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Kiwifarmer 
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09-07-12 03:07 AM - Post#4008984    

How easy is this?

I like the look of this class here
http://www.mycreativeclassroom.com/course/info.php...

And just wondering if I have never quilled a porcupine or anything else could I handle it?

Love the look of the flowers on the calendar, and I could see me doing this. Do you need to use quilling paper? Is it special? There is a big number of colours required from the product list...

Do you think I could recreate any of these without doing the class? The flowers I think I could do....the quilling....not so sure.

Interested to see what your thoughts are

 
cjjohnson 
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09-07-12 05:06 AM - Post#4008998    
    In response to Kiwifarmer

I have a friend who does it. She uses the special paper. It seems like it's affordable and comes in a variety of colors.

I don't know about the classes. It's definitely a skill with little tricks, which takes time to learn. A class would no doubt speed the learning curve.

Good luck. The images were too small for my old eyes to see the quilling work. I can not offer an opinion on that.

 
RedSquirrel 
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09-07-12 05:07 AM - Post#4009002    
    In response to Kiwifarmer

That's one thing I've never tried. I'd be interested to see any answers too.

 
ScrappinTraveler 
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09-07-12 05:46 AM - Post#4009010    
    In response to RedSquirrel

I'd agree with CJ's friend - the best way would be to buy the paper already cut. Cutting them yourself could be a real issue because they all have to be the exact same width so that when you quill them they have a "flat" top. . . but then that might look kind of cool to have some a different height. Anyway, I'd rather buy a pack of paper then to try and cut them all into tiny strips :-). I hope you try it and show us the results!!

 
kaleidoscope 
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09-07-12 06:00 AM - Post#4009012    
    In response to ScrappinTraveler

I was thinking of trying it. We do have a quilling lot (under special crafts) at the fair. I trim all my paper to 11 3/4 just so it fits better in page protectors and is basically universal in size (remember when some of the old paper wasn't true 12 x 12?) and I have a bunch of strips because I save most of them and don't use them on every LO.
Anyway, they don't have to be all the same width. Scrap & Stamp Arts magazine just happens to have an article on it this month! (BTW - it's a typo on the cover - it says quilting.) It's important if you want it all to be the same height, but I think different heights could give it more interest depending on what type of design it is. Besides, you can start out with your own strips for practice before buying more paper. Especially if you have a huge stash. It does say 60-80 lb text weight paper is best because it's soft enough to coil and still hold its shape.
Also, you can look at your local library to see if they have any books on quilling. Me, I plan to just experiment and look around the web.

 
cindy312 
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09-07-12 07:31 AM - Post#4009050    
    In response to kaleidoscope

I've done a ton of quilling and have never bought the special paper. If you have an accurate trimmer, you can cut your own with no problem. I taught a workshop about it awhile back. You can read the handout here:

http://www.cindyderosier.com/2012/01/quilling-101....

 
cindy312 
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09-07-12 07:33 AM - Post#4009052    
    In response to cindy312

Oh, and I should add... the best paper to use is colored copy paper, like the kind you get at Staples or Office Max. Not scrapbook paper. The paper needs to be double-sided to get the correct look. Cardstock is too heavy. I buy the colored copy paper by the sheet (3 cents, I think) at Office Max. Last time, I asked for 2 pieces of each color they had.

Cindy

 
kaleidoscope 
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09-07-12 12:14 PM - Post#4009176    
    In response to cindy312

  • cindy312 Said:
Oh, and I should add... the best paper to use is colored copy paper, like the kind you get at Staples or Office Max. Not scrapbook paper. The paper needs to be double-sided to get the correct look. Cardstock is too heavy.



If you have the thinner papers it would be fine. I've gotten solid colors of paper in kits that are the same weight as the patterned paper. Or papers that have a very subtle design. The white side could be inked to closely match the colored side.

I know cardstock is typically too heavy (and definitely the heftier ones!) but I'm going to try it anyway. Going to mist the paper first when I do it.

 
Kiwifarmer 
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09-09-12 08:26 PM - Post#4009900    
    In response to kaleidoscope

Decided to flag it.

To get the supplies I needed was going to cost about $100 and I don't know if it's something I will carry on with. Pity I could not get anything cheaper, it looks so pretty, but lots of the flowers etc are with punches I already have instructions for I think.

 
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