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Paper Quilling: Quilled Florals

Callie Mac Design, Handmade in Portland, OR

Paper Quilling: Quilled Florals

Callie Mac Design, Handmade in Portland, OR

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9 Lessons (34m)
    • 1. Intro Trailer

    • 2. Quilling Overview

    • 3. Materials

    • 4. First Steps: Shapes

    • 5. Next Steps: Adding More Colors

    • 6. Ornate Leaf Technique

    • 7. Work Time

    • 8. Arranging and Gluing

    • 9. Finishing Touches

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About This Class

Get your twirl on!

This class will teach different ways of making an ornate floral design using basic paper quilling techniques and shapes. The florals can be used for cards, scrap booking, frames, invitations, all sorts of things! Whatever you want to put a 3D flower on, you can! 

We will learn how to quill the paper using a slot tool, how to form circular, eye, and teardrop shapes, and how to wrap paper to add layer in design and color. Paper quilling is a low-start up cost hobby and can be taken anywhere. You will soon be addicted to rolling these small strips of paper and arranging them into all kinds of designs!  

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Callie Mac Design

Handmade in Portland, OR


Hi All! I am Callie, the artist behind Callie Mac Design. I love all things DIY and craft-related though I specialize in wood burning (pyrography) and weaving. You can always find me in my studio trying something new! At this point I have tried resin art, wood burning, paper quilling, cement and mixed media, weaving, macrame... you name it, I probably have tried it.

When I am not creating in my studio, I enjoy teaching in person and online. During weekdays, I work in education as a school counselor. My goal is to help others find in life what art has been for me: a place for stress-free experimentation, making and learning from mistakes, and finding pride and confidence in one's ideas and achievements.

Visit my shop at Callie Mac Design and follow me on Instagram @calliema... See full profile

