Scrapbook Embellishment Unique Idea

Scrapbooking embellishments idea free lesson available so you can learn how to do quilling step-by-step.

Add a comment March 2, 2010
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One of My Favorite Quilling Patterns: Simple and Fun!

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I love feet so I thought this would be a cute one to share with you today!  A perfect way to embellish scrapbooking pages or homemade greeting cards for a new baby.  Make a quilled foot pattern in blue for a boy or in pink like I did for a little girl!  Enjoy!

Want to learn more quilling patterns?  Check out my course!  Grab your first lesson free – the link is to the very top on the right of this blog page!  (Free Quilling Instructions)

Thanks!

Jenn your Quilling Enthusiast

Add a comment February 28, 2010
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Quilling: Difficult or Easy for Beginners to Learn?

– Quilling video shows beautiful quilled patterns you can learn how to make and answers some questions you might have about learning how to do the art of paper quilling.

Add a comment February 27, 2010
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How to Learn Paper Quilling

The art of paper quilling has been around for centuries and certainly regained a new appreciation as a great form of art lately. Quilling uses long strips of paper to create coils and shapes, with a quilling tool, which are then formed together to create beautiful patterns such as quilled flowers. This paper art is also known as paper filigree which comes from the way that the paper is rolled. If you are looking to learn how to do quilling, it can be really simple. For beginners, you can use strips of paper cut on a paper cutter (if you cannot find quilling strips in your local craft store). Just be sure that you do not use a thick paper like cardstock since it is very difficult to coil nicely. Then you will need to roll the strips around a toothpick for example (if you do not yet have a quilling tool to make it easiest). You will find that although you can use some of these cheap alternatives for quilling, the best way to create professional looking and easy to make quilling designs is to invest a few dollars into quilling paper strips and a few proper quilling tools. The basic tools and supplies you need for quilling can be purchased for under $20 so it really is an inexpensive art or craft compared to most. Practice making your coils into a variety of shapes like squares, teardrops, marquises, and triangles. There are many more basic shapes you can also make to create an amazing and intricate completed pattern, but these are some of the basics. Remember that quiling is a 3D art form so you can create layers of quilled shapes and not just lay them flat in a single level on your card. Quilling is a beautiful form of art that will certainly amaze and inspire many when they see your beautiful creation. And don’t forget that quilling is also a great craft for children since they can coil paper and create designs as well. If you need some ideas on what to create with your quilling paper, just look around your house at some of your favorite items and begin to form those shapes with your paper strips until you have a complete pattern. If you are a beginner this will take some time, so for now just continue to practice the basic quilled coils and shapes so you can make larger designs in the future. Quilling is a beautiful way to express your creativity with paper and a few simple tools. Remember to use a variety of colors and shapes and have fun creating quilled designs. If you need some lesson and want some patterns to follow, check out www.LearnQuilling.com for free quilling instructions and a fun quilling pattern for beginners.

This article can also be read in an easier to read format by visiting http://www.scribd.com/doc/26951238/How-to-Learn-Quilling-for-Beginners

Add a comment February 16, 2010
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Quilling is a Paper Art

Quilling is a paper art in which you learn to twist beautiful pieces of paper into complex designs.  It takes a few times to learn as a beginner, however it is an art embellishment that is much simpler to make than you’d think.   People will be very impressed with your quilled creations, since this is one paper art that shows a lot of talent; it looks like it takes a lot of time and effort.

Quilling is the perfect scrapbook page embellishment because it’s not only beautiful, but is made from acid free paper. You can start with basic quilling instructions and once you learn the techniques can make more elaborate designs.  Then, you can start to create your own designs to decorate your scrapbooks with ease.

The history of quiling goes back hundreds years however it has gained new interest with those who like to create scrapbooks, invitations, and homemade greeting cards. Besides this, the expenses to get started with quilling are proportionally smaller than almost any another craft you could do! Although the art of quilling was around for years, it is not very popular in stores, therefore you can have struggles to find quilling supplies, unless you to know where to look on line.

The majority of the quilling work that you see is flowers since it is fun and easy to form fun quilled flowers.  Beyond that you will find projects for other interests too; you can make almost any design you can think about! Things want animals, elements of beach, and topics of holidays are large elements which you can learn to created with coiled paper designs.

To many people’s surprise, scrapbooking is the perfect place to display your quilled creations.  It is great to have patterns to follow since you will get ideas on what will look best with your scrapbook page theme. Also, one of the greatest use for recent quilling has become adding quilled paper patterns to homemade cards or journal book covers.  You can form all kinds of projects with coiling paper for many special paper craft projects. Use your imagination and you’ll find your quilled paper talent is a great way to embellish many of your current favorite craft projects with a new, unique design. Thus, quilling is really an expansion of your paper art talent. The possibilities using your quilling designs are really endless.  You can have a lot of fun using your rolled paper designs to show them off in a variety of ways.  To learn the art of quilling, please visit LearnQuilling.com for a free quilling lesson on video, easy to follow, step-by-step.

Add a comment February 13, 2010
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Art of Paper Quilling for Scrapbooking

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Quilling for Scrapbooking Article

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Be Creative and Customize Your Candles (How To Make a Gel Candle Instructions)

“It is better to light just one little candle than to stumble in the dark…” this is one of the oldest children songs we usually hear about candles. Candles, what are they for? Through time, the uses of candles have been changing. For some countries, they are basic tools for worship. They would always be found on churches, temples and other worship places. Cakes come with candles too; this gives them the “symbolic” touch. This makes them as part of ceremonies such as inauguration, commencement activities and the like.

