Learn to Quill: The Art of Modern Quilling

Celebrating All Thing Paper's TENTH Anniversary!

Can you believe how quickly the years have flown? Almost as fast as paper strips can be rolled into beautiful domes like these, as seen in Erin Curet's new quilling book! The blogging landscape has changed a lot, but I'm happy to say All Things Paper is still going strong. I find as much joy in highlighting topics about the latest and greatest on the paper art and craft scenes as I did in 2009.

colorful rolled paper beads

I was curious to reread my very first post, Hello There, and was pretty darn pleased to see that I've stuck to my initial mission throughout the years. It has always been important to me to feature the 'new'... because isn't new what we all like? The next big thing, the emerging talent, the fresh take on an old art or craft.

montage of colorful squares of quilling paper strips

Each time I hit the Publish button - more than a thousand times now (1156 to be exact!) I still feel a little thrill. Bringing paper enthusiasts together is the best feeling, and my hope is that you will continue to find these posts enlightening. Speaking of which, let's get on to today's feature... a brand new how-to-quill title from Quarry Books, The Art of Modern Quilling by Erin Curet, who is known for her bold use of color.

cover of The Art of Modern Quilling 

I've always felt that Erin is a true compatriot of mine in the quilling world because both of us gravitate toward modern designs that are purposeful. I found myself smiling along with her words from the very first paragraph... If I see a paper project that involves pins of any kind, I inwardly cringe and avert my eyes. Don't misunderstand, she does indeed use traditional quilled shapes and tools to create the projects in this book, but often substitutes household items for standard tools and sometimes makes her own - in fact, via this book, Erin teaches you how to make them too.

traditional quilling shapes arranged on white board

She aptly describes the fifteen projects spread throughout the 128 page paperback as useful, whimsical, and gift-able. The chapters are set up in such a way that the lessons build on one another with designs that give you the chance to use your newfound skills. There are several simple projects that are perfect for beginners... my fave would have to be these cute and colorful wine glass charms... sure to be conversation starters at your next party.

colorful wine glass quilled wine charms

Erin enjoys making quilled jewelry as much as I do - in fact, she made a project from my quilled jewelry book - the Leafy Vine Pendant using peach and beige papers (click to see it about two thirds down the page) - and her take on it received many glowing comments when I shared it all around on social media.
 Back cover of The Art of Modern Quilling book showing colorful quilled projects

You'll find several earring and necklace designs in Erin's book, including a string of round-as-a-ball paper beads and a striking pair of earrings that I plan to make soon. The other jewelry piece I'm especially drawn to is called Dewdrop Necklace... it's essentially paper chain maille! An ambitious project for sure, the end result is a real standout. Sneak peek below in the upper left corner. (Note that the tree is not a project in the book, but all of the others are.)

colorful quilled paper projects including a tree, mandala, jewelry, retro tv, butterflies and beads

In addition to step-by-step instructions and photos, Erin drills down into the tiny necessities of neat quilling, such as positioning the cut/glued end at the pointed tip of a coil rather than any ol' place, and when gluing two coils together, adhering the cut ends to one another so they don't show as readily. It's little tips like these that will make your results exceptional.

colorful quilled mandala clock

There are a number of home decor projects including wall art, a candle holder, and the gorgeous clock mandala shown above. As Erin says, "the repetition required will force you to take a deep breath, slow down, and enjoy the process." How true that is!

quilled pink, aqua, purple and black floral stem design

Erin is known in the quilling world for her dense and colorful paper mosaics. The beauty above is also a book project and another is an impressive butterfly mobile. I tested out Erin's directions by making a mini butterfly (below) and adhered it to a card that I made as a variation of the one shown in my previous post, Quilling a Bridal Shower Card.

quilled butterfly on watercolor greeting card

The Art of Modern Quilling is available via Erin's Little Circles shop, as well as Amazon and Book Depository. There is always free worldwide shipping at the latter.


And now a Double the Fun Giveaway!


covers of two how-to quill books, The Art of Modern Quilling and The Art of Quilling Paper Jewelry

Erin will personally be sending a signed copy of The Art of Modern Quilling to one lucky person with a U.S. mailing address. And I will do the same with my most recent book, The Art of Quilling Paper Jewelry. That's right, the winner will receive both books - it's an inspiring twofer!

To enter, all you need to do is post a comment below now through Saturday, March 9, 2019. If you would like to sign up for our mailing lists, that would be mighty nice too. Just scroll to the bottom of our sites where you will see a sign up box. Erin's site is littlecircles.net.

quilled domed coils in many shades of blue, purple, pink, and green

Note that Blogger does not show me the email address you type into the comment form with your name, so you must include an email address within your comment to be contacted if you win. If spam is a concern, type your address like this: janedoe at gmail dot com

The same giveaway is underway on the All Things Paper Instagram feed. Enter there too to double your chances. One winner with a U.S. mailing address will be chosen at random from combined blog and IG entries, and announced at the bottom of this post and on the IG photo. Good luck!

Come back on Thursday when I will be posting a FREE tutorial courtesy of Erin - it's a fun one!
EDIT - And here it is: Make a Layered Paper Ring in 7 Easy Steps


Congratulations to Gretchen Dixon, giveaway winner!



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Comments

  1. Love all your quilling art! I keep practicing in the hope to be able to create things as beautiful as yours.
    diana.mogab@gmail.com

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  2. Congratulations on10 years and thank you for highlighting the work of so many wonderful artists and sharing so many creative ideas!!! Hoping for another 10!!