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1. Intro Trailer: Hi, everyone. And welcome to paper quilt, floral designs. I am Cowie and I'm the artist and educator behind Callie Mack Design. And today I'm gonna be teaching you how to make your very own paper quelled flower. So I'm gonna be teaching you about some of my favorite tools and tips and tricks and techniques that will help you build your very own masterpiece. And then in our project, we're gonna be putting that paper quote flower onto a greeting card. So you're gonna be making something kind of like this in your class project. We're gonna be using some beginner shapes, but we're also going to be using some more advanced techniques. So if you've had some paper quelling experience before, hopefully you'll learn something new. And if you're a beginner, we are gonna be going over some of the foundational shapes in paper quelling. So this class hopefully has something for everyone. And at the end, you're gonna have this beautiful flower that you can then attached to a greeting card, a trend get box of scrapbook or anything else that you'd like to attach it to. So let's get started 2. Quilling Overview: so I wanted to start by giving you just a introduction to what paper quelling is if you've never heard of it before. Or maybe you've heard of it, but you don't know too much about it. So paperwork willing is also called paper filigree. And it's characterized by beautiful circles that create shapes and designs within whatever Quil masterpiece you're making. So you'll see that in the circles and shape that we're making today, you're still trying to preserve all of that filigree. Look the intricate circles within all of the shapes and weak willing it's been used over a long, long time. Ah, lot of times on things like books, um, as an accent. Tow books. You can use it in multimedia projects and add the quilt on top of painted piece. Possibly, um, it's often used in cards. Right now, it's pretty popular for cards, but you can also use it to decorate picture frames or drink of boxes or anything like that . So when we're thinking about paper quelling were really thinking about those shapes that you can make using those intricate circles that you're twirling And there's really only one technique that you're using is twirling. But then you also fold and pinch and glue and a range, and sometimes you're looping and things like that, so there's a little bit more kind of movement to the paper. But I'm gonna go over the materials. You'll need the tools that you're gonna use, and then we'll get started on our project. 3. Materials: So I'm going to start by going over some of the materials that you're gonna want in order to complete this project. One thing that you're definitely going to need is the basic willing tool, which is called the slot tool. It looks like this and it's got this tiny little slot at that metal tip right there. It's kind of hard to see, so I have a bigger one for you just so you can see that little slot. Now, this big one is used for many pieces of paper to go in there at one time to Touro many different colors, but your basic one just holds one single strip of paper. So this is your basic tool that you're going to use next. You're gonna need some sort of glue because you're gonna be gluing these shapes together and then gluing it on to your final project. Now, the glue that you're gonna want you're gonna need that some sort of precision tip on that glue bottle that will help you not get glue everywhere. And then I recommend using wood glue. Wood glue does not dry, clear. It does dry. The color would. So you want to make sure that you're not getting glue all over the place, but would glue specifically dry a super fast and holds really strong really fast. So you'll notice that you don't have to hold the shape while the glue is drying, which is really nice. So I recommend wood glue. But if you have another glue in mind, then it's totally fine. If you want to choose your own kind of product, you do want to make sure that you have some sort of precision TEPCO, so you'll need a slot tool. You'll need a glue bottle with a precision tip. Another thing that you might want. Thes tire kind of optional, but definitely help you scissors toe hope. Cut your pieces of paper if you're gonna use smaller strips and then also tweezers toe help . Place your shapes once you get them done, because you don't want to squish them with your fingers so those things can be helpful. But they're optional, and the paper that you're gonna use now you can get strips of paper that are already pre made, or you could make your own. It just takes a lot of work, and you might need a paper cutter in order to do that. So I actually get these strips of paper and they come in a lot of different sizes. The size right here is a three millimeter width, the size right here. The pink is a five millimeter with, and then the red right here is a seven millimeter with. There is also a 10 but the 10 millimeter with is actually quite wide, so these three are some different wits that you could try out. Now I recommend starting with the five, or maybe this seven, because these are easier to work with. The three tends to be a little bit more dainty, and so it's more easily squished. So if your hands aren't used to all of the movement, so sometimes this can mean that you're wrecking more shapes. But with these heftier wits, these ones here, the five in the seven you'll probably be able to get some night shapes out of that as you get used to the different technique. So these are different strips of paper. If you are using strips of paper from home, you're gonna want a paper that's a little bit heavier than your basic printer paper because you want to make sure that it holds that shape well on printer paper is just a little bit too flimsy. You don't want anything quite like card stock either, because that's a little too heavy. And the swirl within your twirling I won't be super smooth. So you want to get kind of a medium white paper that will help you make a nice, smooth circle, but that also will hold that shape and won't squish when you're trying to pinch or glue anything. Lastly, you're gonna need something to put your design on today, so I'm gonna be doing a greeting card. But if you don't have any cards at home where you want to do something a little bit different, you could do like a little gift tag of some sort. Or maybe you have a trinket box or a picture frame that you'd like to put that flower on or even a scrapbook, Right, So you can kind of pick whatever you want to put this flower on. We're just gonna be building the flour and then gluing it on to something at the end toe. Have a final product. So those are the things that you're gonna need. You definitely need some sort of slot tool. You definitely need to some glue and you definitely need some strips. The rest of those are all kind of optional, but definitely help the process. 