Hi everyone, it's Gwen back again today to share a fun new technique for using your stencils... paper quilling! At least ten years ago, there was a little mini-trend for using quilling in cards and scrapbooking. Never one to not at least try a new trend, I jumped in and learned the basics, used it a few times, and then put all my supplies in a box and didn't touch it again until now. That box somehow survived several very large supply purges (usually timed with large moves) but now I'm glad I held onto it!
Fast forward... I was browsing on Pinterest recently and came across a gorgeous paper peacock feather. I thought I could make something similar using my old quilling supplies, but I wanted some kind of template to follow. Light bulb moment! I took out my 6x6 Peacock Feather stencil by Kae Pea - absolutely perfect for this project. Here's what I came up with:
My quilling skills were pretty rusty, so I was really pleased with how well it turned out!
For those who would like to give it a try, here's a quick tutorial on how to do something similar.
To start, I used pencil and lightly traced my design onto watercolor paper (or any heavy paper, that was just handy) - I needed to have guidelines to build my shape. If you're trying it for the first time, you might want to go with a less detailed stencil while you practice (it would be really fun to take a large, open shape and fill it with paper doodles!) Then as you can see below, I started filling in from the middle out. The only "quilled" shapes were the center of the feather, and I just did loose circles and then shaped them into crescents to match the pattern from the stencil. The rest is all just loops.
I hope you enjoyed today's project - if you want to give it a try, please come back and post your results! I'd love to see what others do with this. In the meantime, I'm going to keep practicing :)
Until next time... thanks for stopping by!