very, very fine point on the end, and this point is very sharp. I have actually dropped the tweezers before and had them stand straight up in my wood floor . They are also coated with a little bit of a rubber coating. To me, that helps me to grip on to him and hold on to Imus as I work through my designs. Another thing that I used regularly are straight pins. In other videos, you may see them. You straight pins that have the big yellow heads. I prefer a straight pin that has the very fine find head on it. This is a number 17 satin pin that you confined in most of your dressmaking supplies. These pans are used when we start designing and start putting our various pieces together. One last tool that I use regularly is my design board. And you can see I have collected a couple of different design boards over the years. You only need one. The thing with the design board is that it has a plastic top over it, and then this plastic top is indented. And this indention is where you will drop your curled papers into so that you will have a very even pedal or teardrop or anything that you're working with. If you need things like flower petals to be all the same, your design board will run you about $15. If you don't want to spend quite that much in the beginning, there is a ruler that you can purchase that also has the little circles that you can see do . Keep in mind, though, that you would only be able to create one pedal at a time. And as you see as I work through my future demonstrations, it's much easier to drop several coils and pick up those coils so that you're not picking up tools and dropping tools. If you don't have anything like this and you don't want to wait until you can get your Taurel on, I have also provided in my resource files a downloadable, temporary designed board that will help you and keeping your shapes more uniform. That's it for part one of your supplies. Understanding your tools. Now we're going to move on to Part two, where I discuss papers and glues and give you some other little tips and tricks. See you next video. 3. GYTO - Understanding Your Tools Part 2: welcome to quelling supplies Part two. In this video, I will be discussing the papers and glues that I use in creating my works of art. One of the things I say I appreciate different from me and the French nuns is that I do not have to make or cut my own paper. My paper can be purchased in the wits that I enjoy using. My standard go to with is the 1/8 inch with that you can see here. It's in beautiful colors. You can get it from several supplying houses that have all different types and colors, from variegated to two sided colors. Of course, Oliver wonderful solid colors are also available, and these come in little packets. They're very reasonably priced. I have enjoyed a time or two using my cutting machine and cutting some of my own paper, and that is because I had some wonderful good quality papers that I wanted to use in what I was creating. Now let's talk glue. I have had friends that use school go. They use different eileen glues. There's just so many glues out there on the market. The difference is that I find is that so many of the glues are either too watery or they might leave a terrible shine on your paper, and you do not want your project to be showing any of your glue. And so my go to glues are one that I get through Lake City crafts or I go to Hobby Lobby and I get so Bo now. Sobo Uh, like I said, can be purchased that hobby lobby. You might even already have it in the house because you'll find that is a very quick tack gloom. And that is what I want with my glues. I wanted to tack quickly. I wanted to dry, clear, and I need it to be flexible, so some of the other glues I mentioned quite often are not flexible whenever you go to bend your designs. One thing that I do enjoy about the Lake City glue is that you can purchase it with this wonderful dispenser needle. This is a very fine syringe type of needle that you can see that drops just the most finest drops of glue, because do keep in mind this is not kindergarten in glue goes a long way. If you do purchase this item. I do recommend that you get something to stored in upside down. You will see that mine is actually got an old sponge in it, and that sponge has gotten glue built upon in there. But if you do choose to use sobo, you can put a little of it on a piece of sticking out that you keep on your work surface. You can use any type of fine tool than to put the glue onto your work. You might find a little plastic container that you could put the glue into and then just use it out of there. One of the funnest things that I really use a lot is a basic tile. This really only has to be a non porous surface, so if you have a small glass plate or a little plastic played or something in that nature, that would do. Also. I really like thes small tiles because I own several of them, and I also use them sometimes in weighing down a design. When I have places that I feel like I need to put some weight on it is so that it can dry completely well, that's it. Now we're going to move on to our next video where you're gonna actually start learning how to get your Taurel on. 4. GYTO - Using Your Paper Stash: if you have some paper that you think would be a very pretty color to use in your quelling , I wanted to give you some tips and some pointers so that you can keep your eye out on some things. This right here is a green that I had in my scrapbook papers, and you can see that it's kind of a two tone color, and I really thought it would make a nice pattern in. When it's rolled into a teardrop, you can see that it's a very nice pattern. There turns out to be only one concern, this scrapbook paper, his white on the other side. So the color is on Lee on one side, and that's what you'll find in most of your scrapbook papers. Now, does that make a difference in twirling it? Yes, it does, because this is what you're going to be seeing whenever you make your pattern, your patterns are all laid down flat so that you see the coils that are going on. So even though I have used this paper in a couple of projects, I am cautious about where I use it at. Then I had this paper that is colored on both sides. How exciting. Right? I'll take a look right here at the end. Can you see that little white? That little white means that this paper is died on both sides. It is not saturated, which means the core is also white. So when you look at the paper and you think that that makes such a nice piece, then you turn it over and what you get, you get a lot of that white