I wanted to make something unique for my husband. I'd wanted to try
paper quilling since I saw that quilled paper flower on my great aunt's
wall when I was little (no one seems to know what happened to it -
My husband had been commenting that his office wall was bare.
He's very into Linux, and this is Tux, the Linux mascot.
The Tux design
belongs to Larry Ewing, firstname.lastname@example.org, who drew it using The GIMP.
I simply quilled it so my husband could enjoy it on his wall. Here's
I found colored paper to match the colors in Tux, and cut it into very
In retrospect, acid
free, non-fade, archival quality paper would have been a better choice than some of the
paper I ended up with. Look at how faded parts of the quilling project
are in the larger photo above, taken about 7 years after I made it, as
compared to the photo of Tux's face, that I took when I made it. If you're going to put hours into quilling a project,
research your materials.
I printed Tux a size that would fit the frame
I bought. Next I pinned the paper to a thin sheet of foam I found at a
craft store; it was an ideal flat pincushion for quilling. Then I rolled,
glued, and folded a LOT of little quilled shapes to fill in Larry's
pattern, carefully put a few dots of
glue on each one with a large sewing needle, and pinned them next to
each other so the glue could dry. It's a paper mosaic.
I never bothered to count how many quilled pieces went into the whole
thing, but this close-up of one foot gives you an idea of how time
consuming paper quilling can be.
If you have a project in mind, plan
ahead so you can bring your cut paper, a pin or toothpick, and a
tiny glue bottle with you if you're going to be in any sort of waiting
room. I made shapes while a passenger in the car too, but don't suggest
using anything too sharp to apply glue in a moving vehicle.
See the long sheets of paper
sticking out the top of the paper quilling project? I used unrolled strips of paper to
define the edges and provide a more solid structure to glue all the
little bits to, and to help give it support when I unpinned it and put
it in the frame. I had to glue it very carefully so the glue
didn't attach it to the pattern behind it.
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