Quilling, the art of creating intricate designs from simple rolled paper shapes, has made a big come-back in paper crafting, scrapbooking, and card making. To get started quilling, you will need just a few basic supplies. Remember that you can click on any of the pictures below to see them full-size and in greater detail.
1. Quilling Board - Sizing Cork Board
Since quilling involves rolling strips of paper into spirals, a quilling board helps you ensure that all of your spirals are the same size. You can roll a tight coil and then let it open up to be the size of any of the circles on the board. Some quillers use straight pins to hold pieces to the board. The large open space on the right is an area where you can experiment with different designs of the basic shapes. If you are just getting started and want to make very simple designs, you might be able to get away with making your own quilling board as I did in the article Rolled Paper Flowers - Basic Quilling for Scrapbookers.
2. Slotted Quilling Tool
Most people like to use a slotted end tool to roll their paper strips when they are creating quilling designs. The slot allows you to place one end of the paper through the tool when you turn it to make a coil. All slotted tools will work with regular weight paper strips, however if you wish to work with cardstock weight paper, then you might have trouble fitting the paper into the slot. Look for a slotted tool with a slightly larger opening so that you will be able to work with heavier weight papers.
3. Paper Quilling Strips
Paper quilling strips come pre-cut in colorful bundles or cut lengths in clear plastic tubes. These paper strips which have been cut specifically for quilling are a lighter weight paper that is easy to roll, glue, and attach to your designs. You can very easily cut your own paper strips from the patterned paper or cardstock in your scrapbooking supplies. Cardstock will be slightly more difficult to roll, however it will give you very strong designs that hold up well in scrapbooks and on greeting cards. To make your own strips, simply use your paper trimmer to cut 11 or 12 inch long pieces that are only 1/8 inch wide.
4. Liquid Glue
When you have a rolled coil the size that you want it to be for your design, you will need to add a dot of liquid glue to hold it in place. Look for glues that have a pen size opening to make it easy to apply the glue directly to the paper strip. You can also pour a spot of liquid on a disposable plate or scrap of paper and use a toothpick to apply a dot of glue to your paper strip.
5. Piercer Tool and Tooth Picks
If you paper is too thick of a slotted tool, you may decide to use a paper piercing tool or even just a simple toothpick to roll your paper strips. The toothpicks also come in handy for applying liquid glue.
6. Must Have Basics
If you simply want to give quilling a try with some very basic designs, then the most important tools for you to have are just paper strips, a few round tooth picks, and some good liquid glue. With these basic tools you can easily make all of the Basic Quilling Shapes. After you have mastered the basic shapes, be sure to also try your hand at Simple Quilling Designs - Combining Basic Shapes.