I am oh so excited to write about the new quilling kits and supplies arriving this week at Paper Zone. After seeing some amazing quilling designs in a recent Oprah magazine, I asked Amanda to buy a kit as a sample and I think I heard angels sing when I opened the little box. First of all, the set is awesome. The kit includes a convenient carrying case, PAPER, quilling tools, tweezers, glue, and instructions that show you how to make basic shapes and designs.
For those of you that know me, you know that I can be crafty when guided, but oftentimes my projects end up looking like a 2nd grader did them. But this quilling was a snap! I kid you not that my first attempt was this little dragonfly to the left. It was so easy! You seriously just coil the paper using the tool, pinch it to shape and then glue it into place.
Next I attempted something bigger: the flower.
I was so happy with the results I decided to put the two together to make a little card using PZ facets, an embossing tool and powder for the "Thinking of You" and touching it up with some colorful rub-ons from American Crafts. Making this card was so fun, quick and easy I am so excited for everyone to try the art of quilling.
According to wikipedia, quilling was popular in the 18th century amongst "gentle ladies of quality" because the hobby was not too taxing on their minds. To that I say, "sign me up!".
I truly hope this art style makes a comeback because it's not only easy and fun, it's really quite beautiful and unique. . .yet another wonderful art form using our favorite medium: paper. Stay tuned for tutorial videos and hopefully a class or two. All you ladies (and gentlemen) of quality, get ready. . .your new hobby is here. --Kim