2013/08/04

Quilling mosaic tutorial

По-русски читаем у Хомячка: МК по квадратной квиллинговой мозаике

This tutorial shows how to save time and energy while making LOTS of tiny quilled squares. Side of the square is about 5-6 mm. Imagine how you'd make them in ordinary way: take a strip, roll, use stencil to make them all of the same size, glue, shape... and reapeat that 500 times! =) Fun, yeah?
Save up to 60% of your time. Measure once and glue once for 20+ squares!


1. Take a piece of paper. Any type you like, the color you need, it may be not "special quilling" paper, just what you have of the solid color. Cut a rectangle 5-6 cm (2") wide and 10 cm (4") long ( the longer rectangles are not easy to deal with!)

2. Roll it as shown.

3. You get a long tube, straw or call it whatever you like. Use stencil now if you like. Or leave a piece of this tube (cut its tail) to compare with the next tube. Depending on the paper quality the same size rectangles may give absolutely identical tubes with no need of stencil use (which I hate, as you may know =)) )

4. Glue it. 

5. And squeeze! Make the tube FLAT! at all length.

6. Cut. Scissors, knife, wire-cutters - anything you like. If you have special fringe-cutting scissors - use them for the identical elements.
You can draw the lines how to cut, use any kind of "stopper" for your scissors or rely on your eyes only - cut the "strips" of the size you like from 1 to 5 mm. I cut 2 mm.
You can also make a fancy fringe, by the way, very cute effect! 

7. And squeeze again! The elements you made in the previous step are flat. Plave them between your fingers poining the angles right up and down. And squeeze so that these angles would come to meet each other in the middle. It's flat again, but the element has got 4 angles now. Slightly move your fingers to make the square.

Meditation....

You get squares. Of absolutely identical perimeter. They must be the same. You can only get some difference if you shape them badly in the previous step, so you can fix it by resqueezing.
That's it. Glue them in columns, lines or whatever you may think of! 

8. A tip for passionate fans of precut strips due to their similar width.
Yes, you cut your squares with scissors and their "height" may vary. 0,2-0,5 mm you hardly notice, BUT it's revealed by any macro-photo or by touch. So what you can do to hide those 0,1 mms?
It's easy. Arrange your mosaics UPSIDE DOWN. I mean you glue the squares to each other, NOT to the background at first. When you glue them - place them on any smooth and flat surface (eg table) that won't stick to your squares, and use that surface to press the squares DOWN tightly. When you're finished - turn OVER! The "face" that touched the table beofre you turned the creation will be smooth and flat! And all the errors and misfortunes of uneven cuts and heights are now underneath your creation! Glue the mosaics to the background - and noone ever will find out that the squares had different height!

Have fun and happy quilling!
Come joihn us at quilled mosaics challenge!!!

4 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing the tutorial, Aljona! I like so much your quilled pacman, I was wondering how you got all your shapes so even! Mystery solved!

    Have a great week!
    Manu

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