Learn Digital Quilling and Papercutting with Laurie Russell

Today we're venturing into something new and different for me, and perhaps for you too... the world of digital art. Laurie Russell, a professional graphic designer with a love of doing by-hand paper art, be it quilling or papercutting, will show us the way.


digitally quilled cupcake in shades of pink, cream, and white


Laurie's expertise with the Procreate app led to her developing a Skillshare digital quilling class, as well as her own Course + Community site. At either place, she effectively and efficiently teaches how to create digital paper art and gives examples of what can be done with the beautiful projects you design. 


child's bedroom with digital papercut and quilled rocketship wall art hanging above chest of drawers


For example, simply use as a layout for an actual paper project or send as e-cards, post to social media, and print as wall art.... there are many options!


digitally quilled letter L in shades of pink and gold


Laurie also teaches landscape papercutting and papercut typography courses that utilize the Procreate app. For all of her courses, she recommends a working knowledge of your iPad and Procreate, but regardless, Laurie makes herself available to offer guidance. 


digitally quilled hot air balloon in shades of blue and green


Having had an enjoyable sneak peek at the quilling course, even though I have never used Procreate, I could see that familiarity with the app would certainly be beneficial, but not essential.


digitally quilled flame in shades of yellow and orange

I asked Laurie to tell us about the path that took her from using actual paper quilling strips to the digital kind. 

"I first learned about paper quilling from seeing Yulia Brodskaya’s art probably ten years ago. I absolutely fell in love with it! I’ve made hundreds of traditional and on-edge paper quilling/papergraphic designs over the years, sold them at craft fairs, done commissions (mainly monograms and other typography), and I love seeing my work framed and hung around my home and in my family and friends' houses."
young woman holding stylus and working on digital art alongside small dog

"However, as a professional graphic designer, working on the computer and using my hands all day long, I began to notice that I couldn’t sit down to quill for more than an hour without significant pain due to the pinching, rolling, tweezers, and other fine motor actions needed. This was so sad and frustrating for me, since I LOVE this craft!"
digitally quilled feather in shades of purple and pink
"I'd begun to do more artwork on my iPad, mainly with Procreate, and I wondered if there was a way to quill digitally. I’d tried to create digital quilling in Adobe Illustrator earlier, but couldn’t find a process I liked (this was before I was using a stylus - the mouse was too clunky and not intuitive). Now with Procreate, I’ve fallen in love with the easy way I can translate traditional art styles into digital art - acrylics, watercolor, chalk, etc." 
digitally quilled letter R in shades of blue
"After a lot of trial and error, I created a process and some brushes that have enabled me to digitally quill on my iPad! I’ve had a couple of these printed to see how they look on paper and canvas and the effect is really nice. The digital shadows and highlights give a 3D look to the 2D print."
bedroom with digital art dreamcatcher hanging over bed
"I knew I couldn’t keep this to myself, so I worked hard to create an online course that anyone can follow to create their own unique, beautiful DigiQuill designs. It’s live on Skillshare right now (link here), but starting today, I’m also so proud and excited to announce that the Digital Quilling course, as well as my Digital Papercut Typography course, are available on my own Course + Community site (link here)."
woman with iPad in lap holding stylus and quilling a digital feather
"It’s been my goal since I started teaching digital art to have an online community where students could come together to share their art, ask questions, get feedback, and make connections in a safe, friendly space. I’ve never been a fan of Facebook groups, as I feel there are too many distractions, ads, politics, etc. that can get in the way of real connections."
shades of blue digitally quilled waves
"I knew I wanted to have my online community on a separate platform and, ideally, integrated with my courses. I found one that fit all my needs and I’ve been working hard over the last few months to get everything ready to welcome new students."
blue and gold digitally quilled yingyang

Laurie is offering a coupon code for her new Course + Community site - 20% off through the end of October. The code is ATPBLOG20 and it’s good for either course. Both include a Community area.


smiling young woman standing in front of green foliage

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