Paper Quilling Art is enjoying a massive resurgence thanks to the fact that it can be easily done at home, requires minimal materials, and produces truly amazing results. Also known as paper filigree, it dates back to the 15th century (possibly earlier), when French and Italian nuns began using it to decorate religious manuscripts and relics, in an attempt to save money on carved ivory and wrought iron filigree. When gilded, paper quilling was hard to distinguish from metal and was an affordable alternative.
For new quillers it is recommended to start with pre-cut strips of paper designed specifically for this purpose. This will ensure that your first attempts at rolling are not too frustrating, and will allow you to build up your confidence with the technique. You should also invest in a quilling tool which is a small device that has a slotted needle around which you can roll the paper. For precise work, tweezers are also very helpful as they will allow you to place the rolled shapes where you want them without squashing them with your fingers.
As well as being a fun and creative pastime, paper quilling can help to develop fine motor skills, particularly in younger children. It also encourages concentration and attention to detail, and has been proven to improve memory. A lot of these skills can be carried over into other activities such as drawing, writing, and even maths. In addition, it is a very relaxing and calming activity which can be used as a form of therapy to alleviate stress or anxiety. Paper Quilling Art