Jan 30 2010
Blending chalks are an excellent choice when you want to add a bit of color to your quilling. Made by several manufacturers, they come in a wide array of colors from soft pastels to bright jewel tones. Some even have a bit of shimmer mixed in (Fig. 1).
You can apply chalks directly to your finished quills. This allows you to add color without splicing strips together. For the leaf (Fig. 2), I applied a darker green to the lower portion of the shaped marquise and yellow to the top with just a touch of red on the tip. In the photo, a plain leaf is on the left for comparison.
Adding a color that blends or contrasts with your quilling is a great way to add interest and draw your eye into the quilling, just like when you add a mat to a piece of framed art (Fig. 4).
The chalk highlights the subtle texture of the background paper without taking anything away from the true focus of the card — the quilled floral heart wreath (Fig 5).
Tip: Blending chalks are actually quite inexpensive and last a very long time. They are softer, however, than the sidewalk or blackboard chalks you might have played with as a child and they crumble easily. Also, I found out the hard way that the individual pieces of chalk are not glued inside their trays and will fall out if dropped, making a mess on your carpet if you are not careful.
If you would like to quill your own Floral Heart Wreath, a 12-page downloadable PDF quilling pattern is available. Check out the Quilling Patterns section of the blog to learn more.