- Strips are used to create the various shapes in graphic quilling and the strips are pasted directly on the backing. ( Probably, thicker paper 100 to 120 gsm is used but I have used regular printer paper for all my graphic work).
- I usually have the image outlined in pencil, and paste the outline strip on the pencil outline first.
- In order to fill the space I tear up the strips to the relevant size.
- Just as in the case of a pencil drawing the strips are pasted. A strip for a pencil line, in order to get the contour of the image.
- Dark and light shades are used to get the depth for the image just as in the case of pencil drawings.
- I generally keep the strip in the area I'm going to fill and get a sense of the length required and tear it accordingly.
- The twists and turns of the strip is used once again to bring out the contours of the object. For example if you want to show a curved surface you will curve the strips to the right and to show it is going in, you will curve it in the opposite direction and combine a few darker shade strips.
- I acquired a bit of knowledge by reading up on pencil drawing.
- When applying gum you have to use very little. Best is to use a toothpick and roll it along the edge, allow it to dry a bit and paste.
- I would not gum the whole strip if it is long, rather, I do it bit by bit.
- If you are using individual shapes like circles etc. it is better to make the shape and then paste it.
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Graphic Quilling - Tips
For those who wanted to know how I did Tinkerbell's hair and dress, here are a set of tips. Yulia Brodskaya is probably the one who developed this method. Her work is out of this world. I am only guessing at how it is done.