Paper Curling Art
Hello, my wonderful Graphics Fairy Friends, it’s Heather from Thicketworks! Today we are going to create some Paper Curling Art… this technique is similar to Paper Quilling Art but a bit more simplified. We will create a Gorgeous Mixed Media Canvas with this Faux Wrought Iron Technique! This is a simple paper curling Technique that recreates the look of Wrought Iron…it’s fun to do, and uses only one sheet of Black Cardstock!
If you’d like to follow along, grab a few items, and let’s get Messy!
This little project is created using two Classic Graphics Fairy Images –
Antique Fancy Leaves Frames (Click the Image for a 5 x 7 PDF file)
Iron Scrollwork (Click the Image for a 5 x 7 PDF file)
Paper Curling Art Project Supplies:
- A 5 x 7 inch Canvas Board
- Your favorite Graphics Fairy Images of Wrought Iron, sized to fit your canvas
- A Craft Knife + Ruler + Cutting Mat
- Spray Adhesive
- Scrap of old Cardboard (for catching adhesive overspray)
- Bone Folder
- Distress Inks + Blending Tool
- 1 sheet of Black Cardstock
- Optional: a Scoring Board (to mark 1/8 inch strips on the cardstock)
- Your favorite quick-grab adhesive (I used a Glue Stick and Zig 2 Way Adhesive)
- Cross Lock Tweezers
- Optional: Rust Paste
- Optional: Metallic Highlighting Gel
- Palette Knife
- Heat Tool
- A Pencil
- Heavy Gel Medium
- Optional: Metallique Wax Vintage Gold
Preparing the Canvas Background:
Trim the Fancy Frame Graphic – leaving a margin of about an inch around the image:
Apply Spray Adhesive to the front of the Canvas Board:
Adhere the Frame Graphic onto the Canvas Board, being careful to center it as closely as possible:
Trim the corners at 45 degrees, leaving about 1/4 inch of paper outside of each corner.
Apply Spray Adhesive to the paper ‘flaps’, then fold over one side.
Use a Bone Folder to indent the paper at the very corner, then fold the next flap over.
Burnish the paper onto the back of the Canvas Board.
Turn the Canvas Board over, and apply your favorite Distress Inks with a Blending Tool – I chose Spiced Marmalade and Vintage Photo, for a rich, rusty glow.
Flick drops of water onto the Blended Distress Inks and allow to dry for a ‘bleached’ and aged effect:
Slice 1/8 inch strips of Black Cardstock. I used a Scoring Board to mark the Cardstock at 1/8 inch intervals, then sliced a dozen or so strips, lengthwise.
Now for the paper curling …using a ‘quick-grab’ adhesive, use the strips to create circles that match the circular motif on the Iron Scrollwork Graphic:
A set of Cross Lock Tweezers is very handy when rolling the thin strips of paper, or cardstock actually, into scroll shapes:
Wind a series of paper strip ‘scrolls’ or coils, and set aside.
Apply a light dusting of Spray Adhesive to the Scrollwork Graphic:
Place the Circles and Scrolls paper curls onto the sticky surface of the graphic, matching the pattern as well as you can:
Continue this process until you have created as elaborate a representation of the Scrollwork as you like. It doesn’t have to be perfect to be effective!
The important thing is to make sure that the scrolls and circle spirals all touch each other, so that they can be glued into a unified design for this art form.
You can double or quadruple the thickness of the strips to create more substantial accents.
Here, the vertical uprights in the circles and the stylized fleur de lis are being created this way.
You can decide on the complexity of the design that you would like. Once you are satisfied with amount of scrollwork you have created, use a fluid adhesive to glue all the scrolls and circles together where they naturally touch.
Allow the Faux Wrought Iron to dry completely.
Once dry, carefully peel the paper art Faux Wrought Iron away from the surface of the paper, and discard the printed design. The different shapes look nice all together.
If you like, apply Rust Paste to the Faux Wrought Iron, dabbing it on anywhere you’d like to see ‘rust’…
Use scissors to cut a heart from the leftover cardstock.
Apply Metallic Highlighting Gel onto the upper margin of the heart with a palette knife…
Create grungy texture by drying the Metallic Highlighting Gel with a heat tool.
Use a pencil to trace the shape of the heart on the canvas:
Add ‘shadow’ behind the upper margin of the heart shape with Vintage Photo Distress Ink… this will add depth and interest to the final design.
Glue the heart in place.
Apply a generous layer of Heavy Gel Medium over the background and heart, with a Palette Knife:
Press the Faux Wrought Iron into the Gel Medium.
Allow to dry.
Apply Metallic Highlights to the upper edges of the Faux Wrought Iron Paper Curling Art and along the outer margins of the Canvas Board as a finishing touch…
The Gilded Heart seems to glow behind the ornate Wrought Iron Gate paper filigree …a quiet treasure, emanating hope…
These charming paper crafts can be a perfect gift for a dear friend or loved one…
This Faux Wrought Iron Paper Curling Art Technique results in an elegantly rustic artwork, filled with charming imperfection, made with love…
Thank you for visiting The Graphics Fairy today! It was my pleasure to share this simple, and simply beautiful paper designs technique with you. I hope you found inspiration in this simple quillwork type project. This artform can be such a enjoyable pastime.
Until next time
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