Quilling for Beginners – Basic Shapes Tutorial

Quilling for Beginners – Basic Shapes Tutorial


Hello, I’m Cecelia Louie of Paper Zen. If
you’ve just fallen in love with quilling and want to give it a try before you buy
anything at all then I’ve made this video just for you all you need is a
craft knife metal ruler some ruled paper a round toothpick some glue and a
plastic yogurt lid or gift card or something like that that you can pour
your glue onto so let’s start by cutting your quilling strips let’s take off
these red margins so we can get rid of those lines out of the way and then we
turn the chafer on its side and just start cutting along those lines and then
you’ll end up with strips like that now if you don’t have any ruled paper you
can visit my blog and download a template where you can print the lines
onto your sheet see a colored sheet of paper or something thicker than this and
do the same thing just cut along those lot guide lines that I have and you’ll
come up with strips just like this this is a sheet that you can download from my
blog I’ll leave a link in the show notes below and you can just follow along and
start filling up these boxes with your own examples of some basic chord shapes
so let’s get started with the quilling I’m going to take one of the strips and
what I’ve done with my round toothpick is there’s this sort of indentation here
for the toothpick and as a decorative thing and I’ve just basically taken some
scissors and lopped off that part just so I have a smooth part of the round
toothpick here so if you happen to have a decorative one like this
just take care of that and you’ll have smoother strips you don’t want to start
quilling on this side because it tapers and what that’s going to do is make your
coils kind of tornado so we want to have them straight so what I’m going to do is
put the strip end on my finger and just start with the friction like say if you
had dried glue on your fingers you need to rub that off that’s the kind of
friction that I’m using right here so against like my thumb and my index
finger I’m just rubbing that strip up around the toothpick so I’m not twirling
that toothpick at all I’m just kind of raveling the paper up against the
toothpick and as it comes down to my knuckle I’m not lifting it up off my
finger I’m just dragging it along to the fingertip again and as I go I’m trying
to keep these edges even on the top and the bottom so I don’t want to start
swinging up or down I want to try to be as even as I can and it will happen and
you can use your other finger to help guide those edges along if you wish you
want to keep it as straight as you can because when you go to glue it to your
work surface you want the edges to glue down to your surface evenly so now that
we’ve rolled it up I’m going to let it go and just look what happened that is
what we call a scroll the next one here is called a sea scroll and just like the
letter C what I’m going to do is what we did for the loose scroll is start
coiling that sheet up just like before to about midway and then let that go
oops you don’t want to do what I just ditched folks do you see this this is a
tornado don’t want to do that actually use your finger to push the coil off
your toothpick sometimes the wood actually has a bit of grip on the paper
so that’s half the strip I’m going to turn it around and coil from this side and again I’m going to use this finger
and push it off too thick and I just squished it a little bit but it’s not a
big deal to roll that up what we have there is the sea scroll let’s work on the next one the letter S
scroll so I’m going to quill on one end down about midway wait to let that
unravel and pushed off the toothpick now and when I turn it to do the other side
I’m not going to start coiling on this same side I want to flip it over and
actually start coiling from the opposite side and as you can guess from there
it’s going to form the letter S now what’s cool about the letter S it’s
one of my favorites is if you coil one side smaller and one side larger it
actually makes what they call the asymmetric scroll so it just makes it
you know uneven so this one here the letter C I’ve made them quite even but
it’s actually very easy to uncoil it a little bit the recoil it slightly and
see how it’s more open like that so I’m just going to use it open a little bit
and then recoil it so what I’m going to do is let one coil be larger than the
other so all of a sudden look how dynamic that looks so now you can see
how you can play with those shapes and just change them up as you need now the
V scroll is very simple we just fold the strip in half and with the letter V what
I’m going to do is make the coils go upward so I’m just gonna go close to that fold
let it go push it off there’s one half let’s do
the other half there we go there is the V scroll now
the Y scroll is very similar to the V scroll so basically just create the V
scroll yet again what we’re going to do is just dab a little bit of glue inside
that straight area now what I have here is like a fancy little shot class and I
have a fine tip glue bottle here you don’t need to get this you would just
you know use the yogurt lid that I had mentioned and just put a spot of glue
there and take your toothpick and just take a little amount and just basically
smear it along the inner part of that V scroll and bring those two straight
sides together so what that does is it then becomes like the letter Y what you
can do from there is actually start to manipulate that in other ways you can
actually add a little bit of a roll to it like this and look how fun that’s
become it’s like a little sprig next up is the same side it’s grohl so what I’m
going to do is take the paper and actually fold it you know one one’s a
little longer than the other and you don’t need to be mathematical about this
at all because no one’s going to measure you okay so what I’m going to do is coil
up one in here do you see how the coil is facing in
this direction I want this one too obviously
hence the name same sided scroll go in the same direction not quite fun now the hard scroll guess what you’ve
already done this because if you took the V scroll and you’ve just flipped it
around look at that instant now of course you could have just made
that on your own by folding it in half and coiling the two coils inward right
same diff I’m just pointing out that you’ve actually already done all this
work now for the asymmetric heart scroll is similar to these guys in that one
coil is larger than the other so but what to to create that you still need to
give it like one side a little bit longer than the other so but in the case
of see the same side to scroll they’re rolling that same direction we want the
asymmetric heart scroll to have one side smaller and one side larger and it just
gives so this is the typical way of coiling for cooling and I find it rather
