The Beauty of Paper Art

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The times when paper was considered to be the primary medium for artistic expression is long gone. Many writers and designers use digital media to improvise and develop their ideas. However, there is something particuliar in this “physical” canvas — something that keeps us getting back to paper when we want to brainstorm ideas in a notebook, doodle around in a sketchbook, collect inspiration in a scrapbook or just draw some sketches for the next project.

In fact, paper is even more powerful than that. It is a very flexible medium. You can use it paper only for giving your ideas and feelings forms, but also as an expressive medium for creative artworks formed out of paper. You can create a sharp-edged paper plane or ship, but also form twisted curves of nature or complicated geometrical shapes. In this weekend’s post we present a showcase of paper art; you wil find many beautiful carved, folded, cut out paper objects and realistic 3D paper sculptures, all using paper, cardboxes or even books as materials. Please make sure to follow the links to explore further works of the artists presented below.

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Apples5

Apples6

Buscando a la serpiente7

Buscando a la serpiente8

Paper Tunnel by Jen Stark9

Paper Tunnel10

Flat Globe Cutting Book Series “AKIRA CLUB”11

Flat Globe Cutting Book Series 12

Golden Swan13

Golden Swan14

Paper flowers15

Paper flowers16

Face17

Face18

Bijoux19

Bijoux20

Artists who make pieces, Artists who do books (detail)21

Artists who make pieces, Artists who do books (detail)22

Paper art 3 from Jen Stark23

Paper art 3 from Jen Stark24

Lost At E Minor25

Lost At E Minor26

Icosahedron27

Icosahedron28

World Books29

World Books30

Custom topography of St. Thomas31

Custom topography of St. Thomas32

Paper Latern33

Paper Latern34

Deep Sea Tango35

Deep Sea Tango36

Sunflower37

Sunflower38

Flock39

Flock40

Holding on to myself41

Holding on to myself42

Helen Musselwhite: Romany Caravan43

Helen Musselwhite : Romany Caravan44

Paper Drummer45

Paper Drummer46

Charles Clary 447

Charles Clary 448

Indian Tree49

indian-tree50

O Ero He`ll Fight (Detail)51

O Ero He`ll Fight (Detail)52

Typography53

Typography54

My Modern Metropolis55

My Modern Metropolis56

My Modern Metropolis 257

My Modern Metropolis 258

Paper Mask59

Paper Mask60

Last Click

Wataru Itou61
This paper model looks very impressive with all the little lights illuminating it. Be sure to hit up the link for more pictures of this masterpiece.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/04/07/beautiful-handwriting-lettering-and-calligraphy/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/22/moleskine-art-beautiful-examples-and-talented-artists/
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/03/13/plasticine-art-showcase-shape-your-imagination/
  4. 4 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/05/19/handcraft-strikes-back-buttons-badges-pins-and-clips/
  5. 5 http://weheartit.com/entry/634522
  6. 6 http://weheartit.com/entry/634522
  7. 7 http://www.flickr.com/photos/papelartefacto/901977620/
  8. 8 http://www.flickr.com/photos/papelartefacto/901977620/
  9. 9 http://weheartit.com/entry/795810
  10. 10 http://weheartit.com/entry/795810
  11. 11 http://www.norikoambe.com/works/2007w0003p01.html
  12. 12 http://www.norikoambe.com/works/2007w0003p01.html
  13. 13 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Windows-display-for-La-rinascente-in-Palermo/443636
  14. 14 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Windows-display-for-La-rinascente-in-Palermo/443636
  15. 15 http://weheartit.com/entry/1647210
  16. 16 http://weheartit.com/entry/1647210
  17. 17 http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/17/view/7645/book-report-papercraft-design-and-art-with-paper.html
  18. 18 http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/17/view/7645/book-report-papercraft-design-and-art-with-paper.html
  19. 19 http://www.flickr.com/photos/37051688@N00/2159010754/
  20. 20 http://www.flickr.com/photos/37051688@N00/2159010754/
  21. 21 http://www.norikoambe.com/works/2008w0002p02.html
  22. 22 http://www.norikoambe.com/works/2008w0002p02.html
  23. 23 http://davidreport.com/blog/200703/more-paper-art-from-jen-stark/