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  3. I would love to share this art with my students. Both of these books will make it much more interesting! Thank you for offering this give-a-way! donnabridy@aol.com

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  4. Happy Anniversary, Ann. It's been a great 10 years.
    (mdoallas [at] aol [dot] com)

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  5. Oh wow, congrats and fantastic books. you guys outdid yourselves. sandhollowgems at yahoo dot com

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  6. Congrats on 10 years! I'm looking forward to following along for the next 10 years.
    cindy.derosier@gmail.com

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  7. I've just started quilling, and I love your blog! kacleveland1 at gmail dot com

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  8. I am new to quilling. Your blog gives me hope that I can create magnificent art. syvhardin at gmail dot com

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  9. Like I said on Instagram, you and Erin are two of some of my favorite paper artists and I'm so excited about Erin's book! Your's is already on my Amazon wish list! I won a necklace of Erin from her blog back when she was still living in Hawaii and it was one of the first things I had ever won on an online contest.

    lostntht at gmail dot com

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  10. I love all the bright colorful creations! Thanks for a chance to win.
    mmiller zero one one @new.rr.com

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  11. Beautiful projects! Love Erin's mandala clock & had your jewelry book on my wishlist ever since it was released. Haven't done quilling for a long time & I'm sure these books will inspire me to quill once again. Thanks to you both for the opportunity to win. ~Leanne
    jolea dot 1994 at gmail dot com

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  12. Pick me, pick me. I’ve taught myself to quill and love to see real quilling instructions! LOL
    Hafwhit@gmail.com

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  13. This would be awesome to win! I love both your work but living on a fixed income means I don't have the funds to purchase your books. My email address is yarrowpyxie@gmail.com

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  14. These look amazing!
    emc1061 at yahoo dot com

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  15. Lovely give away afernellis at gmail dot com

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  16. Gorgeous book! Practice, practice! Thank you for the chance and the great newsletter!

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  17. Congrats on your anniversary ! Really enjoy you site. These books look wonderful. Thank you for the giveaway. brendashreves17 at gmail dot com

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  18. I've always loved your work, and congrats on your anniversary of 10 years.paulahogue@yahoo.com

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  19. I started quilling after we lost our home in the Camp fire in Paradise, CA. It's the only thing right now that helps me relax. I would love to win the books to learn new techniques and get some inspiration! Kerstinkriemer at yahoo dot de

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  20. I currently teach a beginning class at my local senior center and would love for my students to see what they can accomplish with practice and patience. These books would be wonderful to show them. Congratulations on your anniversary and many many more.
    jrs28461@yahoo.com

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  21. Congrats on your anniversary. Gorgeous book. Would love this book to learn new techniques.

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  22. I would love to own even one of your books! Suziesez2@sbcglobal.net

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  23. I'm new to quilling and I am addicted. I'd love to win this book. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  24. Love the projects in both books!
    takarameri at gmail dot com

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  25. Discovered quilling by accident and fell in love. Even if I don't win a book, it is on my wish list.

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  26. Looking forward to seeing the books and share with those I teach and share with; fabulous work! acheron at cruzio dot com

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  27. Count me in! Would love Ann Martins book, and although I have Erin’s book, I know someone who I would love to gift it to!
    Andrea Banks. Abanks1974@yahoo.com

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  28. Congratulations on the 10 year Anniversary. I started quilling a little under a year ago. I absolutely love it. So much more to learn... the books would a wonderful addition to my craft desk and helpful too for my future projects. Wishing you all the very best!! Thanks for all your do and share. #deecraftnook deecraftnook at gmail dot com

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  29. OMG!! This would be awesome since I’m a beginner. I can’t wait for the tutorial tomorrow. Thank you for this opportunity. Bnall850 at gmail dot com

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  30. Congrats on 10 years, love doing quilling, working on Christmas tags.
    kathy_serrahn@yahoo.com

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  31. I became interested in quilling several years ago, bought a bunch of supplies, and then didn't make the time to practice it. At Christmas, I decided to try again, and hauled out some supplies. A paper snowflake was my first project, and I'm hooked (even though it didn't come out very well). Thanks for all of the inspiration that you have provided over the years!

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  32. I forgot to add my e-mail:
    msgould_ams at hotmail dot com

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  33. What a wonderful giveaway!! My email is tendimedesign@gmail.com

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  34. What an exciting opportunity to win both books, which happen to be on my wish list! Looking forward to seeing that tutorial too.
    Thanks so much!
    Michelle
    michellezerull at gmail dot com

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  35. Me encantan tus obras, son fabulosas y inspiradoras!

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  36. How exciting! Would love winning both these books for my quilling inspiration library!

    Lisa
    lisa@neverboredcreations.com

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  37. I really enjoy your posts. You always find the most unusual I don't see anywhere else. thank you for the giveaway.
    brendashreves17atgmaildotcom

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  38. Love your work! I'm anxious to try some quilling! stucker29 at yahoo dot com

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  39. Wow! Quilling has become so innovative and fresh! Thank you for presenting so many wonderful ideas during your anniversary celebration. Congratulations!

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  40. Would love to win the quilling book - awesome!
    baddabinda@yahoo.com

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  41. These books are so amazing!!! I love how traditional meets modern and blends so well with one another! When a craft is timeless it's as if traditon is new, and modern is traditional.
    pixiedustcentral@gmail.com

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  42. I am new to your blog. Excited to follow along.

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  43. Thank you for the opportunity. I love your work. My email is katiescarletts at Yahoo dot com.

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