|This iron-on book, mostly for use|
as a source for embroidery patterns,
is also a great source for quilling ideas.
Note: If you use someone's pattern, or create a piece that is reasonably similar to theirs, then you should contact/acknowledge them if you end up posting pictures of that piece, or putting it up for sale, etc. Kits, for example, are offered with the understanding that you might craft and then sell a piece exactly like it. Permission isn't necessary in those cases. But some art is utterly unique, and one should not take a copyright for granted. When in doubt, ask the artist. At the least, it is a common courtesy, and at the most it could be a legal requirement, depending on the specifics of your situation.
Quilling Kits: The easiest place to start is to simply buy a good quilling kit. There are several companies that make them, and they are relatively inexpensive. (Some are listed on my sidebar.) A quilling kit contains instructions and enough paper to complete a specific project. Some are very basic, and others quite involved. You can do the kit exactly as is, make your own adjustments and embellishments, or use it as inspiration for a completely different piece.
|Some patterns are easy to adapt, just|
start filling in with quills!
Images of Quilling: Need ideas? It's time to just go browsing. I can spend hours looking through places like "tumblr" or "pinterest." There are no patterns of course, or step by step directions. But it is a great way to spot new techniques, ways to blend colors, and more. The best part is that browsing is free, except for all the time I spend doing it, anyway :)
Motifs and Designs: There are resources that are specifically created to offer copyright free motifs, designs, borders, illustrations, and patterns around a theme. Many of the motifs are bought to be used as clipart, sewing patterns, tattoo sources, and more - say quilling! I'll be posting here on the site about a few of the motif resources I have to give you a better idea what I mean ...
|Some patterns are a bit more complicated ... but|
perfect for more involved projects.
Nature: The biggest biggie, really. I can't draw very well, so I use my camera and take pictures of whatever I find compelling in the world. Using my quiller's eye, I see things very differently than when I'm just randomly enjoying a simple walk. Sometimes an image breaks down into a pattern hardly without trying, and other times its a struggle. But like any artist, if you want to capture something amazing to share, sometimes there is no other way than the hard way!
What are your sources of inspiration for quilling?
Image Credits: From the Butterfly Iron on Book by Barbara Christopher, sitting on my shelf.