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Quilling 101: Simple Paper Flowers

teacher avatar Katherine Young, Designer & Artist

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6 Lessons (26m)
    • 1. Quilling Intro Video

    • 2. Recommended Supplies

    • 3. 1. Cinnamon Roll Flower

    • 4. 2. Messy Swirl Flower

    • 5. 3. Most Realistic Flower

    • 6. Embellishments & Arranging

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In this class we will learn how to create three types of quilled paper flowers. We will combine them on a blank sampler card that you can give family and friends!

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Katherine Young

Designer & Artist


Artist, geek, rocker chick, and believer in fairy tales.

I love trying new things and gaining new skills. I have been a professional designer for over 10 years, I teach community education classes, and love the skillshare community.

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1. Quilling Intro Video: Hi, My name is Catherine. I'm an artist and designer who loves everything. Paper. I teach community education classes featuring quickly. And I even have a quote piece of artwork and the dizzy archives. Today we're gonna focus on three simple flowers. The reason in love to teach flowers first is because they really give you more bang for your buck. Join me for this quick and easy claps and learn how to make flowers that I'll bring dimension to your next piece. 2. Recommended Supplies: in today's class, we're going to create a car very similar to this one. We're going to do three different types of quote flowers, and then we're also gonna work on some extras to make it really popped and make it look professional. For this class, you're gonna need some type of glue. This is glue that I love. I love that it doesn't make paper pucker. However, you can use any who you want. I just recommend one that dries clear in the old city. Uh, finally, a purpose for old cities, right? You're gonna use this to do some sizing for part of the project, and it's a great place to put glue on this pack of six blank cards. I thought at Michael's Craft store it was only a dollar 50 and we're going to use these cartons for profit. You will need a scissors. It does not have to be a small scissors. This is the one I'm using today. A pencil to do some sketching on paper, and the one specialty tool we will use today is a slot and willing tool. You can get these very inexpensively online, and I will put links below on where you purchase this. However, there are alternatives. If you don't want to buy this for the project you can use to fix to fix our work pretty well for spinning the paper. You could also use pins. Pins will also do the same. However, just for purposes of this class, I will be using the quelling tool. It's easier to see what my hands are doing versus any of these other options. Other enemies that you'll need from this project are just some different colored papers. I really like scrapbook paper, but you can use any kind of paper. One. The only thing I do warn about its nature the paper has about the thickness of printer paper. Anything thicker, it's gonna be card for you to twirl. Also, another one of my favorite things to use, Ink Willing is using sheet music. I think it looks beautiful. Um, and it gives it that one of the vented G kind of feel also included in this course below will be this template, and we're gonna use that to $3 for hours 3. 1. Cinnamon Roll Flower: So the first flower we're gonna work on is the one I have named cinnamon roll right here. We're going to do the middle size. There's also a small and large the middle size, I think works great on the cards smaller you can use for more intricate works later on and the larger you can use for everyone. Now that I've cut the entire flower out, it should kind of be like a spiral. So you're gonna cut every single line out? Don't worry. If you can't get that little type part, it's OK. Now I'm gonna take this and I'm gonna just choose one of my beautiful color papers and I'm gonna trace this pattern. However, I'm going to do it on the back so you don't see my pencil lines. Make sure you trace the entire thing, including all little inside spikes. Once you have the entire pattern traced out, you're going to cut this one out and this is gonna be the actual flour. And remember, it's on the back side of a pretty paper. Once you have this piece entirely cut out, you're gonna do the spinning for. You can do this with the toothpicks or the needle. I am going to use the twinning tool because it's easiest to see what I'm doing. Remember our back? It has all those Pentagon pencil marks. It doesn't matter. You won't see them to start pulling. You start with this very small pointed end. When you look at this, you think that this is gonna be the outside, but it's quite the opposite. This is going to be the centre flower, so you need to put it into the little slot of the cooling tool I usually spend with the bright, pretty part of the paper facing me. That's how I always know that I'm doing it in the right direction. What you see on your school here should be back when you get all the way to the end. Don't worry. If you know you feel like you can't get that hole and peace. That's okay. Now pull it off, then. There you have the basis of your flower. Usually, when I do a calling project, I will do all the same steps at one time. I will do all that kind of together all the spinning together and all the gluing together. But for the purpose of this video. We're gonna do this flower all the way to the end with gluing, and we'll do that for each flower. But just to save on mess, I would recommend you do all the blooming at the same time. The under side, you can see all our little pen marks. And when I clue in the back of a flower and definitely not shy about using tons of blue, you kind of want to get a little glue on every single piece of that circle because you really want the flower to stay. Then take this piece and that becomes my flat water. If you hold the flower between your fingers for a few seconds like this, it will same place when you and that's your first flower. 