We’ve dabbled in origami and tissue paper crafting but I’ve been intrigued by “Quilling” (kind of the art of twirling paper fancily) ever since I first saw it featured last April,on the The Outlaw Mom’s Blog as part of her “CRAVE IT. COVET. LOVE IT.” Series.
So, I bought all the stuff the craft store aisle implied I needed by its mere presence in the “quilling” section and promptly stuffed my own stocking with it.
Our son’s birthday party is coming around AGAIN and he wants another Super Hero party. We love themed parties and we love Super Heroes so we’re looking forward to this one after last year’s!
This year our 4-year old son is the primary Super Hero Instructor at his own personalized Super Hero Training Academy. That post will be out sometime next month.
We always try to create our own activities and props which saves a lot of money and also gets the kids excited and invested in their parties in the weeks leading up to the big celebration of their arrivals.
I reasoned that this was as good a time as any to try to learn to quill and make a Super Hero sign for our front door.
So, I sat down last night, read the instructions, messed up a few coils and then completed my very first quilling project!
He’s not perfect by a long-shot.
And, I don’t really have any tips or tutorials for you other than it takes a few screw-ups to figure out how to get the coils where you want them at first.
And, there is an art that I have not yet mastered that enables one to emplace glue in a way that doesn’t smudge or crust or ruin the effect.
I didn’t have a template- just an image in my mind of my little boy, wearing his beloved Clark Kent curl and his cape (which is why his initial is on the front of the costume)- so all I can tell you is that I built the image as I went and then just filled up the empty space between the coils.
No real plan.
See how easy this is?
I only offer this up to you to show you that you can create some pretty cool stuff
if you’re willing to just dive in and screw up a few coils with sticky fingers before making something you love.
I was “Super” intimidated by the look of quilled art before breaking out the tools- which explains why it took nearly a full month to just open the packaging and read the instructions.
Our son is just tickled at this paper rendition of him.
It isn’t pristine at all. There are definitely some amateurish flaws- but to our little boy, it is just perfect.
And, I am well aware that my lack of a template or clear artistic vision resulted in a bouffant resembling the fuzzy turban of one of Queen Elizabeth’s Palace Guards, or perhaps the image is less Superman and more Napoleon Bonaparte in his jammies….but, I only had two goals when I set out to make this for my little boy:
1) Learn How To Quill and
2) Quill a Clark Kent Curl
There is our son at the local kids’ hair salon where he asks for “The Clark Kent” haircut and they totally give it to him.
And here is how I “Quilled” Superman’s curl to match my baby boy’s:
There is still a lot of learning to be done when it comes to paper crafting- but I have to say, I think quilling may have just become a new hobby. (Because I need another one of those).
Just, whatever anyone does, DO NOT buy me crochet needles or sewing machines or woodworking or distressing tools.
I AM TOTALLY INTERESTED IN LEARNING ABOUT YOUR HOBBIES!!!
WHAT ARE THEY?
DO YOU DIVE IN OR DO YOU RESEARCH THEM OUT FIRST?Pin It