How to make a quilled shark: a step-by-step tutorial


In this tutorial, Sena Runa shows you how to create a quilled shark for your cardmaking and papercrafting in her book Quilling 20 Beautiful Designs...

To make this convincing shark, use paper strips in shades of blue and form them into coils and wave shapes. Perfect for a nautical inspired card, watch Sena show you the quilling techniques used to create this design!

 

 

Quilling 20 Beautiful Designs Cover

This project is from Quilling 20 Beautiful Designs by Sena Runa, GMC Publications. The twenty projects cover a wide range of subject matter that will appeal to all ages, including a rainbow, llama, hot-air balloon, ice cream, airplane, scooter and ampersand. Using Sena’s signature subtle gradations of colour and pops of bright, sunny tones, once framed they create gorgeous artwork for the home. They can also be used to decorate greetings cards. If you love this project you can get the book from our online shop WITH an automatic 10% off just for being you, PLUS free UK P+P! 

DIY quilled shark tutorial

You will need

  • Shark template (download above)
  • Blank sheet of 90lb (250gsm) card
  • 3⁄8in (1cm) strips of 90lb (250gsm) card
  • 11 x 3/8in (28x1cm) navy paper x 1
  • 11 x 3/8in (28x1cm) azure paper x 2
  • 11 x 3/8in (28x1cm) blue paper x 2
  • 11 x 3/8in (28x1cm) light blue paper x 2
  • 11 x 3/8in (28x1cm) black paper x 1
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • White glue
  • Quilling tool (optional)

Download shark template

Watch the tutorial

Instructions

1. To create your base, place a sheet of blank card under the template, then trace the outline onto it.

2. Use strips of card to prepare the outline of the shark.

quilled shark step 2-6

3. Slightly bend a piece of navy strip. Apply a thin layer of glue to the bottom of the strip and place it in the tail, leaving no gap between it and the card on the right-hand side.

4. Make an open coil using an azure strip. Apply a thin layer of glue to the bottom of the coil and place it in the centre of the shark’s tail.

5. Make a smaller open coil using a blue strip. Apply a thin layer of glue to the bottom of the coil and place it below the larger coil, with the end of the strip curving from the left down to the tip of the tail.

6. Slightly bend a piece of azure strip. Apply a thin layer of glue to the bottom of the strip and place it in the tail, extending from above the large coil to the tip at the top of the tail.

7. Slightly bend a piece of blue strip. Apply a thin layer of glue to the bottom of the strip and place it inside the tail to the left of the strip applied in step 6.

Quilled sharks step  7-11

8. Make a shape based on an asymmetrical scroll using a blue strip.

9. Apply a thin layer of glue to the bottom of the shape and place it in the top section of the shark’s body, with the coil in the nose on the left and the end of strip curving from below to the tail on the right.

10. Make a wave shape using an azure strip. Apply a thin layer of glue to the bottom of the shape and place it below the strip applied in step 9.

11. Make another wave shape using a blue strip. Apply a thin layer of glue to the bottom of the shape and place it below the strip applied in step 10.

12. Make an open coil using a blue strip. Apply a thin layer of glue to the bottom of the coil and place it above the step 8 shape, with the end of the strip curving from below towards the right.

quilled shark steps 12-16

13. Make another open coil using an azure strip. Apply a thin layer of glue to the bottom of the coil and place it to the left of the step 12 coil, with the end of the strip curving up and towards the left.

14. Make a coil using a blue strip. Apply a thin layer of glue to the bottom of the coil and place it to the right of the coil applied in step 12.

15. Make a smaller coil using a blue strip. Apply a thin layer of glue to the bottom of the coil and place it to the right of the coil applied in step 14.

16. Make an open coil using a navy strip. Apply a thin layer of glue to the bottom of the coil and place it inside the right-hand fin, with the end of the strip curving from the left upwards to the tip.

17. Slightly bend a piece of azure strip. Apply a thin layer of glue to the bottom of the strip and place it inside the same fin, extending from above the scroll to the tip of the fin.

quilled shark steps 17-21

18. Slightly bend a piece of blue strip. Apply a thin layer of glue to the bottom of the strip and place inside the fin to the right of the strip applied in step 17.

19. Make a coil using an azure strip. Apply a thin layer of glue to the bottom of the coil and place it inside the fin to the left of the step 16 coil, with the end of the strip curving up from the right and following the left side of the fin.

20. Make a coil using an azure strip. Apply a thin layer of glue to the bottom of the coil and place it in the shark’s body to the left of the coil applied in step 13.

21. Make a smaller coil using an azure strip. Apply a thin layer of glue to the bottom of the coil and place it to the left of the coil applied in step 20.

22. Make an open coil using a blue strip. Apply a thin layer of glue to the bottom of the coil. Place it inside the left-hand fin, with the end of the strip extending from above and down the left side to the fin’s tip.

quilled sharks step 22-26

23. Slightly bend a piece of navy strip. Apply a thin layer of glue to the bottom of the strip and place it inside the same fin, extending from the bottom of the coil applied in step 22 to the fin’s tip.

24. Slightly bend a piece of azure strip. Apply a thin layer of glue to the bottom of the strip and place it inside the same fin to the left of the strip applied in step 23.

25. Make a tight coil using a blue strip. Apply a thin layer of glue to the bottom of the coil and place it inside the same fin to the left of the coil applied in step 22.

26. Slightly bend a piece of light blue strip. Apply a thin layer of glue to the bottom of the strip. Place it along the bottom edge of the shark’s body between the fin and tail, leaving no gap between it and the card.

27. Slightly bend a piece of light blue strip. Apply a thin layer of glue to the bottom of the strip and place it along the top of the belly section, leaving no gap between it and the card.

quilled shark steps 27-21

28. Slightly bend another piece of light blue strip. Apply a thin layer of glue to the bottom of the strip and place it above the strip applied in step 26.

29. Slightly bend another piece of light blue strip. Apply a thin layer of glue to the bottom of the strip and place it above the strip applied in step 28.

30. Slightly bend another piece of light blue strip. Apply a thin layer of glue to the bottom of the strip. Place it along the bottom edge between the left-hand fin and the mouth, leaving no gap between it and the card.

31. Slightly bend another piece of light blue strip. Apply a thin layer of glue to the bottom of the strip. Place it along the top edge between the left-hand fin and the mouth, leaving no gap between it and the card.

32. Slightly bend another piece of light blue strip. Apply a thin layer of glue to the bottom of the strip and place it as shown, starting just above the mouth and extending to the left-hand fin.

quilled shark steps 32-35

33. Slightly bend another piece of light blue strip. Apply a thin layer of glue to the bottom of the strip and place it as shown, starting just below the mouth and extending to the left-hand fin.

34. Make a small tight coil using a black strip.

35. Apply a thin layer of glue to the bottom of the coil and place it as shown near the nose and between the steps 10 and 11 strips.


Enjoyed making a quilled shark? Why not use the bubble technique to create a background for your shark?