My kids have their exams going on and soon it will be vacation time. Every summer , classes are conducted at our local library for school children . This year classes for quilling is also being planned. I will not be teaching quilling , I have my English class each summer for the past seven years. The girl who has been asked to teach quilling is a fine arts graduate and Akhil's favourite drawing teacher.
Our co-ordinator asked me to make a quilled card to show people who come to enroll their kids for summer classes -since most of them have not heard of quilling. She wanted me to give an example of the basic shapes of quilling in my card. I have tried to use all the basic shapes in the flowers and the leaves ,a bud and a fringed flower to show some variations with tight coils.I included quilled letterings also to show how much more can be done with paper strips. It is just lack of further space on the card that stopped me from adding other techniques.
I like to recycle as much as I can ,I have cut an old wedding card in to strips for the basket. I rolled the strips and pinched them to make identical semi circles and stuck them on the flat side . It had a very rich shimmer on it and using the strips flat gives a nice effect.
Most of us know how to make a fringed flower , I include these steps for my non blogging friends who like everything to be in my blog.
To make the fringed flower- take a strip of half inch width and cut fringes with a scissor as shown . Stick a 5mm width strip to the fringed strip .(click on image to enlarge)
Roll the strips using a slotted tool starting with the 5mm strip and make a tight coil.Continue rolling the fringed strip over the tight coil.
Stick the end of the strip .
Press the fringes on all sides with your fingers ,here's a beautiful fringed flower with a tight coil center.
The news of the devastating earthquake and Tsunami in Japan brings very sad memories of the agony which lot of people in Tamil Nadu went through not many years ago. I end this post with thoughts and prayers to the people of Japan in these difficult times.