Whimsical Quilled Paper Plant Art [+ Free Template]
Quilling is such a mindful craft and, as ancient as it is, it’s easy to bring it up to date with a whimsical design or two. This quilled paper plant art is a great starting point for you to experiment with, even if you’re fairly new to it, as it provides the perfect opportunity to practise a number of different skills, whilst you work to create a piece of art that’s super cute! Check out Carla Bagshaw’s tutorial below, and have a go at creating your own beautiful papercraft project that’s fit for framing.
Time to Make: 3 Hours
Skill Level: Beginner – Intermediate
You will need:
- Free template [DOWNLOAD HERE]
- Ball tool -small
- Quilling Strips in your chosen colours
- PVA Glue
- A4 cardstock – 350gsm
- Craft Tweezers
- Slotted Quilling tool
- Watercolour Paint
- Watercolour Brush
Print out the free template and, using washi tape, stick it onto your A3 cardstock. Once firmly placed over the card, use your ball tool to trace over the outlines. You will need to use a medium pressure so that you create a debossed outline on the cardstock below, but not so much pressure as to tear the template.
Sometimes quilled images can look a little bit ‘naked’ when seen head on. A way to avoid a loss of colour is to watercolour the debossed image before you begin to quill. Make sure to let it dry completely before going on to the following steps.
When your painting is dry, begin to add a very fine line of glue around the outline of your plant pots, and then very carefully, with the aid of craft tweezers, place a quilling strip vertically onto the line of glue. This process is called outlining.
Use the tweezers to bend your paper around your shape and then add more glue to stick the strip down until you have outlined the whole pot with a paper strip. You will need to do this for each plant pot.
Creating leaves is a lot of fun, and this is where you can bring in traditional quilling. Place a strip of quilling paper into the slotted tool and begin to roll the tool between your fingers so that the paper begins to form a tight coil. When the strip is completely rolled, gently ease it from the tool, hold it between thumb and forefinger and gently release the pressure so that it loosens slightly. Glue the end of the strip and pinch the coil to form a leaf shape. Glue these shapes onto your painted leaves.
For the plant pots, you can choose to fill them with coils pinched into different shapes, or simply fold up paper strips, as I have above, and glue them straight down on the inside of the point. I quilled a few loops in the middle in a contrasting colour, which you can do also, or simply fill the pot in all the same colour, whichever you find easier.
I used the same technique as outlining for one of the plant leaves, rather than using coils, this was to add some extra whimsy and to make each plant a little bit different.
The joy of quilling is that there are so many options and ways to use the strips of paper. Play with the tension on your coils and the shapes that you can make with them as you work through your quilled paper plant art, and feel free to experiment!
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