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.


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.

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


Artist Mommy 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 :-)

Njeri 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!