Friday, November 5, 2010

Quilling Fill-in Technique

This is such a simple, quick technique that can be applied to any printed motif. On the left is my trio of dresses project from my book. I was commissioned by an international craft magazine to teach various quilling techniques and this is one of them. The issue was published in 2007 and the pictures I have left from the projects aren't the best, but they give you an idea of how to get started.


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All the printed motifs I used are free clip art that I altered slightly. I started with a simple handbag. I drew a diagonal line and filled in one side with black then printed on a white card. The blank area is filled in with 1/16" (0.158 cm) wide "S" scrolls and loose coils/tendrils. The lengths varied and ranged from 1/4" to 3/4" (0.635 to 1.9 cm).

 Using tweezers, I first tap the bottom edge of the shape on a thin layer of glue on wax paper and immediately apply to the card. The editor wanted quilling to be the main focus so I did very little embellishing. I inserted two eyelets and added a string of pearls for the handle. I let the handle dangle loose on one of the cards, but the purse was printed too low so they didn't use that one. 


I also filled in a dress and shoe. I added pink to the heel and removed the printed bow on the shoe. I added a black satin ribbon bow on the finished card for dimension.



The bow on the hanger is a tied piece of black embroidery thread ... also for dimension.


If you try this technique or have used it before, please let me know and I'll post your project!  Enjoy!

8 comments:

Quill Seeker said...

If I ever get around to quilling again, I would like to try this technique. I like the simple, graphic quality of the images with the added dimension from the quilling. Great work!

Ann said...

oh I really like these. Now I have another thing I want to try, my list just keeps getting longer and longer :)

Philippa said...

Great designs, Molly! It always surprises me how long it can take to fill in a little space with coils!

Molly Smith said...

Thank you ladies. These are simple, so I'm hoping it gives someone an idea to expand on what I did and make something fabulous! Too bad you can't feel the dimension in the photos :) hugs, xo

Antonella said...

Hi Molly, Great instructions! Quilling can dress up anything :-) I have a few projects I did too. Hot Air Balloon and Wedding Cakes. When I do something like the wedding cakes where I create mini embellishments I like to call it "embellishment quilling". Hugs and Happy Quilling! antonella :-)

Jackie said...

beautiful work, thanks for the inspiration.

Molly Smith said...

Thank you Jackie for stopping by! I love your blog and now following :o)

Antonella, you know I love your quilling and thanks for sharing the links. I like the term 'embellishment quilling'!

hugs from Texas, xo

Kirsten said...

Nice work Molly...Love the dresses trio.... they look great!

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