Tuesday, 24 May 2011

My first sincere try at Quilling

It had been a while since I had purchased my quilling kit and I had got the basic shapes right; at least as close to the pictures in the instruction booklet as I could. When I had purchased the beginner kit, I also bought a few extra strips just for practice, and I made sure I made good use of them.

Once I had enough "practicing," I decided to make something out of it; something I could actually give someone. Actually, the project didn't start this way. I had purchased a few books from the same store where I got my quilling supplies and I read about the Looping technique and decided to give it a try.

I picked one strip in white and two in blue and began. Pretty soon, I had made something that could be used as a butterfly's wing! I was ecstatic and went on to make three more. So I had four wings for the butterfly. I also made its body and its antenna and bam! There was a pretty butterfly right in front of me!!!

Now, just making the butterfly wasn't enough. I needed something to mount the butterfly on. In the kit, there was also this card stock cut out that could be folded to make a tiny box, and it was pastel blue in colour, like chart paper. Since my butterfly was blue, I decided to let the box be bluish but it looked very lifeless to me.

So I decided to paint it. And then I glued the cut out together the way it was supposed to be glued to make it into a box, added a few regular flowers using a tight coil and petals using marquises. I also tried my hand at making folded roses using both, 10mm and 3mm strips.

It's a little over done, but I guess that's alright.

I gave the box to someone really really special (obviously! :D) and I also put a note in it! :)

Here's what it looked like once it was done.

- Nikita.

Saturday, 7 May 2011

How it all began

During one of my outings to the mall, I casually strolled into the Hobby Ideas store and checked the collection out. I don't remember what I bought, but I'm sure that I bought something. There was a section of the store that had Quilling supplies. At that time, I didn't even know what Quilling was, but somehow it stuck with me. Months later, on another visit I bought a starter kit from the store and tried a few basic shapes following the instructions in the booklet that came with the kit. This is what turned out..

Not my best work, but I had just started off. Then, I tried making a few flowers..

Day after day, month after month, I kept practicing and learning through books, videos, and blogs and I got better.

This blog is about my Quilling journey - my experiments with various projects, techniques, designs; and other card making projects that I undertake which have a little bit of quilling at least.

Coming up, my first quilling project. :)

- Nikita.