4. First Steps: Shapes: Okay, so we're gonna start with some basic shapes that will help us build our florals. We're going to do some pretty basic shapes that are kind of the foundations of most of your paper quelling shapes. And then a little bit later, we're going to go over some techniques that help you add some color. So I'm going to start with just a basic strip, just a practice color, and I have my slot tool here, and then you're gonna want your glue ready. You first put that piece of paper into the slot from that tiny little slot there. You're gonna want to put your paper in there and then bring it all the way to the end. Once you're there, you're then going to roll the paper. And I always roll towards myself, trying to get the paper to just go straight on to the paper that's feeding it. You don't want it to go off to the left or to the right. You want to go as straight as possible. So I often use my pointer finger and my thumb to try to anger that paper. So I'm gonna roll it all the way down and Then once you're done, you're gonna to kind of take it off your tool. I use my thumb now because of the easiest, but you might just be able to pull it off. If you're using a bunch of tension when you're rolling, you might find that it sticks to your to a little bit more, and that's a good indication that you need to use a little bit less tension. I'm gonna put a little bit of glue at the end here because we want to close off the shape. My glue. It's getting a little bit dry end. You might find that the precision tips get clogged a little bit more, so you might want some sort of pin or something. All right, so I'm going to close off. Hold it until I know that it's ready and kind of white. That glue on there, you're going to notice you get some money fingers. That's just how it goes. And there's my first shape, just a condensed circle. So that's gonna be the building block of all the rest of the shapes. That's our step. One is going to be this shape here next. One step, too. We're gonna do the same thing. So all the way to the end and roll. All right, so here we go. There's my circle. I'm gonna flatten it out a little bit, just pinching it together, and then I'm going to use my thumb and forefinger to control how much it's expanding. And that looks pretty good. If you're trying to match with an already formed circle, what you can do is put them together and use this as your model. So that one that I made is just slightly bigger. So I'm gonna pull it and rewrap, And now it's about the same. Okay, so it can be a good model for trying to get ah, uniform shape, which might be helpful as you start to make different pedals. There we go, Holden, until the glue starts holding by itself. And there we go. There's our step to our second shape. Yeah. Okay, so we have our condensed circle, and then these air are expanded circles. And like I said, that was stepped to do so. These are building block. We're gonna go here, and then we're gonna build another shape and next shape. Okay, so you can tell that this glue hasn't quite held yet. So that's why we always fold on the seams is that it helps reinforce that glue. So I'm gonna do my first bit of pinching. We're right here at the expanded circle. You wanted to make sure that these inner circle Zara's preserved as possible as you start pinching the paper. So I'm gonna move those out of the way. And I have my steam right here where those two piece of paper meat and I'm going to pinch all of the paper. That's kind of their preserving these inner ones, cause I'm holding those away. I'm going to pinch right there, right on that seem. And now I have a teardrop. Okay, so you have those inner circles to any of those a nice and then you have that pinch, which makes it a teardrop. Now, you could make this a pedal, right? And just have a bunch of these around one of those first circles, or you can do another shape pedal, which I'm gonna show you now. So we're working in steps and step one. Step two. Step three. We're gonna go on to step four, right? So I'm gonna let it expand because that's my step two. I'm going to glue it going toe. Hold it so that it stays. I'm going to move this out of the way so I can pinch. Okay, so now I'm at step three, we have another to drop. And now that I have to them, you can kind of see what it would look like as pedals. Right. So those those those could be really pretty. Or you can you have this pinch here? You don't move this out of the way over to the other side, and you're going to pinch here on the opposite side. So now you have kind of an eye, and that can be another petal shape. Okay, so there's one last shape that I want to show you, because this is one that we might be using in our flowers. I'm gonna go all the way to the end again, and I'm gonna roll. So right now we have that condense circle, the expanded circle, the teardrop and what I call in eyes. This last one forms kind of like, ah, heart. And this is one that is really fun to use when you're trying to add a lot of different kinds of colors into your pedals. So let's just expand glued up and hold it for a little bit. Just so we know that that glues holding is that we're following the same kind of step process we're gonna get to that teardrop some of those out of the way. I'm pinching right at that scene. Okay? So were added to your drum. We are going to now, just like we did with the eye, but a little bit different. We're going to move this over to where we just pinched. And instead of pinching out like this where we did for the I were going to pinch in. So we're gonna push this in and then pull these towards that pinch. So we're now kind of pinching this into a heart shape. Okay, You're still trying to preserve those inner ones as much as possible, but you're now