Jun 13 2009
For me, summer means the beach. I love to hear the sound of the ocean waves crashing upon the shore as I lounge contentedly under the shade of a big umbrella. But, since I can’t go to the beach, I thought I would do the next best thing and craft something tropical instead. Today’s quilling pattern is a fun one because it introduces a new quilling coil, technique, and tool.
The trunk of the palm tree is made from a coil called a “rectangle” because it is, well, a rectangle. To make this quill, roll a loose coil and pinch it into a marquise. Next, move the marquise slightly between your thumbs and index fingers and pinch again, forming two more points near the original ones. You should now have a rectangle quill that has two long sides and two short sides.
We’ll also be playing with a new tool — a paper crimper. I bought mine at the North American Quilling Guild Conference this past May. The one I have is made by Paplin, but there are several good ones on the market. It isn’t a “must have” quilling tool, but it is so much fun. To use the crimper, simply feed your paper strip through the gears and it comes out crimped. If you don’t have a paper crimper you can still make the palm tree. Just make the palm fronds with straight quilling paper instead.
Finally, I want to show you a bit about wheatears. This isn’t a coil or a scroll because you don’t curl the paper, you loop it instead. To make a wheatear, create a small loop. Now, while holding the original loop, make a larger loop around it. Keep looping the paper until your wheatear is as long as desired, then glue the paper down at the starting point and either tear or cut off the excess paper. Wheatears can be left rounded, or shaped like a coil. For the palm frond, you’ll pinch the ends like a marquise and bend the ends in opposite directions to give the frond a little curve.
You will need
Basic quilling tools (discussed earlier)
Quilling paper, 1/8″: green, brown, gold
Free Quilling Pattern – Palm Tree & Small Goldfish
(4) 4″ Rectangle coil, brown (tree trunk)
(7) 3/4″ – 1-1/2″ long Wheatears, green (palm fronds)
(1) 3″ Teardrop coil, gold (fish body)
(1) 3″ Pressed heart coil, gold (fish fin)
Using the photo as a guide, glue the rectangle coils on top of each other to form the palm tree trunk. Give the top rectangle coil a little pinch to form the top of the trunk. Glue the base of each wheatear to the tip of the palm tree trunk, mixing up the sizes. Glue the tip of the gold pressed heart to the tip of the gold teardrop to create a fun little fish swimming in the surf.
The palm tree and fish make perfect additions to a beach-themed tag — a great embellishment for a vacation scrapbook page.
Additional Materials for Quilled Beach Tag
(1) Tag, 4-1/2″ x 2-1/8″, blue (DMD Industries)
Card stock scraps, turquoise, white, beige, gold
Blending chalk, brown (optional)
Jute twine, 6″
Using the photo as a guide, tear a strip of tan card stock, chalk the edge a darker brown (optional), and glue it to the tag for the sand. Tear a strip of white card stock and glue it over the bottom edge of the tan strip for the crashing waves. Tear a strip of turquoise and glue it along the bottom of the tag for the deep water, leaving a strip of the original blue tag showing for the shallow water. Tear a curved piece of gold card stock and glue it in the corner for the sun. Trim off any card stock edges even with the tag. Glue the palm tree and goldfish in place. Tie the jute on with a simple overhand knot and fringe the edges. Be sure to sign your work!
I hope you decide to join me at the beach and give this project a try. If so, I’d love to hear from you. Send me a comment and let me know how it turned out.
Quilling Tip: Don’t pinch the crimped paper too hard or you will flatten out the paper folds and lessen the effect.