tight so what I tend to do is actually uncoil it a little bit we Ravel it by
hand and see how that’s more open and dynamic so that’s just my personal take
on it but I just find that it makes for very dynamic shapes so if you were to
put now a little spot of glue right here where those two halves neat so you see
how little glue I’m using that’s the amount that you want because if you use
too much it’s going to take a lot longer for it to dry so now I have a tough that
made those to touch and I’m going to put it down to my work surface and just
gently you know Pat it flat so that those edges line up what are the differences between Scrolls
and coils well the end is glued down so let me just show you what that means
so the loose scroll I basically didn’t glue down this end right here so and as
typical this is like a type like a tighter kind of weave to it so I’m just
going to loosen it up just a little bit and recoil that just a bit by hand just
so you can see how those coils all look and then I’m going to add a spot of glue so now that I’ve glued that loose scroll
down like the end down now what that’s called is a loose coil so the coils are
they’ve got the ends glued so what is a tight coil well all tight coil is
basically as the name sounds it’s pretty tight so instead of like all these other
times you’ve let it go what want to do this time is actually glue the end down
before we even take it off the toothpick because what we want is basically a
tight coil so that there is a tight coil now what’s a teardrop well let’s make a
loose coil first we’re going to let it go I’m going to glue that Bank down and
then where that seam is generally I tend to want to hide it so what I’m going to
do is pinch right on that seam and what that does is now I’ve created a little
teardrop shape so Markie or I there’s two ways of
saying it you know whatever here’s another loose coil I’ve already
made and there’s the same line so I’m going to hide it so I’m just going to
pinch on both sides and that is the marquee so I hope you see that it’s actually
really simple to make quite a few basic shapes you didn’t need a lot of fancy
tools you can certainly dive right in and get a sense of what it’s like to
start quelling there’s no need for you to wait it’s just paper
there’s not that much to invest in it and this gives you a chance to dabble I
hope you’ve enjoyed making some basic shapes with me and that you’ve fallen in
love with quilling all over again and seeing how easy it is to make your own
wonderful cards and gifts for loved ones and of all the crafts that I’ve done in
the years I’d have to say quilling is actually the cheapest by far because I
have so many hours of play with so few expensive tools now what can you do with
all these basic shapes well I can imagine this as polka dots on a birthday
card this is easily for a Mother’s Day card that I’ve made if you put four
hearts together can you see a little shamrock here which is some one good
luck and you know you just put a little squiggle here for the stem your quilling
is only limited by your imagination and why do I like quilling so much this is
actually a card that I made for a doctor who took care of my father-in-law when
he was in ICU and this is not something that you can buy in a store this was for
me a way to convey something so personal to thank that doctor for the care that
he gave so hopefully your imagination will let you express what you want to
say in your heart so if you do find that you enjoy quilling instead of having to
cut these strips and actually I have to say it’s it’s a little thin so you know
if you do want to invest in some quilling items this is only a few
dollars and you look at all the colors you’ve got they’re already pre-cut for
you and so it’s it this is not not that expensive to buy now instead of a
toothpick this is wood so it did kind of grip my paper a bit it had a
bit of friction these are metal tools so the paper just slides right off of them
the tip to typical kinds that you’ll find is one is called slotted so there’s
a little slot right here that you can slip the paper into some people call
this a beginner tool I actually have a problem with that name because you know
I actually have taught many too many people with the toothpick and they were
just fine but any any way they they slot the paper into that little groove and
start coiling so as you call you can use your fingers to keep them all even and
you know it’s it’s it’s easier on your hand then a toothpick you’re not going
to get as tired as easily and I would have to say that you know your coils are
going to be more even and if you wanted to do it with a slotted tool it’s not
that much more different and what’s the difference other than the fact that one
has a slot and the other doesn’t and that is when you look inside that
innermost circle this one is smooth that one has a crimp that’s mainly the
difference and this one’s labeled beginner and this one not and generally
speaking I would say that my tension of my coils are tighter on using this tool
rather than this one so it’s all personal preference but these are again
just a few dollars now if you really want to splurge a bit more I actually
enjoy using these tools which are a this is like a fine tip tweezer and this is
what they call a reverse grip reverse grip tweezer so when you let go it
actually you know holds something so if I want to hold that glue join together
until it dries I’ll actually clamp it like that and turn it upside down then
let it hold there until it’s dry and I come back it’s like oh look thanks
thanks for holding that fruit now as for the glue this is actually my favorite
glue because it’s so thick you use schoolchildren’s glue but I actually
can’t handle using that because it’s too thin I find it too watery it takes a
while to dry and I find it can if you apply too much
you can even warp your paper so you can buy a smaller bottle at michaels or I’ve
even seen it at Walmart again just a few dollars but you know what I got to say
every time someone falls in love with quilling this is actually what I suggest
that they get this is my first quilling book and I have referred to it so often
it actually comes with paper glue this quilling tool and all these wonderful
eggs in structions for boys and girls and well hey I was an adult when I found
this and I loved it it is still my favorite book to recommend to people
they have so many examples of projects for so many different occasions so this
is actually my favorite recommendation I’ll leave a link down below it’s going
to be a an Amazon affiliate link so I will earn a few pennies if you buy it
and it’s no extra cost to you so I hope you enjoyed this video I hope you
enjoyed your crash course in culling and I hope you fall in love with it just as
I have if you enjoyed this video I hope you’ll give it two thumbs up and don’t
forget to subscribe so you’ll be notified of new videos

