Quilling or paper filigree is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs. The paper is wound around a quill to create a basic coil shape. The paper is then glued at the tip and these shaped coils are arranged to form flowers, leaves, and various ornamental patterns similar to ironwork.
The quilling dates back to some 500 years ago. Started in France and Italy, it is being practiced around the world today.The craft has become increasingly popular due to the low cost of the material. It is used to decorate wedding invitations, birth announcements, greeting cards, scrapbook pages, and boxes and many other items can be created.
Quilling paper is available on the consumer market in over 250 colors and dimensions. It can be divided into various categories, like solid colored Quilling paper, graduated Quilling paper, two-tone Quilling paper, hand made Quilling paper, metallic Quilling paper and other assorted parcels of Quilling paper. In India, It is available in various dimensions, such as 3 mm, 4 mm, 6 mm and 10 mm. The paper quality and availability of dimensions differ from manufacturer to manufacturer.
The paper quilling is one art which is virtually unaffected by industrialization. It can be learned by every age group of person and needs just a little patience and some basic essentials.
The essentials include the tools themselves, paper and glue. However, to ease up your work and make your masterpieces more effectively you make further need quilling board, toothpick to apply small amount of glue, tweezers etc.
There are no of quilling tools available but as a beginner and a very effective tool is the slotted tool. This is a handle with a metal stick inserted in one end. the metal stick has a small cut (slot) where you can hook the quilling paper.
Almost all kind of glue works well. However, the one that dries clear and quickly is the best for quilling. If the glue bottle has a narrow opening, it helps to dispense the tiniest amount of glue possible. Alternatively, squeeze some glue onto a piece of scrap paper and use the tip of a tooth pick to spread the glue.