The Beauty of Paper Art


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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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





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



World Books29

World Books30

Custom topography of St. Thomas31

Custom topography of St. Thomas32

Paper Latern33

Paper Latern34

Deep Sea Tango35

Deep Sea Tango36





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


O Ero He`ll Fight (Detail)51

O Ero He`ll Fight (Detail)52



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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    May 29, 2010 5:24 am

    Let’s reduce the paper consumption, and recycle the paper into great artwork like that. This article just making inspiration! Nice!

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    This is amazing o:
    Maybe I could try doing something like that sometime n_n

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    This is an out-of-the-world creative work. Paper, being a strong medium for broadcasting messages, when used in such a creative manner is bound to inspire everyone who appreciates art. But it requires a lot of patience to create such work. Thanks for the showcase!

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    michel gondry approved

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    that last one is not paper, but plywood, made by AJ Fosik. check out AJ’s work, awesome stuff!

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    Wataru Itou is remarkable. Thanks for the post.

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    Thank you for posts like this one. Seeing wonderful real-world art is much needed inspiration for those of us who get wrapped up in the minutia of Photoshop and HTML, pixels, and more pixels.

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    Also worth checking out: the great work of Su Blackwell

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    Very, very good. Its a pleasure for who looking. =D

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    Woww!!! Great and fantastic

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    Wataru Itou’s castle is insanely beautiful! That guy must have the patience of a saint…

    What I miss in your post however is the work of contemporary origami artists, like for instance Joseph Wu ( or Robert Lang ( Any collection titled “paper art” seems incomplete and only modestly researched without Origami… But maybe paper art is just too diverse to be squeezed into one post. ;)

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    This is very inspiring!

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    This is inspiring. Or intimidating, I’m not quite sure.

    Is there a limit to human creativity and imagination, I wonder?

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    These are awesome!

    Reminds me of a animation i once saw. It was the ending to a show.
    It was all done in paper… and a few pencils :)
    Heres the link:

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    they are amazing ;)

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    really amazing collection here. very inspiring

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    Thanks for adding my book art to this page… To see more paper sculptures please visit and join up to stay up to date with exhibitions and new works.

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    Very nice Paper Art.

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    May 30, 2010 1:44 am

    Fantastic collection! Thank you guys!

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    Absolutely amazing. Such an array of detailed and intricate pieces. Thank you so much for sharing this. Love it!!!

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    Wow you must admit that is some good stuff.


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    Kim @ Money and Risk

    May 30, 2010 6:31 am

    Gorgeous. Thank you.

    The last item however, you can make yourself from kits that are sold in France. I remember buying those kits at Notre Dame 20 years ago and making the cathedrals.

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    Woww!!! this’s amazing!

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    Simply Gorgeous..
    Thanx Smash..

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    Beautiful… I loved the apples…

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    I do miss the “Paper Constellations” made by George Brecht, Willem de Ridder, and others who were members of the Fluxus (art) movement during the 60’s and 70’s.

    Willem de Ridder has made several contributions to Typeradio. A website focussed typography and design. You should check it out!

    De Ridder on Typeradio:,Willemde

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    May 30, 2010 4:20 pm

    This is just amazing!! How do the cut this holes in “Flat Globe Cutting Book Series “AKIRA CLUB””?

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    WOW… super WOW… these are true Eye-Popping works.

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    Amazing! Where can I learn to make something like this?

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    Simply Superb………………A wonderful artistic way……..Thanks for sharing it.

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    Fantastic Post!!!
    Very inspiring…

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    Excelent ! see , the author make great jobs with paper.

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    Whoa! If you like these you should check out this guy right here, can’t believe he didnt make it here haha! —->

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    Very cool cardboard based lights and lamps:

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    how to make them?!

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    surerb amazing

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    Very nice collection, but missing the paperart of Noriko Yamaguchi.

    or on her flickr:

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    amazing. I have never seen them before

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    Such talent! I am in awe ~ thanks for sharing!

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    Perfect timing. My wife just made me this “paper” watch for our anniversary:

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    unbelievable !!!
    i couldn.t believe my eyes, you’re crazy! all beautiful..i will definetely try, too :D
    thanks for sharing :)

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    This is amazing. makes me wanna try out something similar !

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    Just how amazing people can imagine and bring it to life!!

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    such a wonderful paper works even though i don’t know how to judge but i am pulled to do so

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    This is so incredibly inspiring. I’m really glad this topic is discussed here. I think because of the growing use of technology, now, more than ever, we should pay more attention to more “physical” art forms and encouraging artists and designers to use them more.


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    “holding on to myself” so simpel and yet so briliant

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    amazing, wooooooowwww

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    Amazing patience, talent and imagination, thank you for sharing this.

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    Another great, super and one of the best German paper artist:

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    Thank you so much for including my work in this distinguished group of artists.

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    Anyone got a match?


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    i do a lot of paper based art (

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    it is beautiful.

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    Amazing stuff

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    We are very impressed with this showcase, amazing and thought-provoking!

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    Hey, that mask- the second to last one- is made out of wood. i saw it on another website (the artist makes some incredible pieces out of wood) and besides, you can see the nails in the wood. i just think that maybe you should research this stuff a bit more before you assume it’s paper. no big deal, though. most of these things are AWESOME.

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    hey these are so creative ideas
    and are amazing pics.

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    very nice, Amazing work!!!

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    Great! Superb!

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    Really great selection..I totally love it..great source of inspiration…thanks

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    fantastic!! its so beauty! xD

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    AWESOME POST..thank you so much ;)

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    so cool ,good job.

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    Awesome, in awe.

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    July 8, 2010 9:56 pm

    ow some grate!

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    July 8, 2010 9:56 pm

    this is magnicificos because i9ts plural beybe

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    July 8, 2010 9:57 pm

    bakit wala pa dito un? ha? demmet

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    So inspiring! how i wish i could do something like that! :-)

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    Sarah Burghardt

    July 13, 2010 12:19 am

    amazing awesome work, love it :-)

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    AMAZING….No words :)

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    WOW! I like the last one the most. I never thought that paper could be so interesting. I think that I’ll stick to the world of digital design and multimedia.

    Jerky Oats

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    its just fantastic cannot believe your eyes amazing and out of the world

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    very amazing work.

    good luck and I hope you will post more paper arts

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    amazing amazing amazing………..

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    This is very inspiring!
    Great artistic world….

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    isn’t all this paper art bad for the environment…wtf!

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    Here is another amazing paper artist

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    Some very impressive work. Where do these people get the time?

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    Paper cutout, french artiste of paper art.

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    This is one of the best collections of paper art that I’ve found. Very inspiring.

    I work with paper too – some examples here:

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    great work!

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    nirmala kachanna

    July 19, 2011 10:13 am

    what a fantastic creation of paper art !

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    that was beauty full

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    sanjay tendulkar

    April 14, 2012 9:50 am

    what a brilliant art

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    superb arts

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    Wow, what awesome work.

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    Hi, Love the site!! I’m an artist working in London with altered books, let me now what you think:

    Adele x

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    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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    Extraordinary pieces of work.Especially the last one.

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

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

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    this art was amazing i like it very much.

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