You can use cardstock or double sided patterned paper, but I think solid colors look best. You can also buy precut quilling strips, but that's totally a waste of money in my opinion.
Dig up your cardstock scraps and cut thin strips, no more than 1/8" wide. The length is up to you. I usually use strips between 6" and 8" long.
I have quilled without a quilling tool. I think I used my paper piercer, but it's so much easier when you have the right tool. It costs about 3-4 dollars.
Put the very end of your strip into the opening of the quilling tool and start rolling the paper in between your thumb and index finger. Actually when I think about it, you are just holding the paper still while you roll the handle.
Put a tiny bit of glue at the end of your strip when you are done and squeeze to your circle. Before you do this - decide how tight you want the circle to be rolled.
If you wanna make one of those simple flowers I made, you will need one circle in the middle and 5-7 around.
Use fast drying glue and glue the circles to the middle one. And don't forget to put glue in between them as well.
Look what I bought from Martha Stewart. Doesn't it look super simple to make yourself?
Here is a layout from last year where I used some quilling in the middle of the flowers.
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I have bought a book about quilling and I thought I should move on to the more complicated stuff. Give this a try, so that you can move on with me!
PS. Come back on Tuesday..I have had my blog for a month then and will celebrate with a nice giveaway!