Posts Tagged ‘Inspirational’

No tools? Try the vortex.

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

This entire butterfly was made with fingers…no rolling and no quilling tools!

The shape is call a “vortex coil”. A talented quiller, Licia Politis, from Australia invented this new shape!  It actually looks really cool when it’s done with a longer strip of paper (16 inches or longer), but I wanted to experiment with  graduated papers. Graduated papers are only 12 inches in length and they fade from white to a color.  I love the effect of this paper…but here’s my attempt with the vortex coil.

- 1/4-inch Graduated Paper (pink, purple, bright green)

- craft glue

- scissors


1.) The vortex coil is like making a wheatear or continuous loops. First, make a small loop.  Then make a slightly larger loop by wrapping the paper strip around the first loop.  Keep the loops close together and evenly spaced. When you get to the end of the paper strips, glue the paper’s end to the base (or point) of the wheatear and trim off any excess paper.

2.) Hold the base of the wheatear. Then push the round end inward.  Release the coils near the base and allow the coils to shift into the “vortex” shape.  You can play around with pinching and reshaping during this step!  (I’ll have to show you what it looks like with a longer or bigger wheatear in a future post! Shorter papers don’t show enough of the vortex shape.)

3.) Make 8 bright green, 4 purple and 4 pink vortex coils. Glue them into groups.

4.) Wrap a 12-inch purple strip around each groups.

5.) Make a body and an antenna.  Glue the pieces together.

Definitely a unique shape and I didn’t use a tool!

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ABC’s of quilling scrolls

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

I just taught a group of kids how to quill alphabet letters to spell their name. Many of them said they were scared and nervous (complaining)  “this looks way too hard!”. But, after I gave them these simple tricks, they totally changed their tone!  “It’s sooooooo easy!” said a 8-year old…mission accomplished! It is. Hope you’ll try it!

So, here are some basics in rolling…

Quilled scrolls are different from making loose coils into teardrops or marquises. Instead, it’s a combination of rolling both ends of the paper and reshaping the coils with your fingers. Here are some examples:

For the letters “S” and “C”, I first rolled both ends of the paper toward the middle of the paper strip (the smaller “lowercase” letters). Then I unrolled the coils and re-rolled or shaped them to form the “uppercase” letters.

For the letter “R”, I broke up the letters into simple scrolls and basic quilled shapes (half circle).  Then I glued them together.

If you fold a paper strip in half and roll both ends, then you can create a bunch of different letters and shapes! Adding a dab of glue near the fold will hold shapes like the letter “Y” or “L”.

Here are a few pieces that I made (years ago) with different styles of quilled letters.

To learn more about quilling letters, check out the “Alphabet Letters” quilling kit!

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Under the Sea…quilling and kids

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

The North American Quilling Guild is having their annual conference on April 30 & May 1. If you’re in the area, stop by to see some amazing quilled artwork! There are many talented quillers that attend – my work looks so simple in comparison to some of the elaborate pieces that are displayed. It’s a wonderful conference to see if you want to be inspired!! I’m planning to teach and demo miniature treasure boxes or maybe the little basket.

The conference is in Long Island, New York…by the ocean! Kay Shockley, the co-ordinator of the conference, told me on the phone that they quilled a bunch of sea life using my “Under the Sea” kit as part of the conference decor. I’m excited to see the results!

If you want to see how a child views the “Under the Sea” kit, then enjoy this interpretation by my youngest daughter (7-years old).

She was sick for a whole week in December. So this is what we did together at home to pass the time. The overall size is about 5-inches x 7-inches.

We used 1/4-inch wide quilling paper. The wider width is much easier for kids to roll!  She didn’t want to read my instructions or use my suggested lengths/circle sizes (kids are so smart!). Instead, she just used the front cover picture and eye-balled the size coils she wanted. It turned out great!

“Nemo needs to have his own anemone!”

She scolded me for not putting that in the kit!

Post a comment and let me know what your kids like to quill!

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Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

At a young age, I scored fairly well on spatial relations, 3D visual learning…or something like that.  I think it meant I had an eye for drawing objects with depth, perspective, and proportion (but please don’t ask me to draw people!). I’m thankful for my art teachers who helped develop and fine-tune these skills! Skills that are perfect for quilling!

In return, I love teaching kids how to quill. With kids, there’s something exciting that happens when they pinch little rolls of paper strips into something wonderful!  They see paper in a whole new light! So if you get an opportunity to teach or show a child how to quill, then take it!

Here’s a quilled lemonade stand that my daughter made when she was 8 years old. Those are cars zooming across the road, not turtles!

She even made a “boom box” off to the left. The two girls are wearing dresses made from a large tight coil.  The technique is similar to the Easter Basket project.

“She’s doing a split because she’s happy to buy some lemonade!”

Gotta love their creativity!

(I’ll be posting some other projects made by kids!)

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Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Happy Easter!  He is ALIVE!

Here’s a simple quilled card project I made that is featured in “CardMaker” magazine – March 2010 issue, page 17.  It’s part of their “Quill It Easy” section.

The roses are made from the pinks/ivory/white “Spiral Roses Quilling Kit“. They also come in burgundy/red/purples and orange/peach/yellows.

If you want to learn how to make the spiral roses, then check out my video clip on the Quilled Creations’ website.  They are very easy to roll and create!  I actually prefer making these spiral roses (instead of the folded rose) for my gift cards, wedding frames, gift boxes, etc.

Here are some other ways to use these lovely quilled roses!  The topiary in this picture is about 3-inches high.  BUT…

…check out what one of my customers did…

Wow! Sue Cox emailed me this picture of her topiary she made last summer and it blew me away!  Talk about being inspired!

Here’s how she did it:

“I made this 21-inches tall topiary using approximately 1100 of your “Spiral Roses”.  I spread this project out over several weeks but believe it took around 80 hours to complete.  The top Styrofoam  ball was 3-inch in diameter before decorating and the bottom was 5-inch. I simply bought a bright gold finished plastic pot and placed the topiary inside.  I glued it onto the bottom and then placed large smooth river rocks
to hide the bottom .”

Thanks Sue for your extreme quilled creation!

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Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Something simple or something a bit challenging. Well, as my first blog I debated what quilled card to show first. But, this is one of my favorites. It’s definitely a challenge for a new quiller, but I wanted to show that quilled shapes can be more than than your basic teardrops and marquises! I hope you’re inspired!!

I saw this pattern on a canvas bag (actually it’s our laundry tote). Since I empty this about everyday, it finally caught my eye that I could probably quill this pattern! It’s pretty much how I’m inspired when I design my kits and projects. Simple things I see become “I bet I could quill this, but if I only had time!”. I finally made time one evening.

The first bird didn’t come out anything like a bird (more like a bird’s dropping)! I had to keep manipulating the coil with my fingers and tweezers (yes, fine-tip tweezers are a must in quilling) until it came out looking somewhat decent. But after I added a wing with 1/16″ paper…whew, a little bird appeared.  I don’t have instructions for this design, just made it up as I went along.  But I would love to come up with a series of cards using this black/white style – so chic!

I’m looking forward to sharing more projects and inspirational ideas with you.

- Tri-fold Card – Oval Cutout
- Bright White Quilling Paper 1/8-inch
- Needle Tool
- Fine-tip Tweezers
- Scissors
- white glue

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