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Learn how to Glue, Mat, and Body Quilling


Not too long ago, a reader wrote to ask tips on how to body quilling. I answered her with plenty of ideas and realized others could be looking for a similar information… thus, this submit. I hope it should show you how to too, and if in case you have further gluing/matting/framing questions please submit them in a remark and I’ll do my greatest to reply.


framed quilled topiary in woven paper basket 


Included under are photographs of my very own tasks to point out that there are lots of methods to go about framing quilling. A mat isn’t all the time mandatory, neither is glass. It comes down to private choice and the body you’ll be able to discover… I have been noticing provide chain shortages at my typical haunts. The quilled topiary above has no mat or glass, is about fifteen years outdated, and appears the identical because the day I completed it.


First Issues First:


Quilling is gradual going… for those who consider the variety of hours you’ll spend in your challenge, it is value it to decide on the very best high quality
mat and body your price range will enable to do justice to your work.


Earlier than you start a challenge, estimate its general completed dimension. In case you’ll be buying a ready-made body from a U.S. retailer like TJ Maxx, Marshalls, or Kohls – I’ve had good luck in any respect three – they’re often a regular dimension, akin to 4″ x 6″, 5″ x 7″, 8″ x 10″, or 11″ x 14″. 


In case your quilling will likely be an uncommon dimension or very massive, your greatest wager is to buy on-line. Having the piece customized framed at a neighborhood store is the best solution to go for probably the most skilled look, however will probably be expensive.

quilled pea plant in sqaure, shiny metal frame

I discovered this titanium shadow field body at Marshalls and determined to forego the glass it got here with to permit the peas to spill outward onto the body itself.

What sort of body?


The most well-liked sort of body for quilling, particularly if you wish to have it behind glass, is a shadow field. If the quilling consists of many layers and you’ve got quilled with vast strips, you may want to make use of a deep shadowbox body, available at huge field craft shops akin to Michaels and Joann. 


This body at Michaels in black is obtainable in a wide range of sizes, most of which have a depth of 1.5 inches and there may be additionally a equally deep white body. Rectangles and squares can be found.


three-pack of white rectangular shadow box frames


Michaels shops additionally promote a 3-pack of 8″ x 10″ shadow field frames in black or white which have a depth of about 1.2 inches. A good friend depends on them for quilled marriage ceremony invites and says they’re good high quality and constantly in inventory.


I’ve had good luck with an IKEA Hofsta birch body that I ordered on-line; is can be in inventory in some IKEA shops. Relatively than glass, it comes with an acrylic sheet. I used to be pleasantly stunned by the body fashion, the included acid-free mat, and the affordable worth.

three quilled butterflies on rectangular picture frame


For this butterfly body child present, I glued the quilling immediately onto the body to order the opening for {a photograph}.


Glass or not?


Quilling doesn’t need to be positioned behind glass, however many individuals choose glass because it presents a layer of safety, particularly the non-glare sort that additionally blocks UV rays. What’s most necessary is to hold or place quilling in oblique gentle, away from a window in order that the quilling strips and background paper will likely be much less more likely to fade. Additionally keep away from excessive humidity areas akin to a toilet or kitchen. 


Observe: select acid-free quilling strips. You may discover the most effective shade choice on-line.


framed wedding invitation with all-white quilled design

linen mat and non-glare glass

If glass isn’t used, it is a lot simpler to discover a body as there is no want to fret about depth. Sure, the quilling will get dusty, however simply blowing on it – not kidding! – or dusting evenly with a feather duster will preserve it trying effective for years. 

black and white quilled wedding invitation in silver rectangular frame

customary body; no glass

All About That Base: Mat Board or Cardstock


use a bit of acid-free mat board as your quilling background. Not
solely is mat board robust, however it’s out there in virtually limitless
colours and textures. Some sorts are even fabric-covered… I’ve used each silk and linen mat boards on the request of purchasers and there is no denying that the richness they supply are value the additional value.

three quilled snowflakes on double mat wedding invitation


Test along with your native body store as it could have mat board remnants which might be moderately priced. When you’re there, have a look at framing choices to get concepts. For instance, together with a minimize mat – or perhaps a double or triple mat – provides an expert look. 


Framers are in a position to minimize mat openings with sq. or rounded corners and beveled edges or not because of digital cutters. You could be stunned on the variety of prospects!


detail of quilled wedding invitation mat with rounded corner cut out

In case you choose to make use of cardstock as your base, select the
sturdiest piece you will discover. A sheet of bizarre paper or light-weight cardstock
will most definitely ripple, particularly if you’re heavy-handed
with glue – many quillers are when first studying. (It
would not take lengthy to find that much less is extra relating to glue and quilling!)


quilled grapevine in gold wood rectangular frame

This grapevine was an experiment for which I used a sheet of light-weight metallic paper because the background. Even with making use of simply tiny quantities of glue, over time the paper has developed a number of waves. There isn’t any glass within the body, however I think the ripples would have appeared even when there was.

Bazzill Fundamentals
is a well-liked sturdy cardstock model that has a canvas-like floor. Packages can be found in lots of colours on Amazon and it’s offered by the sheet on Scrapbook.com

hand holding fanned out swatches of colorful Bazzill cardstock

Gmund wooden grain cardstock is closely textured. I used it for a framed marriage ceremony invitation right here.

examples of wood grain cardstock sheet colors


Stampin’ Up cardstock is one other sturdy model. It has a clean floor and may be very good high quality.


A totally completely different sort of background to contemplate is Arches paper. It’s the sort the calligrapher I’ve collaborated with on marriage certificates and ketubahs recommends. The sheets are heavyweight with a beautiful, clean floor, plus I am a fan of the deckle edges.  


cream and gold quilling on wedding ketubot with text written incalligraphy

 calligraphy by Riva Brown of Dwelling Letters Studio


What sort of glue? 


favourite quilling glue is that this clear gel adhesive
as a result of it would not develop a floor pores and skin in comparison with white craft glue, like Elmer’s.
It has no odor and, like high quality quilling paper, is acid-free. It’s removed from the one sort of glue that can work properly, nevertheless. Any glue that’s labeled as appropriate to be used with paper will do. Subsequent time I run out, I plan to strive Aleene’s Acid-Free Cheesy Glue or Scotch Fast-Drying Cheesy Glue that can be acid-free as I’ve heard good issues about each.


technique of making use of glue to a coil is to place a dab on a
plastic lid, then choose up only a very small quantity with the tip of a pin or paper piercing instrument. Many quillers choose to
use an ultra-fine tip glue applicator.

In case you have quilled a medallion, for instance, assemble it into a whole unit earlier than gluing it onto your background mat board or cardstock. This may assist to forestall stray glue marks that may consequence from dropping particular person coils onto the floor. I often apply a light-weight coating of glue to the again of my challenge with a fingertip; a brush can be utilized for those who choose. Apply the glue in strategic locations reasonably than throughout your entire floor.


What a couple of fixative?


It is not mandatory to use a fixative though if it brings you peace of thoughts, brushable Liquitex Varnish is accessible in Gloss or Matte. I personally choose the Matte sort as then the paper retains its pure look. Apply one or two very gentle coats, by no means an excessive amount of without delay, as the
software might trigger coil facilities to swell. 


I’ve usually heard quillers say they use Krylon spray varnish… there are a variety of sorts to strive. With any fixative, do a trial run to see how your quilling strips and coils will react.


Questions or ideas for all of us to take pleasure in? Simply remark under.


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