getting this kind of heart shape. Okay, so this is great, because you can start to know layer some of your shapes. You can, even if this is a little bit too thin and narrow, you can even kind of fatten it out a little bit, right by pressing it like that. Hey, or if you have one of these expanded circles, you can move this out of the way and pinch and doing just like the eye, but kind of like 1/2 moon shape. You can pinch the other side, making it a little bit more round, so it's a little bit more like 1/2 moon, and then you can also use that as a shape that will help layer. Great. So these are gonna be your basic shapes. You have your stuff. One step, two step three step for this is a different kind of step for and then this is another kind of step floor. So all different kinds of things that you can try try these shapes out. Always remember to start here, do some practice ones, and then when you're feeling like you're ready, pick the colors that you want for your florals, and we'll be ready to go with some more techniques 5. Next Steps: Adding More Colors: Okay, so I want to show you some more advanced techniques using your shapes to try to add some more color and depth to your designs. We're gonna start with these and then I brought another color in just to show you the wrapping technique. When we think about how we build shapes together, you're gonna want to do some kind of geometric thinking on what works best with each other . So I'm gonna start by taking one of these hearts and one of these eyes, and I'm gonna put these together. And then in order to do that, I'm going to now wrap it with a new color. And these colors don't go super well together. Likely. If you're building a flower, you might use different shades of the same color or maybe some complementary colors. But I just wanted three different colors so you could actually see what this was looking like. Now, once you start the wrapping technique, you're going to only need to really glue on the first and the last layer of the raps. I'm gonna put a little bit of glue there, and I'm going to now wrap this around that whole shape kind of reinforcing the pinches where those originally where, And I'm gonna try to pull this tight. So those two shapes are nicely fitted in there. And I'm going to keep wrapping it and keep rapping in another color. That looks really good in wrapping is white because then you can get and of a pop of color on the inside of a pedal and then a nice color as an outline. So there is an example of what a pedal can look like. You have your heart shape, then you have an eye on top of it. And then now you've wrapped this purple. Like I said, the last layer will need some glue. So I'm just gonna put a little bit of glue here. And Holt, great. If yours doesn't come as like a natural scene minded pretty well. But if yours doesn't come that way, you can always cut it at a point that you think is a natural scene. So there is one example of a pedal, and then you can use something like this as the center or something like this as the center . Another way that you can start toe layer designs is if you'd taken. I you can put your slot tool back in and then kind of unwind it a little bit. So you have a little bit more of a hole in there and then depending on how big that's not big enough, depending on how big your circle is that you're making Gonna have to do a little bit more. You can probably start to fit one of these condensed circles in there, things that now it really looks like an eye with, like, a people. But if you use some nice colors that can also give you some more depth, I'm going to wrap some purple around this one. So another type of pills. So you really thinking about which shapes you have that go well together, and then when you're going to start making those shapes, you're going to try to make them a similar in size as possible. That's why I showed you that trick where you have both of them in between your two fingers , that's the best. So different kinds of pedals. Lastly, you can I have seen good dio two of these, like half moon shapes. Okay, I'm gonna do to half moon shapes, then I'm gonna convert this one into an I. You know, one thing you could do is start off with just a bunch of expanded circles and then kind of go from there. So I'd now put to half moon shapes with that in her eye, and I'm going to wrap this on, then hear this kind of creates, like, a weird flap. So I'm gonna glue this and hold it, and then I'm gonna end up. You could cut or just a ramp, and I'm gonna make that a little bit less. Have a weird flap. OK, so we have three different kinds of pedals. We have that one. You have that one, and then we have that one. Great. So this is the wrapping technique, and then some techniques around how you build different petal shapes using those basic shapes that you already know 6. Ornate Leaf Technique: The last thing that I really want to take you before we start arranging our designs is how to build a nice leaf. So you're going to start by making just a loop? There's not any twirling really involved in this. It's more fixing and folding. So you're going to start with just a loop when you're here? I turn it over a bunch when I'm making these. Just because I work wet Well, on my right. But im gonna pinch around the bottom. So that loop is now on the inside of the pinch. I'm gonna pinch there, and then I'm gonna make another loop a little bit shorter than that one, okay? And then I'm gonna pinch again so that the inner part is included in that pinch. And then I'm gonna make a matching loop over here on this side when that matches that one that I just made. And then I'm gonna pinch again down here, and then I'm gonna make a tiny little loop. Can you just this moment pinch down here? So you're just pinching in the same spot. It's a nice anchor toe. Hold it in. Nice, tiny little loop and pinch again and then here you're using the wrapping. So you're gonna wrap all around those loops that you just made. You don't make it too tight, but you can just kind of even out. You don't want too many gaps. Okay, so this is what my life is looking like, and then I have all this extra stuff, so I'm just gonna wrap it around and around and around, and I'm gonna glue that last layer. So there we go. Here's a nice little leaf. No, that's a weird flat. Take that one off. Like I said before, if you're