Hello, and welcome back to Jenna Gets Creative!
Sorry, no face cam intro today. August kind of snuck up on me and I haven’t finalized
all of my August videos yet, and I forgot the month changed over in the middle of my
upload week. Oops! [laughs] The face cam will be back next week, I promise.
Anyway, today is a crafting video, as I said it would be back on Tuesday. I recently got
some cheap paper quilling tools off AliExpress so I could try it out, and what you’re watching
it my first attempts. The leaf was my practise with filling a shape before moving on to the
“Back to School” sign, which I made in preparation for a contest I’m hosting over at Arts, Crafts
& DIYs Amino. If you’re interested in that, it’s open to absolutely everybody. Just join
ACDA on Amino Apps and you’re welcome to participate. You don’t even have to be a student! And if
you’re joining the community, I might even be the curator who officially welcomes you.
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But now, let’s get back on track. Paper quilling is an art form that originated during the
Rennaissance, when nuns and monks would use the cut edges of books to decorate the covers.
It became a noble woman’s hobby, and in modern times has spread to the masses as a common
way to decorate just about anything without spending too much. It mimics ironwork filigree
using strips of paper that is coiled or wrapped into shapes that can be combined to form larger
designs or artwork. In my experiments here, I’m using a quilling comb, a husking board,
and my basic slotted quilling tool. For the leaf and “back to school” sign I’ll do as
completed projects, I only used the slotted tool. I filled the leaf shape exclusively
with honeycomb or beehive scrolls, which is a series of S-scrolls made on a long a strip
using a slotted tool by twisting the paper in the same direction at different points.
If you want all of the scrolls on a strip to be the same size, you have to pre-measure
the points you’ll twist the strip at and make them all the same distance apart. I did this
by wrapping the strips around a ruler and pinching the edges hard so that it made creases
in the paper that would mark out where I needed to place the paper into the slot on the tool.
On the “Back to School” sign I tried filling the letters with various different coil and
scroll shapes, and I even attempted a simple rose, which I also made on the slotted tool.
This sort of craft definitely takes longer than I thought it would, but I’m hoping it’ll
go faster as I get better at it. I’d love to try making picture-type artworks with quilling
shapes rather than just filling letter outlines. Oh, by the way, I didn’t film my process making
the letter outlines because I already filmed the process making the leaf outline. I drew
the letter shapes directly on the paper, and made folds along the paper strips wherever
they would need to change direction before joining them up and gluing them down on the
paper. If I ever decide I want to do more lettering work with quilling, I’ll probably
pop down to the dollar store and pick up some lettering stencils to speed up that part of
the process. I’ve seen some video tutorials where the crafter in the video folded the
letter shapes into the stencils, and it looks much faster and produces a more consistent
shape. What interested me about quilling when I first
discovered it was that it reminded me of origami. I’ve loved origami ever since I first learned
how to fold a crane when I was about 6 or 7 years old. I loved making different simple
animals that only required a single sheet, and I especially enjoyed the ones that moved.
There’s a version of the paper crane that flaps its wings when you pull the tail, and
there’s a frog than can be made to jump when you flick your finger down on its rump. I
used to get in trouble in elementary school for distracting the other kids around me because
I was making these projects when I finished my class work. I never thought that was fair,
because I wasn’t doing it to put on a show or anything! If you ask me, the kids who were
watching me instead of doing their work were the ones who should have been scolded! [laughs]
My sixth grade teacher referred to what I was doing as “making paper” and I don’t think
he appreciated it when I corrected him and said I was folding paper. The paper had already
been made. Sorry Mr Demaro! One origami craft I never did learn as a kid,
though, was those tiny little “lucky stars” that were folded from strips like this and
then pinched to inflate. The Korean girls in my class always made them, and I don’t
know why, but they never wanted to show me how to make them. Starting when I was in eighth
grade, we hosted international students in our house, and the Japanese girls who stayed
with us often gifted me with origami papers and taught me different projects, but by then
I must have forgotten about the stars, because I never thought to ask them. I looked up the
instructions just now, and wow. It looks so simple! Definitely easier than the little
rose I tried out while I was doing these experiments. (Sorry, by the way, but I did the rose off
camera. It was way too fiddly to do at arm’s length the first time so that it would be
done under the camera!) Have you guys watching ever tried paper quilling
or origami? If you have, what are your favourite projects to do, or that you’ve made in the
past? If you haven’t, are you interested in trying? Would you like to see me do more videos
on quilling or origami? For those interested in the craft challenge
I made the “back to school” sign for, as I mentioned at the beginning, it’s taking place
in the Arts, Crafts, and DIYs Amino community on Amino Apps. Not sponsored, by the way,
but I’m a curator in that community. The contest is simply a themed arts and crafts contest
that runs August 1st to 7th. We’re encouraging people to make artwork, crafts, DIYs, etc.
with the “back to school” theme in mind. Amino coins, which are the app’s virtual currency,
and a custom title within the ACDA community are up for grabs as prizes. Absolutely anyone
can enter, and we’re accepting multiple entries per person, as long as each entry fits into
a different posting category. This, for example, fits into the “paper crafts” category. Hope
to see you there, and I’ll see you back here on Tuesday for another art video. Possibly
my August Colors of the Month piece. We’ll see if I get that done in time to edit for
Tuesday. Bye guys!