Quilling on Canvas




Introduction: Quilling on Canvas

Bored during quarantine? Wanna do something fun, exciting and time consuming that will be sure to end up looking great? Well then why not try quilling on canvas! Quilling on Canvas is a simple and complex project where you put quilling paper on a canvas to create projects for decoration.


- Quilling paper

- Quilling Pen

- Glue

- Canvas

- Paint

- Scissors

- Paint brush

- Tape/Washi Tape

- Pencil & Eraser

Step 1: Video

The video is placed above for you to view, and it would help clear any misunderstanding that you may have. The video would be better as the final couple of steps are better when visually seen than read.

Step 2: (Extra) Basic Skills of Quilling

Before starting, you might want to use some basic quilling techniques for YOUR designs, although I have not used any in my design, as I thought it would be best if the quilling paper was simple in the contrasting background. Some basic skills would be the tight circle, loose circle, and teardrop. They are all very simple to do, since you only need your quilling paper and quilling pen. A visual explanation of this can be found in the video from 1:10 to 3:20.

Tight Circle: You are going to insert the end of the quilling paper into the space in the pen, and then just start rotating the pen while keeping the paper together. When the paper has been rolled into a circle, you carefully remove it from the pen, and then add glue to the end of the quilling paper to glue it all together.

Loose circle: For this you will have to place the end of a short quilling paper into the pen, and then roll a little bit. After that you will remove the small circle from the pen, and then let it roll out itself. That is basically a loose circle, however, if you want to glue it somewhere, like the example shows, then you can glue it as the shape won’t hold for a long time.

Teardrop: You are basically going to combine the skill of the tight circle, and loose circle, and a little bit of pinching. When you have your tight circle ready, NOT GLUED together, you will hold the circle between your thumb and index finger, and let it loosen up a little bit. When it has loosened up, you will find the end, and pinch the circle as whole creating a raindrop. The final step here is to glue the end to the whole piece.

Step 3: Rough Drawing of Background

Start by using a pencil to roughly draw the shape background you want to use, as this will help have more precision for the next step. Although this step is not mandatory, it is recommended.

Step 4: Taping

Then tape place a piece of tape on the canvas according to the desired shape you want. For the first project, I have used a diagonal slit. While for the second canvas, I decided to tape a square. However, as seen in the third project, you don’t even need tape, you can just draw three circles, or the desired shape.

Step 5: Painting

Then pour the paint colour you want, and start painting. For the first canvas I have decided to paint it pink, and the second canvas is blue. But for the last canvas, I followed the circles drawn in the first step. Nothing hard here. When you have painted, I recommend adding another layer of paint.

Step 6: Remove Tape

Then remove the tape that you had.

Step 7: Second Colour

Now, add another trip of tape to add the second colour like the image shows. I have also decided to add two layers of colour to the second section. For the second project, the square one, I had to add two squares so I had to make sure that the colours didn’t touch each other.

Step 8: Rough Drawing of the Design

Now roughly draw the design you want to show using quilling paper. For the green & pink canvas, I decided to add a row of leaves on a stem. For the second one, the canvas which includes two squares, I decided to add a flower that stretched from the right to the left. Finally, for the last project, I went a little complex, and decided to draw three different types of flowers.

Step 9: 'Quilling'!!

Time to get your quilling pen, quilling paper, and glue. This step is the hardest part, but once you get the jist of it, it’s going to be pretty easy. You basically just add glue to the tip of the quilling, and trace the line drawing you created. Here you can use the skills of quilling mentioned before the procedure.

Step 10: FINISHED!

When you have done glueing every strand, you are done!

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    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    10 days ago

    These are cute! I love the flower ones with the color behind the petals :)