Quilling Letter W – How to Make Symmetrical Leaves Tutorial

quilling letter w symmetrical leaves tutorial pattern



Quilling Uppercase Letter W - Symmetrical Leaves Tutorial


The uppercase letter w has some tricky corners. Your eye can tell if the top three straight segments are off, so I use a straight edge to keep them all aligned. Did you know there are two types of leaves shown here, but in reality they're easily made from the same method? Watch how in my latest tutorial video.







Quilling Lowercase Letter k - How to Outline Tutorial for a Monogram

quilling lowercase letter k - how to outline monogram tutorial and pattern



Quilling Lowercase Letter k - How to Outline




I always tackle the inner areas first when quilling letters. This is no different for the lowercase letter k, which has two inward projecting segments.

Watch how in my latest tutorial video.



Quilling Lowercase Letter j - How to Outline Tutorial for a Monogram

quilling lowercase letter j - how to outline monogram tutorial and pattern



Quilling Lowercase Letter j - How to Outline




The lowercase letter j is similar enough to the letter i, with just a small twist – easy enough to do when a simple rub-a-dub-dub.

Watch how in my latest tutorial video.







Quilling Lowercase Letter i - How to Outline Tutorial for a Monogram

quilling lowercase letter i - how to outline monogram tutorial and pattern


Quilling Lowercase Letter i - How to Outline


Sure, the bottom part of the lowercase letter i is easy enough for quilling, but how do you tackle the oval dot? I'll show you how in my step-by-step tutorial, and explain why I start where I do, how to make a seamless join, and how to make crisp, sharp, corners.

Find out in my latest tutorial video.






Book Review: Papercut Landscapes by Sarah King



Book Review: Papercut Landscapes by Sarah King


I'm giving the book, Papercut Landscapes, a huge thumbs up! I was not paid to do this review, nor did I receive a free copy of this book. I first heard about it from Ann Martin’s blog, All Things Paper, and then I requested at my local library. So if you want to support an author or artist, this is a great way to do that.

I was so inspired by Sarah's joy, which is evident throughout her examples, that I had to make a birthday card in her style. I was worried I didn’t have enough patience because I normally cut things with a machine, but I kept getting drawn by the warmth of images that were obviously handmade, so I just had to do it.


papercut landscapes drawing


My friend and I love to garden, and she loves bunny rabbits, so I drew a pair here, longing to pilfer. 


papercut landscapes pencil


Sarah uses pencil to draw her sketches, and thickens up the lines, so I started like that but then I used a Sharpie to get a consistent line thickness. 


papercut landscapes strathmore paper


Then she cuts out her template out of white card stock. I used this Strathmore Cream with deckled edge. It’s probably a little too thin, but since it’s a greeting card, I figured it’s ok.


papercut landscapes tracing


Sarah cuts her colours out of card stock, but I’m using Daiso paper. I didn’t have any transfer paper, so I just used a pencil and cut along the lines. Then I glued it with my fine tip glue bottle or sometimes I’d reach for a glue stick.


papercut landscapes birthday card


Sarah explains how to layer each section at a time, and you don’t have to cut every detail because you can overlap.


 Papercut Landscapes Book

Sarah gives a great explanation about how to transfer your image, tips on hand cutting, how to add highlights and shadows, colours, sketching, adapting photos, and includes templates for you to follow. As a fan of paper, I hope you’re as inspired by Sarah King's book, Papercut Landscapes, as I was! Let me know in the comments below!