For a first time that's really a great job, my own first experiments looked awful.
As for a little criticism... I think the color composition is a bit too "random", probably it would look more coherent(?) if you use seperate hues for the water and the whale body (or at least don't use blueish on the wale body, to seperate the main elements more clearly).
And it looks like your paper could be heavier; quilling almost generally looks better with thicker paper. And it's comfier to work with because it's stiffer, so the coils unroll better and it doesn't crumple so easily.
>>537720 Oh wow I did that a lot, thank you for telling me this! Pic related is the tool I use, it's hard to use it without crimping because the paper falls off. Any tool recommentmdations at all? Or am I just being dumb.
>>537729 Yeah, those fork-like tools are for thick cardstock, also great for quilling with other materials like gumpaste (for decorating cakes and such). For normal/medium not so much because of the shape.
This is what I'm using, it's better for medium paper weights (like up to about 160g/m2) because it has a cylinder form with a slot in it, so it's easier to make more consistent coils. But at the same time you're obviously more limited with paper types because the slot is pretty narrow. With some practice you can use the needle side for thicker cardstock, that way you also get rid of the inevitable crease at the start which you get with slotted tools.
>>537730 Oh cool, I'm guessing those tools will be expensive though because art. But i'll get them anyways because I honestly really really like quilling, like I predicted I would. Though my shapes look a bit repetitive ;( . Is it possible to quill without tools? I think that would be super interesting.
>>537735 My quilling pen (the top one with the pink rubber grips) wasn't expensive at all, just a few euros. And that was from a local hobby shop in Germany, you can get all the tools dirt cheap online because quilling is quite "popular" in Asia.
Well, you don't even need dedicated tools (I started with toothpicks, then with a chopstick where I cut the slot myself) but it's so much more convenient if you have them. Other stuff like stencil boards, 3d forms, fringers and crimpers are also neat and expand what you can do to the paper a lot. And one thing I wouldn't ever want to miss again is a precision glue bottle or whatever they are called like. And a bunch of tweezers with different shapes, but if you do other papercraft you probably have them already.
The biggest cost factor are precut strips, at least I haven't found a decent source for them yet so I cut them myself from cheap cardboard.
>>537738 Oh, thank you! I have never papercrafted before until I came to /po/. The first thread I saw was a quilling thread and that's how I found out about it. It's the only thing I've down paper craft related. I'm not sure if art stores her carry many quilling items because I live in America and no one ever mentions quilling that much it's not too popular here but I will definitley check! Thanks!
>>539277 Unfornunatley I do not have any new quilling projects to show off because I have not gotten my hands on quilling paper. However I do have a paper cut out project that I did if you would like to see.
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