Quilling Paper Strips
I’ve just started to quill. What kind of paper should a beginner use?Computer printer paper cut into 1/8″ or 1/4″ (roughly 3 or 6mm) strips will be fine for practice. When you’re ready for true quilling paper, it’s easiest to order it online because you’ll find a much better selection than in craft stores. U.S. online quilling suppliers such as Quilled Creations, Quilling Supply, and Hunter Creek Crafts are very good. You can also order strips on Amazon, such as JUYA brand. Here is a starter pack of quilling paper at a reasonable price, and this is a quilling kit that includes tools.
I generally don’t apply a fixative because I like the natural look of paper. Some fixatives result in a shiny, plastic finish and the application may cause coil centers to swell. If I’ve made a framed piece, the glass protects it. If you are concerned about excessive humidity, brushable Liquitex Varnish is good and is available in Gloss or Matte. Apply a couple of very thin coats, never too much at once. How do you store your quilling paper? There are probably as many answers to this question as there are quillers. The main things to remember… store your strips in a dry, dust-free place and away from direct sunlight. It is helpful to keep colors labeled by brand name/number in the same clear bags in which they arrive. Do I do that? Well, I have good intentions, but often wind up with a collection of loose strips that looks like this: It’s oddly satisfying to quill a tidy project after starting with such a jumble, but I also enjoy working with strips that are still attached at the ends, fresh out of the package.How do you mail a quilled card? Ideally, I would use a sturdy, shallow box lined with bubble wrap. In lieu of that, place your card between two sheets of cardboard and then in an envelope. If you use a bubble wrap mailer thinking it will provide enough protection, the card may bend – tragedy! – so I would include cardboard both under and on top of the card. My Quilling Nest sells ingenious mailers for quilling. The scored cardboard is easily folded to make a boxelope. I place a layer of bubble wrap over the front of a card as extra protection.What quilling books do you recommend? Thank you for asking! My newest book, The Art of Quilling Paper Jewelry, is geared to both beginner and experienced quillers who are looking for new ideas. All Things Paper: 20 Unique Projects from Leading Paper Crafters, Artists, and Designers includes several quilled jewelry designs and frameable projects. Creative Paper Quilling: Wall Art, Jewelry, Cards & More is a compilation of designs from a number of American and Canadian quillers. Have you made any quilling videos? You can watch me quill on the HGTV show, That’s Clever. I was interviewed about my quilling journey on YouTube channel, The Quilling Quarter. You also might enjoy this article that I wrote for the Craft Industry Alliance about quilling trends.May I sell items that I make from your patterns? While I would be happy for you to recreate my designs for your own personal use and/or to give as gifts, the Creative Commons license that is posted on this blog indicates the content I share is not for commercial purposes. Also, the projects in The Art of Quilling Paper Jewelry may not be made to sell. On the other hand, you may make and sell items made from the instructions in my other books, All Things Paper, and Creative Paper Quilling. If you would like to be notified about new posts, tutorials, and interesting links from the world of paper, sign up for the occasional and free All Things Paper newsletter here and/or scroll to the bottom of the page and enter your email address to receive new post alerts (once weekly).