  24. 24 http://davidreport.com/blog/200703/more-paper-art-from-jen-stark/
  25. 25 http://weheartit.com/entry/426797
  26. 26 http://weheartit.com/entry/426797
  27. 27 http://www.flickr.com/photos/richardsweeney/127609009/in/set-72057594105588057/
  28. 28 http://www.flickr.com/photos/richardsweeney/127609009/in/set-72057594105588057/
  29. 29 http://www.packergallery.com/dettmer3/index.php
  30. 30 http://www.packergallery.com/dettmer3/index.php
  31. 31 http://www.flickr.com/photos/crafterall/4510007926/in/pool-3d_paper
  32. 32 http://www.flickr.com/photos/crafterall/4510007926/in/pool-3d_paper
  33. 33 http://weheartit.com/entry/1754465
  34. 34 http://weheartit.com/entry/1754465
  35. 35 http://www.flickr.com/photos/crackpotcreative/2612041604/in/pool-paper_shadow/
  36. 36 http://www.flickr.com/photos/crackpotcreative/2612041604/in/pool-paper_shadow/
  37. 37 http://www.flickr.com/photos/23913057@N05/3516894419/in/pool-paper_shadow
  38. 38 http://www.flickr.com/photos/23913057@N05/3516894419/in/pool-paper_shadow
  39. 39 http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisaboyd/4168626529/in/pool-968675@N25
  40. 40 http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisaboyd/4168626529/in/pool-968675@N25
  41. 41 http://www.petercallesen.com/index/index2.html
  42. 42 http://www.petercallesen.com/index/index2.html
  43. 43 http://www.helenmusselwhite.com/page3.htm
  44. 44 http://www.helenmusselwhite.com/page3.htm
  45. 45 http://www.flickr.com/photos/shehirata/2858782288/in/pool-968675@N25
  46. 46 http://www.flickr.com/photos/shehirata/2858782288/in/pool-968675@N25
  47. 47 http://blog.fayeandco.com/2009/10/percusive-art/
  48. 48 http://blog.fayeandco.com/2009/10/percusive-art/
  49. 49 http://www.thisblogrules.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/indian-tree.png
  50. 50 http://www.thisblogrules.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/indian-tree.png
  51. 51 http://www.flickr.com/photos/briandettmer/4503095770/
  52. 52 http://www.flickr.com/photos/briandettmer/4503095770/
  53. 53 http://weheartit.com/entry/638186
  54. 54 http://weheartit.com/entry/638186
  55. 55 http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/sarah-bridgland-paper-art
  56. 56 http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/sarah-bridgland-paper-art
  57. 57 http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/sarah-bridgland-paper-art
  58. 58 http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/sarah-bridgland-paper-art
  59. 59 http://www.booooooom.com/2009/06/24/aj-fosik/
  60. 60 http://www.booooooom.com/2009/06/24/aj-fosik/
  61. 61 http://tokyobling.wordpress.com/2009/07/01/a-paper-craft-castle-on-the-ocean/
  62. 62 http://tokyobling.wordpress.com/2009/07/01/a-paper-craft-castle-on-the-ocean/
  63. 63 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/04/07/beautiful-handwriting-lettering-and-calligraphy/
  64. 64 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/22/moleskine-art-beautiful-examples-and-talented-artists/
  65. 65 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/03/13/plasticine-art-showcase-shape-your-imagination/
  66. 66 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/05/19/handcraft-strikes-back-buttons-badges-pins-and-clips/
  67. 67 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/07/14/let-there-be-light-light-paintings-and-sculptures/

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  1. 1

    All art takes time… I love the how the paper expresses the feeling of the created… I made a tree that had 16,852 prices in it every price had a name of a person and a problem they had faced or are facing and after the art show I invited all that had filled out a price to help me burn it and let all the problems disappear like smoke of the fire

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  2. 102

    Extraordinary pieces of work.Especially the last one.

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  3. 203

    Thank you for the display of enjoyable art please do continue to keep it up.

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  5. 405

    This art work is amazing.iwould like to see again and again.

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  6. 506

    this art was amazing i like it very much.

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