How to Create Beautiful Paper Quilling Art

Paper Quilling Art is enjoying a major resurgence in popularity right now as a challenging craft and art form. It requires patience, a steady hand, and creativity. While many young helpers may find the idea of rolling, twisting and bending tiny strips of paper to be a frustrating activity, over time it can help build better concentration and accuracy which will benefit them in other aspects of their life.

Also known as paper filigree, the art of quilling involves coiled pieces of paper to create intricate designs, images or even messages. The art is said to have originated in Renaissance Europe where it was used by nuns to decorate ecclesiastical objects. The paper filigree simulated carved ivory and wrought iron, which were costly elements. Poorer churches were able to use this paper for decoration, which was then often gilded.

Once you have mastered the basic techniques, such as rolling and pinching, you can begin to experiment with colors and textures. You can add depth and visual interest to your work by pairing contrasting or similar shades, and even incorporating texture into your designs by crimping, folding or looping the paper.

You can also consider framing your work, and it’s important to learn how to seal your quilling to ensure its longevity. There are products that are specially designed to provide a protective coat without damaging the delicate paper strips. It is also a good idea to start with smaller projects, so that you don’t feel overwhelmed and want to give up. Paper Quilling Art