showing through. Now. I have also used this in some of my design work. But it is not a color that I would want to have all of my pedals made out of this last one over here. This is a good quality paper. This paper is not Onley colored that it is actually saturated. In other words, the dye is added in during the process, not after the papers made. And so what do you get when you have that you have a beautiful edge and you have a good, solid coil that you can then be using. So when you compare these three together here, you can see the differences there, all greens, which one looks the greenest 5. GYTO - Using a Needle Tool: welcome. In this very short video, I'm going to quickly demonstrate for you how you can start your quilting project even if you don't have all the tools. Because I said you might be surprised that somewhere in all the yard sale stuff you thought you may have a quilting tool that's an older tool and don't realize it. But anything that you have, whether it be a hatpin, whether it be this needle tool like I have here, any of those objects will be fine for starting your paper and getting that twirl going. I also have here some paper that I had cut on my cutting machine. You can see over here I have a toothpick and I have some of my glue in a plastic container with a lid. I've also printed off my sizer and I did take time to go ahead and cut out two of those areas. As you can see here also, you might wanna have a cloth on hand with just a little bit of a damp area. This will help keep the glue off of your fingers and away from your work. You can see here. I have already twirled up a few pieces to show you these air pieces that are the same size as faras length, so they're both approximately three inches in length. This one I trolled a little tighter, this one. It was a drier day yesterday, and when I twirled it yesterday, it expanded out wider. These air The examples why I like to use my sizer. That's going to make two different sized pedals for me when I need them toe uniforms. So let's get the twirling. The first thing that you need to know is there is a right side and wrong side to your paper . If you look at your paper closely, you can tell that there are some ridges on one side, but when you flip it over, there's a smoothness on that side, and so that is where the blades come down through and cut your paper in your machine. It does the same thing with the packet of papers that you buy because they use a laser cutting and the laser will cut right down through putting a smooth edge on one side. And then this rough edge here and this rough edge is what you want to roll into All right. So I'm going to dampen my fingers a little damp in that paper just a little bit. Also, because it's kind of a thick paper. I'm going to do what's called breaking it. I was gonna break it down here just a little bit. You're gonna take your tool, you're going to have to pinch so that you can get that started. See what I've done there. You can get that started on your tool, and then you just want to twirl your paper all the way to the end. And there is your first piece. Let's do that again. Break my paper. Damp in the end, I do have the wrong side here. There it is, on the wrong side. Right? And I'm going to twirl. Do you have to kind of hold it because it will get away from you this time? I'm going to use my little sizer and I'm gonna let that paper expand into the sizer. If you don't have good tweezers and you pick it up taking it very carefully, it will be very easy for you to change the size of this if you reach down and just grab it up like this, you could squeeze those coils. So you want to kind of pick it up from the side? And then I'm gonna take my glue and put just a damn here working on some teardrops and there is my shape. So that is your quilt shape once you've completed it. 6. GYTO Using Slotted Tool: Well, I don't know about you, but I'm ready to be passed all of this technical stuff and learn how to get much more alone . As you can see here, I have the card that we're going to be making. This is a reference card that you'll be able to keep on hand so that you will remember what the different shapes are and what their names are. And they'll also. It's a great reference where you can make it in a couple of different sizes. So I hope you've gone to the resource file and you have printed off your copy of the killing chart. If you haven't jet, push, pause and hurry over there and get it done because I'm just too excited to get started. Welcome back. Are you ready to learn how to twirl your paper? I just have so much fun doing this. This is about a three inch strip, and so I want you to tear you off some three and strips because that will be just the right size for you to learn how to twirl and yet not get too flustered with. It's a couple different ways that you can hold your paper. I have friends who hold their paper at the top of their fingers. Here, twirl a dab, you go. Me, I like a little more control. And I do want to do a quick reminder. Remember that there is a right and wrong side to your paper. This is the smooth side of my paper. I can kind of visually see the smooth edge here as where this is the wrong side of my paper . And I can kind of see that roughed up edge. Okay, so I like to play kind of like a little bunny game. Have a little bunny going up. Okay. The paper in my fingers slide my tool down to the bottom. What I'm doing is I'm pinching this paper and rolling just lightly. And that helps lock that paper down. And then hi, Jazz roulette. Rule it, Robot. Keep those papers, Roland, push it off. And there's my piece. Here's a piece of paper. Wrong side going here. Another thing I forgot to mention is how you hold your tool. This is not a pencil. Do not hold your tool like a pencil. This is a wrench. Grab a hold of that puppy. like you do a wrench holding it between your fingers. Here, I'm gonna slide that paper down over my tool. Give it a little bit of a pinch toe, lock it down and then I'm going to twirl, twirl, twirl away from the stream. Okay, here we go. They're gives my shape. These are all some very good examples as to why I like to use my design board. Because if I have four inches pieces of paper and sometimes I hold it too tight and sometimes I don't hold it tight enough, then they're all going to be different sizes whenever they expand. But if I drop them into my design board, then they're going toe all expand to the exact same size to give me uniformity. Now, I want you to stop, and I want you to play around with some different lengths. As you can see here, I have a four inch piece of paper that I have twirled and let it expand. Have a six inch piece of paper and I have an eight inch piece of paper. So that gives you a good visual of what sizes you can expect to get out of your different links of pieces of paper before moving on to the next lesson. Take some time to get comfortable with your tool and enjoy practicing. How to get your Taurel on, keep those papers rolling. 