Dereck Turner

18 thoughts on “Quilling for Beginners – Basic Shapes Tutorial

  1. Lavern Melanson says:

    Super good Vedio. Thank you

  2. Arlene Rocha Fullerton says:

    Thank you for teach us . You do it so great !! I have been learning a lot with your videos

  3. Happy Cheeroz says:

    Thanks I needed for my school 🙂 and my mom dose not know these stuff cuz they don’t have this lesson so I have to look somewhere to watch and I bumped in to you that’s how I made it here 🙂

  4. Brhtu Seasonone says:

    i love u..i love ur creations…..just want to try this…will this make me rich? of ever i wanted to sell it??

  5. Brhtu Seasonone says:

    whats the fifference of rolling with ur finger vs rolling with d needle? nxt time will u type the name of ur creation while being closed up
    ..ty…cant see the name in ur matrix….hahah..im screenshotting ur creations. so i can see the detail

  6. Wendy Medhurst says:

    just looking at your video found it very interesting and informative as well as easy to follow

  7. anonymos says:

    that's so great, thank you so much

  8. Melinda Gibson says:

    Thanks!! Looove this!

  9. Curtrice Ennis says:

    Thank you sooooo very much for your informative video. I'm just getting into quilling, and, have watched many videos here on YouTube, but, they've never been as informative as your video on how to make the different shapes. I realize there are many more shapes, but, this video you've made for us is so nice. And, if I could, I'd give it TEN "thumbs up" !!!

  10. Ketna Parikh says:

    Thank you soooooo much for explaining very easily and in detail

  11. Cory Marcus says:

    Excellent, I'm new at this and really liking it!

  12. doreen clark says:

    Thank you so much for this video, so very helpful.

  13. Ginny Tripp says:

    Very helpful

  14. Nicky Ackhurst says:

    So helpful. Thank you. Where do I find that book?

  15. Wendy Pierre says:

    Thank you for such an easy to follow instructional video. I've been wanting to try quilling for a long time, and you make it look like something I can actually do without breaking the bank.

  16. Susan Manolakos says:

    The book you mentioned is no longer available at Amazon.

  17. jojo bean says:

    I went to all the urls but I can't seem to find the sheet to put the samples you make.. for the scrolls and coils. Can anyone direct me? Thanks!

  18. jojo bean says:

    Whoops, found it!

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