Are you an artsy craftsy mommy?
Looking for ideas on hand curated items for this Diwali as a part of decoration?
Can you smell what’s cookin’ today? Yes, Paper quilling, you got that right.
With the festival of lights heading just too close, we get a reason to shop new clothes, bed spreads, cushion covers, home décor, lightings and diyas and what not! The festival brings about a positive energy as the days come nearer.
Crafting has always been a brainchild to me. I used to spend hours without breaking a sweat, forget food, water and bath! Sometimes it would be a master piece outcome, whereas at times it would be just a piece of crap.
Today, presenting you the art of paper quilling. At first when I looked at paper quilled items, they seemed difficult. However, when I tried my hands on it, nothing around will be easier. Although I’m a beginner, I could effortlessly complete the task. I started as soon as the little monster left for school, the brownie: She came home sleeping, so I could complete paper quilling art without any mess.
Paper Quilling- What is it?
It is an art, where in you roll, shape and bend thin strips of colorful paper into shapes. Further, you use the delicate shapes to form designs. The basic shape is made as you roll thin strips into coils: tight or loose. These coils can be used to form a variety of shapes. So, all in all, quilling is all about rolling and scrolling.
How to form shapes?
Shapes can be formed with coils by loosening the coils, curling them, creasing and gluing. We can easily get colorful paper strips that we call Paper quilling strips and a special tool that is used for quilling. The tool has a slit where we can insert the paper strip and roll on to form coils. Once the rolling is done, the coil is to be removed from the slot of the tool gently. Pinching process is what it takes to form desired shapes.
All you require:
- Paper quilling stripes
- Glue stick
- Quilling tool
- Hard paper
Quilling a tight coil:
Turn the paper strip with the help of the tool ensuring the paper remains nice and tight, as tight as possible. Remove the coil, with a tight pressure. Apply glue to the edge of the strip so that the coil remains tight. And doesn’t open up.
Quilling loose coil:
Turn the paper strip with the help of the tool ensuring the paper remains nice and tight, as tight as possible. Remove the coil releasing the tension by placing it down. Allow it to open up. Glue the edge once the coil opens up to the desired size. Most shapes can be formed with this base coil formation.
Tear drop shape, eye shape, heart shape, feelers, ‘S’ shape etc can be formed with the loose coil. Shapes need to be formed with pinching top, bottom, ends with thumb and index finger based on what shape you wish to form.
For feelers, you got to curl a little part of the paper leaving some portion of the strip straight. More shapes like Square, Triangle, rectangle, leaf etc could be formed with correct pinches as per requirement.
How to make a Diya Holder?
- Trace the shape of your candle or diya on a hard paper. Start designing using your creativity and the shapes that you must be ready with around the traced portion (The portion has to be left blank for diya to be placed).
- Experiment desired layouts. You may place shapes to see if they look suitable. Pinched bottomed shapes are easy to insert in left out spaces that need filling.
- Use glue stick to stick the shapes to create the design.
- Lastly, cut out the extra hard paper so that only the design is highlighted.
- You may decorate your design using sparkles, sequins, diamonds etc.
- Let it dry.
- Your design is ready to light up your home with charming diyas/candles placed on the quilled art.
What can be better than hand crafted designs as offerings to our beloved Goddess? Go ahead and try your hands. I’m sure each one of you would come up with a unique design.
Do share your designs.