Candles are a part of a growing industry and very popular in almost every store in a large variety of colors, sizes, and scents. They are making it big on the market especially the “gel candles” you’ve probably seen. What makes gel candles so in demand for costumers? Well, since it is made of mineral oil and plastic polymer, it typically lasts longer.  Did you realize that these candles made from gel are pretty easy to make?

At home, you can easily try to make these gel candles without too much hassles and little expense. Here are some simple steps:

1. Find a container that would best hold into form the candle you have in mind. Make sure that you will be using non-flammable containers. Use glass if available, they could show the gel.

2. Plan to have the wick like about 1.5 inches from the sides and dribble a spot of hot glue on the bottom of the container you used.

3. Stick the wink on the hot glue and let it cool down for a few minutes. Don’t use cotton as core wick, zinc is the best choice.

4. For the gel, cut the gel wax into small parts or cubes and place it into a container and heat it up. Make sure that the heat is not too hot or too cold. 200 Fahrenheit could make it melt well.

5. Maintain the advised temperature until such time that the wax would melt and turn into a smooth and a bit thick liquid. For more attractive effects, you could use coloring materials that would create a better effect to the product.

6. TIP:  Do not use coloring materials that would make the gel lose its transparency. Ignore the use of water-based and paste dyes as a combination. They do not complement each others components.

7. Pour ¼ of essential oil or gel scent for more effects that would make the candle “marketable”. When pouring, add more wax cubes if there is a “cloudy” effect on the liquid.

8. VERY IMPORTANT:  Scents you use must be alcohol-free.

9. When you are about to pour the candle liquid on a container, set a level mark and make sure that the liquid will not pass over it so you do not overflow the container.

10. Make it a point to preheat the container (150 degrees). This would minimize the presence of bubbles that may ruin the form of the finished product.

11. Then pull up the wick and be sure that it goes up in the center of the candle. Let the candle cool down for 3-4 hours. Trim the wick at about ¼ inch.

I hope these steps are easy for you to follow. Remember you do not need to let go of your cash every time you need candles at home; they can be very expensive in stores! Plus now that you know how to make gel candles, you can now pour out your own artistry and put a personal touch in the candles you use. This would be a very good past time as well as a way of cost-cutting. In the long run, this may be a great start of putting up your own candle business online or at local craft sales and flea markets. With just a low amount of capital and your determination to make it big, you may have the heart of an entrepreneur beneath your chest.

Enjoy!

Jenn from LearnQuilling.com

Add a comment December 29, 2009
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Fundamental Shapes Used in Paper Quilling Patterns

Fundamental Quilling – Want paper quilling instructions?  www.LearnQuilling.com
Essentially, quilling is the act of rolling a strip of paper around a quilling tool to create a tight coil.  Always work with strips of the correct length and width for your pattern.
The ancient art of quilling has seen the rise and fall of its’ popularity over hundreds of years and throughout the world, proving its’ durability as an art form. In this section, we’ll have a healthy discussion the fascinating techniques under the concept of quilling.
Essentially, quilling is the act of rolling a strip of paper around a quilling tool to create a tight coil.  Always work with strips of the correct length and width for your pattern requirements and for the shape you wish to produce. If you use a slotted tool, but sure to insert your strip correctly and then hold the tool firmly while turning it to roll the paper strip into a coil.  Use your other hand to guide the strip and keep the coil tight.  Then slip the coil from the tool and glue the end to the coil to hold it, or leave it unattached for use as a loose, or tailed, scroll.

Coil
Roll your paper strip tightly using your needle tool and then let the coil release and expand slightly.  Next glue the strip end to the roll.  This is the most basic quilling shape that nearly all other shapes start off as, and is also known as a relaxed, filler or loose coil.

Teardrop
Roll and glue a loose coil, then, while holding it with the thumb and finger of one hand, use the thumb and finger of the other hand to pinch one side of the coil to a point, creating a teardrop shape—also known as a peacock eye.

Marquise
Roll and glue a loose coil, then holding the coil with both hands, pinch each side of the coil simultaneously to create double points.  This distinctive shape is also known as a diamond.

Half Circle
Roll and glue a loose coil, then create a teardrop.  Next, pinch a second point near the first point that made the teardrop shape.  The distance between the two points determines the height of the shape.

Loose Scroll
Roll a loose coil, leaving a substantial portion, or whatever your pattern or desire calls for, unrolled.  These shapes are also known as ‘tailed’ scrolls.

V-Scroll
Fold your strip in half lengthwise.  Then roll a coil from each end of the strip.  You may roll towards the inside of the fold to create a heart scroll, or towards the outside of the fold, to create a ‘V’ scroll.

T-Scrolls
Roll a ‘V’ scroll, then glue the unrolled ‘legs’ of the shape together to create a ‘T’ shape.

Fringed Loose Scroll
Roll a loose, or tailed, scroll, then carefully holding the shape with tweezers, cut the unrolled end, or ‘tail’ lengthwise with scissors.  This creates a fringed ‘tail’.

Want more?  www.LearnQuilling.com

Add a comment December 8, 2009
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