How To Make A Paper Quilled Monogram.
The Paper Quilled Monogram
Quilling is a papercraft that has been around for hundreds of years and is still popular today. Rolling paper strips into beautiful works of art is easy enough even for beginners to achieve impressive results. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get started with this craft either. All you need is paper, glue and a round object such as a toothpick or a bamboo skewer to curl the paper strips.
Many crafters make quilled monograms to give as wedding gifts, or to use as wall decor. The famous Yulia Brodskaya is the graphic designer turned paper artist who initially started the quilled monogram craze. Her original works were an inspiration and started an entirely new art form–turning typeface into typographical quilled art design.
Card stock or precut quilling strips in desired colors
A thick sheet of cardstock or board to use as the background
A sheet of Card stock for background
Craft paper trimmer
Mod Podge or tacky glue
Paper Plate or old plastic container
Shadowbox Picture Frame
Print Your Outline
Print your letter of choice in a light gray color onto the cardstock background.
An alternative method is to print the letter filled with black onto a sheet of paper, and then place the black letter print behind the piece of paper you plan to use as the monogram background. Place both sheets against a window and trace the letter with a pencil by hand onto the cardstock background. Make straight lines with a ruler and pencil tracing over the transfer pencil marks.
Erase any dark or stray pencil marks.
Cut the Paper Strips
Choose card stock in colors you plan to incorporate into your design.
Cut one-quarter inch wide paper strips with a paper cutter from the colored card stock.
You can buy precut quilling strips online or at the craft store if you want to skip this step. The choice is yours.
Shape the Paper Strips
Decide what the design of the inside of your letter will be. It helps to look at photos for inspiration and make a preliminary quick thumbnail sketch for the layout of your monogram.
Make your shapes using a toothpick or quilling tool. Take your paper strip and wind it around your toothpick into the shape desired. Place a bit of glue onto the end of the paper strip to hold the shape in place. If you want a tighter more compact paper shape, roll it tightly. If you want a looser paper shape, roll it loosely.
It is a good idea to practice making different shapes until you get the hang of it. It takes some effort and patience to master the art of paper quilling, but if you are persistent, you will quickly be making lovely works of art.
Glue the Quilled Paper Strips
here is one important concept to remember when gluing your quilling strips: “Less is more” is the number one rule when it comes to gluing quilling strips to your baseboard. Too much glue can ruin your project, so be careful. Some people use a small brush to apply glue to the bottom of the quilling strips and then place and hold the strips onto the background until the paper pieces can stand up on their own.
Other people find that placing the quilling strips onto a paper plate with glue and then placing on the background works better for them. You have to practice and decide which method works for you.
Just remember to use a light touch when applying the adhesive to your paper strips.
Frame the Finished Quilled Monogram
After you have finished your project, you will want to place your quilled monogram into a frame. If you use a regular picture frame you will have to remove the protective glass from the front. There simply isn’t enough room to allow for the raised surface of the quilled paper in a standard frame. If having the piece protected by the glass is important to you, you will find that a shadowbox frame will solve your problems. Shadowbox frames have an inch or more depth under the protective glass and are perfect to frame your quilled art piece.