Yulia Brodskaya transforms everyday paper into wondrous and colorful creations using a technique that dates back centuries to the Renaissance. Also known as Paper Filigree, quilling involves rolling, twisting and bending thin strips of paper to create shapes and designs. It’s an easy craft to pick up, requiring minimal and affordable materials and offering a relaxing new hobby for both children and adults.
Whether used to make intricate jewelry, greeting cards or decorative items, quilling is a great way to relax and express creativity. For kids, this creative activity develops hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills while promoting self-expression and social engagement. In addition, the ability to work with different colors, which can be very soothing for many, is a positive benefit to those who experience anxiety or stress.
To get started, gather your materials. You will need a quilling tool (found inexpensively online) and special pre-cut paper strips that can be found at most arts and crafts stores. You can also use your own precise machine-cut strips if you prefer. To begin, choose a color to work with, either contrasting or matching, and roll a small coil. Then, use your fingers or tweezers to relax the coil and shape it into your desired design element. Continue to do this with the remaining shapes needed for your project, gluing each piece as you go.
When you are ready, map out your final design on a board and use sewing pins to hold the pieces in place until they dry. Once the design is complete, consider framing it in a shadow box for a finished look. Paper Quilling Art