Popular styles of Paper Quilling

What makes paper quilling one of the most fascinating creative techniques is its versatility it allows you in creating your own distinct look. Quillers and artists from all over the world have reinvented this technique into one of the most exciting art & craft forms and a construction system with wide ranging applications. Quilling styles vary in difficulty level and their application may also differ based on your design.  Here we give you a glimpse of some of the most popular styles of quilling art and their usage:

  • Classic Quilling - The most commonly  practiced and must learn quilling style , which involves making  loose and tight circular coils using a slotted quilling tool. A quilling board is often used to help you create loose coils of desired size. You can them pinch them using a tweezer or hand to create different shapes.  You can then arrange these shapes in different patterns and stick them on a card, door hanger, name plate, photo frame, wall clocks or any other decorative surface to create your own masterpiece.

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    • 3D Quilling – This technique requires making a tight coil of more than 1 strips and then shaping it with a quilling mould . Depending upon the creation, you may have to make tight coils of anywhere from 3 to 30 strips. For example the below finger puppets body have been made using  3-4 strips, whereas making a Sun for Solar System may involve making 30 strip coils. There are no rules as such- it all depends upon the size and intricacy you want to achieve in your design. 3D quilling has also gained a lot of popularity due to its application in making quilling earrings and pendants. Super Quiller – the battery operated quilling tool, can also come in handy when you are looking for making coils of more than 1 strip.

    3D Quilling


    •  Constructor’s Quilling – An interesting spin-off of quilling, this technique involves making 2 dimensional planes using loose or tight coils. These planes are then glued to each other to create real life objects such as flower vase or mobile holders or a gift box. It also requires an understanding of basic structural principles to create a stable structure using this technique. Below is a simple example of this technique used to make a quilled swing.

     Plane Based Quilling


    • Loop based quilling – Another very popular technique, this requires the use of a quilling comb. It helps you achieve different shapes and and a unique looks which cannot be achieved by making coils using a slotted tool. A Quilling comb contains multiple needles, and the technique involves looping the quilling paper around the needles in different ways to create designs as illustrated below:


    • Quillography – Also known as paper illustrations, Quillography, is mostly practiced by advanced and professional quilling artists. This technique involves creating highly intricate designs by directly bending , shaping and sticking the quilling paper on a canvas board or similar surface. Several world renowned artists like  Yulia Brodskaya, Ayobola Kekere or Sena Runa  from across the world have created stunning illustrations using quilling. It requires a high level of skill and imagination similar to painting, pottery or sculpting.


    Classic Quilling is a good place to start, if you are new to paper quilling or want to learn paper quilling. Whatever is your preferred style, having access to right set of supplies and tools is extremely crucial in bringing your ideas to life. At Quill On, it is our continuous endeavour to make your creative journey , a lot more fun and exciting, with our innovative tools wide range of quilling papers and other items you may need in your quilling adventures. To make your experience more delightful and inspire your imagination, we also have a wide array of quilling projects and ideas on our website.

    So Explore, Create and get ready to say – “Look, What I made!”


      Quill On Team
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      1 Response


      July 04, 2016

      I didn’t know these steps though I passed thru d first three steps. I m happy to know it now. ?
      Thank you

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