4. 2. Messy Swirl Flower: the next phone we're gonna work on, I call the messy Swirl Flower. We're gonna do the exact same thing we did before and start with cutting out the entire once you're done cutting out your entire pattern, we're going to do justice before everything. Trace this pattern onto the paper of choice. Don't worry about whether you cut this one perfects. I am definitely a perfectionist, But I can tell you this kind of flower doesn't matter if it's perfect. I've decided to put this on sheet music when I trace on sheet music. Unlike the other color paper, I like to find a part that I really think the notes like Cool. So I kind of think the notes that good and right about this area. So when I trace it, I'm gonna flip it over the back and just try to put it in there. Once you're done tracing your full pattern onto this paper, it's time to cut it out. Now that you have your peacefully cut out, we're going to spend it just like before. This is the side with the pencil sketches. So I want that to be the back of my flower. So I'm gonna flip it over so I can see the pretty side. I'm gonna put the paper into the thought of Quilliam and start spinning just like before. And you can see on the tool that pencil is on the outside, which is correct. Then you won't see it when you make your final flower. I've seen many people spin different ways than me. I think it's kind of just what you get used to and what you're comfortable with. And don't worry if the way you do it doesn't look like me. This is just what works for you. Once you get almost all the way to the end, it's time to pull. And that's your next. Just like before, we're now going to glue the back of this flower. Also another tip. The tighter you spin it, the smaller you're far is gonna be the looser you spend it. The flower will be slightly larger sometimes when I don't like the size. The follower and I wanted to be bigger and let it set for a while. The farm will open on it's cold. You'll get the hang of this. As you keep going, you'll start understanding the tension that you should keep on the cloning tool in the flower. Just like before. I'm gonna use lots and lots of glue. You want to get glue on every little layer and then right here on the bottom two and then hold the flower like this between my fingers for a few seconds. When I let go, five will stay. 5. 3. Most Realistic Flower: the last far we're going to do here is the most realistic flower. This one is going to take a little finesse cutting and spinning to get it to work. That's why we saved this one for last. Once you have the entire pattern completely cut out, you're gonna trace it on another piece of paper again. Don't worry if it isn't quite perfect, there's definitely room for error. Still look great. I've decided to do my last barber on this really fun and scrapbook paper. I like the colors over here or over here. Yeah, I think I really like the colors over here, So I'm gonna try to trace on the back, so I get that fun. Papa, break once you have your pattern completely traits, you're ready to cut it out. E think I did pretty good. I think we're gonna get some pot clinches of that break now that you've got your pattern all cut out. See how pretty that looks? Some cops, a peak. Here's our back with all the ones. And just as before now we're going to spin this. So this is the front of the pretty side the side that I want Now this flower does take a little more. Finance was spinning. It's really something. As you go, you will kind of understand how you have to be a little looser when you spin this because of these gaps all the way around, you will have to be looser. You can see how there are my my marks, and you can kind of see how it's kind of a bigger flower around the tool than before. It's because I have the up and down of all those pretty Kyle's, and I am spending at slightly looser before this'll Flower is gonna be the most realistic looking of all three. However, because of that realistic look and the ups and downs, it's going to be the hardest to glue. I kind of get messing with this one, but the glue dries clear. It doesn't really matter when you flip it over to do the ruling. You can kind of see what I mean. You can see how their pieces jetting out those pieces. You really need to get glue on so that it stays. I put as much on as possible. It really tried to get into all the little cracks and crevices on all the different layers . It's messy. Glue is gonna dry Clear now, when I push this one down, you will feel when you put it between your fingers circle that you will feel that it won't quite feel like the other ones. It doesn't feel as solid. It doesn't feel a stationary. It's got a lot more wiggle room, so you might want to hold it a little bit longer than the other ones. Just to make sure you got it nice and secure, there is your final flower. 6. Embellishments & Arranging: Now we're gonna work on embellishments. One thing flowers all need are some pretty leaves. We're going to do the medium size leaves here. You really only need to cut one out, even though I'm gonna make a couple of leaves. Make sure to cut that slit. That's important. That will give your leaves dimension. Someone take my pretty yellow caper. And just as the same with the flower patterns I am going, Teoh, take the leaves and I'm gonna trace it on here. And I'm gonna cut the pattern Now that you've got your leave cut out. The most important part is that center little cut there that goes about halfway through the leaf. That is what's going to give your leave the dimension it needs to really look, riel. Put a little glue on one side of the slit and you're gonna cross the two pieces over kind of like a fish tale and hold it. That is your finished leave. It's got a little bit of dimension. And don't worry about the fish tail pieces. You're going to hide that under a flower. The next little accent piece we're gonna make I call a miniature horn. I don't really know what else to call it. When you see it, maybe we'll have a better before. Traditional quilting strips are 