Category: Paper Art

Start Quilling Your Own Art

Quilling is the art of using paper strips to create various shapes to form a decorative design. I started learning Quilling a couple years ago and have since fallen in love with using paper as an art medium. It’s very versatile and you’re only limited by your imagination. With a little patience and practice, anyone can learn how to quill beautiful intricate pieces.

To get started, you’ll need a few supplies. Here are the ones I recommend:

Paper Strips

Quilling can be done with a variety of paper types and sizes. The most common size is 3mm or 1/8th.

Other popular sizes are 5mm (1/5th), 7mm (1/4th), and 10mm (2/5th).

I love using these metallic papers! They come in a variety of iridescent colors.

JUYA Metallic Paper Quilling Set 

Another favorite paper pack I use are these basic paper strips:

Juya Paper Quilling Set 720 Strips 36 Colors 


Slotted Quilling Tool

A slotted quilling tool is going to be your primary tool for quilling your paper strips. As the name indicates, it has a small slot at the end making it easy to grip the paper and curl it into a coil.

UYA Quilling Slotted Tools with Stainless Steel Head (3-pc set, Blue)

Quilling Needle

Can be used to apply glue to the quilling pieces or used to help position the quilled shapes.

Quilled Creations Quilling Paper Needle Tool


These are used for grasping small paper pieces that are otherwise difficult to pick up.

Quill On Quilling Tweezers – Set of 2 – Quilling Tools-Combo Of Fine Tip Tweezer And Self Closing Tweezer- Essential Quilling Tool

Quilling Comb

Quilling combs can be used to create unique intricate shapes:

Quilled Creations Quilling Comb

Hand-operated Quilling Crimper

Is used to crimp the paper strips into waves:

DOYOLLA Hand-operated Paper Quilling Crimper, Paper Slip Wave Shape Making Quilling Tool

The History of Quilling

What is Quilling? Quilling is the art of using paper strips to create various shapes to form a decorative design.

The practice of quilling has been around for centuries and used by people of all backgrounds around the world.

Monks during the time of the Renaissance used quilling to decorate book covers and religious items.

In the 18th century, woman in Europe used quilling on jewelry boxes, frames, baskets, and purses. Young ladies were often taught how to quill as a proper pastime for the upper class. During this time, Quilling was more known as a type of filigree and wasn’t called quilling until it was later introduced into the American colonies. Some believe the term Quilling came about because those who partook in the hobby sometimes used a goose quill to roll the paper strips.

Old book, quill and black ink

Today, there are a plethora of tools and uses for quilling. At first glance, quilling may seem daunting and complicated. However, once you learn the basic shapes, and with a bit of patience and practice, it’s easy for anyone to create intricate designs. Ready to start your masterpiece? Join me on Patreon and I’ll teach you how to get started!