Paper Quilling: Do You Know What It Is? (It’s Fun!)

Paper quilled flowers

Dale Farland

Most had never heard of paper quilling previously or how much fun and enjoyable it could be. However, 10 women on April 21 and 15 women on April 28 came to the SaddleBrooke Ranch (SBR) Creative Art and Tech Center and learned about this creative art form. Erin Newman, SBR resident and Southern Arizona Arts Guild artist, taught these two classes. The classes were part of the fundraising activities here at SaddleBrooke Ranch to raise funds for the Oracle Schools Foundation (OSF).

Erin not only explained the history of paper quilling, but demonstrated several different techniques, which everyone practiced. Granted, some participants were worried they would be all thumbs in trying this new art form. However, by the end of each class, the participants were all smiles and absolutely delighted with the two-layer flowers they created.

All the tools, paper, and instructions for creating these delicate flowers were provided and donated by Erin. Therefore, all the class fees generated went toward supporting OSF. With all the various paper colors provided, it was wonderful to see the creativity of everyone. No two flowers were alike. Some were muted pastel colors and others were vibrant neon colors.

Without a doubt, everyone left learning a new art craft. Overheard were women commenting that they have finally found something they can do successfully. Others said they are going to utilize this new technique to enhance holiday and regular cards. There is no telling what the future holds for these 25 women now that they have learned the beginning skills of paper quilling.

Regardless of whether these women continue to pursue this incredible art form or not, they all can be pleased to know that their participation helped the Oracle Schools Foundation. For those not familiar with the work of OSF, it funds free preschool for 3- and 4-year-old children in the Oracle area. Arizona does not fund preschool, and everyone knows how important it is to help children get an early start for scholastic success. Oracle is part of the copper corridor, and over 64% of the students are on free or reduced-price lunches. Representing SBR on the board are residents Donna Pedota, Sharon Groth, and Dale Farland.

Paper Quilling Class

Erin Newman, new president of the SBR Art Club, will be teaching a paper quilling class to SBR Art Club members. For those of you who wish to learn this art form, there is an opportunity on June 27. See the article “Art Club Announces Three Art Classes Scheduled in June” to learn more!