7. GYTO - 12 Basic Shapes Part 1: in following our guide here. One of the first shapes that starts all these other shapes is called your tight circle. And so we put our tool on bring it down to the end hair get it started at Spin it up here before we take it off. Gonna take Carlo handy. Dandy glue. We're going to glue the end of it. Remember, less is more. We're going to Tora like now we're going to push this off. That makes our tight circle. Now, the very top of it is actually kind of boat up just a little bit. But if you take your tool and just run it gently over the top of it back and forth, you'll smooth it out to where it looks really nice. That is the beginning step of all of your twirls is your tight circle. The only difference between the tight circle The loose circle. The loose scroll is that you blew the tight circle down before you take it off of the tool so that you have this shape going on. Okay, okay. Push it off. Let it expand. Take my glue. Right now we're looking at a loose circle by gluing that down. Push it. Don't squeeze. It will change the size of it. Just push it down. We're going to take a little bit of our glue right across the middle of it. Here. We're going to place it on our chart. There is our loose circle. I know how to do our tight circle. We've made a loose circle. We're going to make another loose circle here. A little bit of glue as I glue it down. Gonna pull that center over just a little bit and I'm going to pinch. And that pinch is going to make the teardrop. The next one I'm going to make is the Marquis. A little bit of glue. I'm going to make my loose circle. Once it's glued down, I'm going to pinch both sides pension. Both sides will make this marquee shape Add a little blue, put it on my work board and there is my marquee. One more here. Damn to my loose circle. This time I'm going to take it and I'm going to push right down the middle to make my bunny here. This next shape I'm going to make remember we have our loose circle. Remember that Marquis. Well, we pinched both sides. Then I'm going to turn it and I'm gonna pinch it again. And that will make our square. We have one more shape for we move on to the other ones here. Keep those papers rolling. Okay? Now, instead of doing anything with this, I am just simply going to glue the bottom of this in place it on my chart. And because I did not glue the tail down, I left it open. We now have a loose scroll. So that's it for the first half of our board. 8. GYTO - 12 Basic Shapes Part 2: Now let's get started on working on our scrolls. I have my three inch piece of paper here. The first thing that we're going to make is we're going to make the open heart. Basically, we will take our piece of paper and we'll fold it in half to make the V. Ok, then we're going to take our tool and we're going to roll down RV as faras. We want to go there, but it expand. Come to the other side, down expand. And there we have are open heart. The next shape that we're looking at is called the Fee scroll. And with the V scroll, it's basically like your open heart. Only we're gonna scroll to the outside paper on roll it down, turn it over it down again where it looks like the letter V open heart we tour of in V scroll. We twirled out. I bet you can guess the next one we're going to do now is an escrow. And usually what I do is I will put a very soft bend. I don't wanna crease because that'll affect the look. But a little soft bend will give me an idea of how far to scroll. And so I'm going to scroll this down now. Right inside. Right on. Wrong side papers don't matter. In this and a scroll to that slight band Push it off! So I have but can also be used as an intended. But I'm going to flip it around. Scroll is now on the bottom here but my paper on my tool Roll it out I'm scrolling the opposite side and that gives me my F scroll. Last girl we're gonna work on is called the Sea Scroll. So again, I'm gonna be just a light. Little been so I know where it's at this time, instead of twirling opposite direction, whirl it down into the center, flip it over, keeping it up on the right side there, twirling it down into the center again. And that will give us R C school. Our next shape is going to be our spiral. Now, this is one of those shapes that to do it The official North American Quilting Guild accepted way doesn't work for me. So I've had a hard time with it. This one. I have found that if I do break the paper a little bit more. It does help, but basically with a toothpick I will start my rule and then turn it way down. Keep that angle going. So you got your paper on your toothpick and when you pull it off, you have your spiral. Spirals can be a lot of fun to use for fillers and things and flowers. There you go. You have now finished part two of learning the 12 basic shapes of Quillin. Here's to get your twirl on. 9. GYTO Magical Gluing Tip & Bonus: when last thing I want to share with you was a tip on helping you to glue down your scrolls are scrolls can be a little more difficult because you need to get that glue down on the end down here also. So I'm going to put just a little bit of glue on my tiles, and I'm going to pat my shape into that glue. And as you can see, we now have an even spread of glue all the way around. On that shape. Do the same thing with RV scroll here, just tapping down in the glue. One more piece in a previous video also talked about how you could just scroll down one side of your piece, and then this makes a very nice filler when it comes to bushes, the ends of flowers There's just lots of things you can do with it, but getting that glue on that edge can be very difficult. So I'll tap my glue here, and then I just tap it all the way through, and that gets me my glue on my edge. Sit down as far as cleaning off, you can go ahead and wiped the glue off you can soak it off also, quite often I will let it dry of it, and then I'll take a little scraper to it and that will prepare it for the next use. I appreciate your hanging out with me as we learned how to get your twirl on. I also have a bonus pattern for you at the end of the video, so hang in there.