1/8 of an inch and they come impacts like this a Z you can see this pack has over 100 strips. So that's a lot of killing. You can dio you can buy these strips, but for this project, you don't need it. We're gonna make our own strip and it doesn't have to be perfect either. I'm gonna cut at roughly 1/8 of an inch. Don't worry if it's not perfect and there we have it. We made our own clearing strip. Now that I have my little homemade quelling strip, I'm gonna put it in the slot of the tool. But unlike the flowers, I am going to spin this so that the bright color is on the outside to make the horn. As I go out, I slightly pull up each layer so you can kind of see, like layer, layer layer, kind of like tree the tree rings. This is going to create kind of a cornucopia type shape where the top is going to be larger than the bottom. Also, unlike the flowers, I am holding this very taut. I am not letting it have any wiggle room. And I'm going to glue it while it's on the cooling tool which we did not do with flowers. Put a little glue on the end and I'm gonna hold it because I want to make sure that it holds itself together. When I go to pull it off, I kind of cradle it with both fingers and there you have it kind of looks like a little unicorn horn. It looks really good with flowers. It kind of looks like a little flower. But for our next little accent piece, we're going to make kind of like a fun occur like you were just gonna make our own quelling this trip yet again. However, in musical notes, I do really like to show notes versus just the white paper. So when I coming strip, I'm gonna cut it more up here so that you can see the fund notes. So for this piece, we're going Teoh again spin with the pretty paper facing out toward the main paper. So I want to be able to see the notes facing outwards. I'm not pulling up like with the horn? Not just yet. I'm spinning it just straight on. I'm keeping it taught all the way to the end. So now that you have this top top little kind of looks like a little button, you're gonna do something that makes your craft. Erhardt. Klinger, you were gonna pull out and before you scream Oh, no. You ruined it. Make sure you pull a little bit tight so that it holds. That's and we're going to use that as an accent on your card. So for our last little accent piece, we're gonna dio a traditional quote spiral. We're going to use that CD that I had talked about earlier, and we're gonna use the center of the CD for the sizing to make sure that we have the spirals in equal size. When I'm spinning this, you can spin this one. Either way, you can spin it so the white is on the outside or you can spin it so the color is on the outside. I'm going to spend it with the color on the outside. But feel free to experiment. You'll see how with this, it actually will give it a different effect. Having weight on the outside now I just let this one go. Now here's why he was a CD. I use a secret to keep my spirals uniform size. The center spot in the CD is perfect for me to make sure that my spirals are the same size . When I'm doing more than one. It's also a great place to put glue. So I have just clued just the edge the other part of the paper and I use the center of the CD as my guide. This is the most standard shaped for quelling. You can kind of see how this shape really is a variation in the flowers we created. Now I'm gonna do something else you're gonna say, Oh, no, don't ruin it. I take it between my fingers and those now I have officially sheet. Now that we have all our little pieces made, it's time to assemble. This is also a great time to use a toothpick and your CD for glue so you can kind of get clue and all the small little cracks. Now, I specifically made three flowers today because I don't know if you're familiar with the rule of three. Everything always looks better in three. Don't ask me why. It just does. So we'll arrange the flowers. How? Hurry. Think they look great. I kind of like that. Also, I cut out a background for them, Um, out of the pretty scrap of paper I have. You don't have to just like the way it looks. So I think that is how I'm going to lay out my flowers and now a little extra. I like to put the glue down first and then put all the pieces on top of the globe. So now that I kind of have an idea of where I want things, I am gonna just pull them off. Now that have gone the card. I'm also gonna put glue on the backs of items just to make sure that they're gonna stick. I'm gonna go down the father's first. Those are the main visuals of the court. And don't worry if any of the glue is outside the flowers or where you can see it. Remember, it tries clear also with the little leaves, like putting glue on the back end and the front end just to make sure that they stick. Getting glue on that leaves also can be made easier by using your CD. Just dip in the little horn piece. Takes a lot of blue to get it to stay. I like to put glue all around it, so anything that it's under by, it'll stick to to make sure it stays in place. Now for the fish. I the little pieces here, I'm gonna put more on the city and I'm just gonna kind of dip up, set the back. Let's go all over. Put it in there. Do the same with this one. Great. Now I have my last piece, my little curly Q piece. This is a piece where the toothpick comes in handy. So I think we're gonna start securely que great in this spot. So, Michael here to spare and shove it underneath. Sure, it stings. Gonna take some more glue and make sure that I see this little part that touches the car. I'm gonna make sure has a a little bit to glue There's let it holds in town to fix are really good for some of this like last end of the project. Intricate work. So here you have your final card with three different flowers and four dipshit different options for accent pieces. Um, just to know now that you've added extra pieces to the card, it might not fit in its original envelope. Also, if you're gonna mail this, I would put it in a box. Even bubble mailers are not enough to protect these flowers. Thank you so much for taking classes will be enjoyed it and I can't wait to see me.