Meredith Amand is a busy working mommy and wife with an art degree who was looking to be able to use her creative side. Designing and making paper crafts became the perfect thing. She can't help but keep playing with new materials and techniques and loves paper because with a few folds and curls, it can be turned into anything.
Here, Meredith shows how to create a beautiful paper quilled heart using three luscious colors of paper.
Quilling is an art form that can be traced as far back as 105 AD in Ancient China. Also known as Paper Filigree, quilling is nothing more than making rolls and coils out of thin strips of paper. The paper coils can be formed and manipulated into many shapes, which are often used as 3-dimensional decoration on cards or household items. Quilling requires some practice, but the creative possibilities are endless. One of the featured items in Meredith’s Etsy shop, The Papery Craftery, is a quilled heart formed from 3 different colors, which can be framed for home decor.
- 3 colors of quilling paper. Lavender, deep purple and fuchsia are used here. Mostly sold in lengths of 18-24” and ⅛” wide
- Simple sketch of design
- Small cork board, larger than design
- Wax paper, larger than design
- White glue, in a squirt bottle with very narrow tip, or use a pin or toothpick to apply
- Straight pins
- Backing paper. Two in contrasting colors are best; the same size and shape of design, gray here, and another, 5 x 7, for framing. This one is dark purple.
- Needle tool
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(1) Gather supplies. There are a number of online suppliers of quilling papers and supplies. Quilling supplies are very inexpensive and the paper is sold in packages large enough to make several projects. Some prefer to cut their own quilling paper strips. Place design on cork and wax paper over the design. Use 4 straight pins through all corners of both papers, securing to the cork board.
(2) Begin forming coils. The main form that used to fill the heart is a 3 colored loop. One color, lavender, is used to be the center of the loop, with another, deep purple, in a coil around that, then the third, fuchsia, in a larger open loop around the coil. Holding the needle tool in one hand, roll a 1” strip of the center paper around the needle tool, using thumb and forefinger of the hand that feels comfortable. Without releasing the roll, use a tiny dot of glue to adhere the end of the strip to itself. Keeping that roll on the tool, glue 1½” strip of the next color to the roll and spin the same way, but release the coil so it opens. Again, glue the open end to itself. Lastly, tear the third color in a 2” strip. Glue one end to the coil of 2 colors, make a loop around so the middle of the strip is at the top of the coil again. Add a dot of glue at that point, and bring the rest of the paper around in a slightly larger loop. Glue the end to loop where it lands.
(3) Start filling in the design. Place the loops on the wax paper covered cork board, by filling up the heart shape and staying as close to the outside lines as possible. Use the glue to adhere the loops together and the straight pins to keep them in place. Any spaces between the large loops can be filled with small coils and rolls.
(4) Finish the heart. When the entire heart is filled with the desired amount of coils and loops, outline the heart with a strip of quilling paper to create a finished look. Starting at the center of the heart, run the strip around securing every so often with a dot of glue and a pin.
(5) Mount on backing papers. Once the glue has dried, remove all pins and peel wax paper from back of heart. Using small dots of glue, adhere the quilled heart to the heart-shaped paper. When that is secure, use a little glue to mount the heart to the 5 x 7 sheet.
Once everything has dried, the heart is ready for framing!