a scissors kind of person, you can use scissors. Sometimes I just rip it. That's a nice little leaf. Once you have this design, you can then maybe take another color green with this, my collider green, and you can wrap it again. You could even do that same technique of the loops, using two different kinds of greens so that you have two different layers of different colors of green. So all different types of things that you can do Luckily with paper Quillin, you don't need to be too gentle once you have a lot of layers on there But if you notice that your shape is doing something odd and you don't like how it's starting out anymore, you can always just redo it. It's one nice thing about this is that it's pretty easy to just start on another shape if you feel like the one that you're working on isn't looking like what you want. So there is the next week, and you might notice that flap looks kind of funky. So if you want to, you can go say, Well, I'd rather glue over here instead and then take off. That's what. So that it's a nice seem at the bottom. Okay, so there is a leaf. Now you can use of relief where you could use up for a pedal. You'll notice that it has that same pedal shape. Here's one in a darker green with the lighter green on top. So all different kinds of things. You can use this as different kinds of leaves when you're pedals air here, all right, we'll just put all of my different kinds of things that I built. So maybe here is my flower, and here's some leagues coming off of it, or however you want to arrange them, but really up to you and just think about what colors you'd want to use. You can do different shades, or you could do complimentary and then start to make some of these shapes. And then when we have all of those put together and we'll start to arrange. 7. Work Time: 8. Arranging and Gluing: all right, so we are done making all of our shapes, and it is time to start arranging them. So you'll notice that on some of my shapes I've done a little heart and an eye, and then I've wrapped it in a couple of different colors so you can see that you can wrap as much as you want and try to layer those colors as much as you want. And then I've made a couple more leaves toe accent that. So I'm gonna start by finding kind of the middle. You'll see that on some of your shapes. There's one side that looks a little bit better than others. And then I'm gonna stir arranging thes into what I think is going to look good. So I'm gonna try to evenly spaced thes as you're working on paper quilt designs. You want to make sure that you're not gluing anything down until you're totally done. I've given some examples up here of some different ways that you could accent thes or lay them out. You'll notice that some of these have some accents on them, like little pearls. That's always an option. If you don't want to use the shapes that you've already made. So if I start making the leaves, this is going to get in the way. So this is why we don't glue yet Because I need to make sure that I'm doing this in a way where all the shapes are gonna fit and look natural together. Great. So that's more or less what? I'm gonna make it look like if I wanted to, I could do leaves kind of all over the place like that, But I don't really like that. So I'm gonna try to do release an accent, that flower so has your gluing. When you're ready and you've arranged your design and you like how it looks, you're gonna start gluing now. Some tips about gluing is that these ones are easy because these shapes are pretty condensed. But some of these like these leaves, you're gonna want to glue around the edges because that's where the paper is. Theme. Most condensed. You don't want to do it in these open shapes because then you get globs of glue that you can see. So I'm gonna start with my middle because that's what I'm building around. Gonna put some glue on here. Okay. If you have some tweezers and you want to use something like that, you can that will help. You just kind of drop it where you want it. Okay, Impress it on. So a couple things about making your shapes, you might need to make extra before you're arranging the design. Just because it's sometimes it's hard to know how many you'll need. Actually, I had two extra of these open circles because I thought I was going to need more pedals than I actually ended up meeting. So just a za thought issue can always make more shapes. And then I don't make two of the same thing with the extras, or you can just recycle them. But it's better to have more than less, especially when you're using circles where maybe not all of them are the complete seem sighs. So you have a couple to pick from. Okay, so they're my full hour. It is on my card. That's what it looks like. And now I'm going to put those leads on so I could also do this way you'll probably just find a preference as to what you think looks best Card opens this way. And I think for me this way makes the most sense to my eye. Probably like that. All right, so there we go. 9. Finishing Touches: All right, so we are Alta and that's our final product. And hopefully you ended up with just a card that you are so proud of. This is just one thing that's gonna totally wow or surprise whoever you end up sending it to as a special occasion or justice. And I'm thinking of you card whenever you want. Um, so just one note about sending these in the mail since they stick up from the card a little bit, it's important that you send them in a more of a box rather than just an envelope, because sometimes the card sorter can flatten them. So just something to keep in mind. Feel free to accent it with any sort of other products. If you have those pearls or even Ryan stones, you can always add something like that if you want a little bit more glam to it. But otherwise I hope you are so proud of your creation. I hope you enjoyed paper cooling. Andi, I hope that you tried out with a couple more designs. Keep making those florals, keep making them shapes, and it'll end up coming pretty naturally to you. If you don't mind, I would love to see a picture of what you create. So at the end of this lesson, you can upload a picture of your project Andan. I can see what you create it. So I would love to see any pictures that you want upload. And again, I hope you had fun taking this class. And I hope you have fun quelling good luck.