Recently I have been greatly inspired by Yulia Brodskaya, an amazing paper quilling artist and I decided I would make some Monograms in her style of quilling. As I have never done quilling before, I didn't want to spend money on special quilling paper ( truth be told I couldn't find any at craft stores near me!) or a quilling tool. So I bought 10 different colours of card stock and cut them to size.

I had a couple pictures of Yulia's work, and I tried to make wavy patterns like she does on her stuff, but really It felt like doodling. Once I got how to work with the paper figured out, it took me half the time of the first one I did.

This is quite a fun relaxing craft and can feel quite zen like once you get the hang of it! I hope you enjoy my tutorial!

Step 1: Supplies

You will need :

- Round Toothpicks, I used about a dozen
- 10 sheets of different coloured paper ( I used card stock because that is what I could find in interesting colours)
- Paper cutter, or a ruler and exacto blade
- Elmer's Glue ( or tacky glue would be better but I used what I had)
- Computer and working printer
- 6-7 small weight things ( I used some paint containers and apoxie containers, and a package of sweet chili thai sauce... it was what was on hand...)
- Patience

<p>I really want to try this... Can't wait to get started. Thank you for the clear instructions.</p>
<p>Many years ago I worked on some quilling projects. I put my design under glass (with tape) and worked on my pattern. Do you think I could glue the letter onto glass and work on the design on the glass. When it is done, I could remove it w/ a straight edge razor blade (carefully). Do you think this would work?</p>
<p>I am not sure.. I think if you had enough points at which it was strongly joined then you could probably retain the shape easily enough. I might add tabs to some of the pieces, so there is a bit more bonding the paper to the exterior shape, but yeah, go for it. If it was me, I would probably start with something small, just so that if it didn't work out, then I wouldn't have spent a lot of time on something when the technique didn't fly. I have seen some really successful things done with putting a piece of stryofoam down and the pattern on top of that and then cellophane on top of that. Then, by using toothpicks around the exterior of the shape you can keep the paper in shape without having to glue it down to something, just gluing the sides or the edges of the paper to each other. I would love to see it, if you do try it out though!</p>
I'll let you know. I'm afraid by working directly onto the paper, the paper will be a mess before I'm finished. The Monogrammed outline is the only part I'm really worried about. Thanks for replying.<br>
<p>I think I may use this in my local groups craft get together. I just ordered an awesome quilling kit, but I like the idea of wider strips, and I have a bunch of card stock and a paper cutter. I think I will get canvas boards to do these on. Your letters are so whimsical. like ocean waves. thanks for sharing this.</p>
<p>i love quilling i don't have quilling tool thanku very much</p>
<p>Very well done, pics and instructions on point!</p>
<p>Just found quilling and loving it. Your tutorial was really good and answered questioned that I had and couldn't find answers for like the paper warping. Looking forward to more tutorials by you!</p>
I have never heard of quilling before. I have to say, I am impressed. This looks like a lot of fun! You did a great job, it turned out beautiful! I'm definitely going to give it a shot!
You did a beautiful job!! Wat size was the font you used?
Do you mind if I use one of your photos of your amazing work along with a link to your instructable in a &quot;where to go from here&quot; step at the end of a beginner's Quilling instructable I have been trying to make for about nine months?
Go for it!
I have just stumbled upon this beautiful craft and would like to ask, what would you recommend using to &quot;seal&quot; the completed art? A spray lacquer or a clear acrylic perhaps?
This is beautiful, thank you very much for posting.
That's great. I've done, more or less 10 years ago, with the same style, a simple (a lot simpler) greating card with flowers, but it was broken after a while. Maybe too little glue. This is very handsome, congratulations!
I have no idea about the longevity of this. I just used regular school glue. I guess time will tell!
These are absolutely gorgeous! After I finish all my projects for clients...I'm going to try these!! I love letters for decorating...so this will be so fun. Thank you for such a great I-ible. : )
Quilling is so pretty. I saw this -ible posted by a friend's friend on her Facebook wall. Congrats!
I love your creativity. It's so wonderful you are up there! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!<br>
Nice project, it's an entirely new one to me. Am I understanding correctly that you just glue the edge of the paper to the base paper, or is there some kind of support structure?
No support structure, just glue it down onto the paper. I think ( as this is my first project really with quilling) that you can make shapes with quilling without having a base to glue it onto, as long as you do it on a surface that glue won't adhere to. So basically I mean that if I had made what I did on say a piece of wax paper, and when it was dry I peeled off the wax paper, I think that the C would retain it's shape. The curly cues on the outside maybe not so much but the quilling contained in the letter probably would.
wow, very nice written on the wall,beautiful.i hope the cardboard stock and round toothpick did not cost much,i like it
Toothpicks were from the dollar store - so 1$ <br>If I had known from the beginning how little sheets of paper I would have needed I could have gotten away with buying 10 sheets of cardstock by themselves at 30 cents a pop that would bring me to 3.00. However because I thought I would need a lot for some reason I bought packages of assorted colours which cost me $8.00 total. So this was an extremely cheap costing craft. If you already have paper that are coloured all the way through ( not just printed on top so that will give you white edges instead of coloured..) It would be even cheaper, but my paper supply was low. However now I have a bunch of papers that I can do all sorts of stuff with!
Thanks so much for posting this instructable. I used to quill when I was young, and I think I'm missing it now! Also thanks for the link to Yulia's page, that is truly gorgeous work.
Excelent work... So creative and beautiful!!! thanks for sharing
Really quite lovely! I have always been fascinated by quilling and tend to doodle a great deal myself-I look forward to trying this out soon-I bet doing a portrait with a blown up photo behind a glass backing for template would be intriguing to play with and see what kind of abstract expression could come from it.<br>Thank you for the inspiration!
If you do that please share, I think that sounds like a great idea, and I would love to see it!
So beautiful! I've seen this before and thought it must be incredibly difficult! Maybe I'll just have to give it a try!
Simply amazing!

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