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

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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

    unbelievable.

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  2. 52

    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.

    Lou

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  3. 103

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

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  4. 154

    amazing, wooooooowwww

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  5. 205

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

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  6. 256

    Another great, super and one of the best German paper artist:
    http://www.papierplastiken-schubert.de/

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  7. 307

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

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  8. 358

    Anyone got a match?

    ;)

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  9. 409

    boring….

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  10. 460

    i do a lot of paper based art (cpalmeno.blogspot.com/)

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  11. 511

    it is beautiful.

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  12. 562

    Amazing stuff

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  13. 613

    ررررشغ

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  14. 664

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

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  15. 715

    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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  16. 766

    hey these are so creative ideas
    and are amazing pics.

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  17. 817

    very nice, Amazing work!!!

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  18. 868

    Great! Superb!

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  19. 919

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

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  20. 970

    fantastic!! its so beauty! xD

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  21. 1021

    AWESOME POST..thank you so much ;)

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  22. 1072

    so cool ,good job.

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  23. 1123

    Awesome, in awe.

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  24. 1174

    MARC LOVES ELLE

    July 8, 2010 9:56 pm

    ow some grate!

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    MARC LOVES ELLE

    July 8, 2010 9:56 pm

    this is magnicificos because i9ts plural beybe

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  26. 1276

    MARC LOVES ELLE

    July 8, 2010 9:57 pm

    bakit wala pa dito un? ha? demmet

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  27. 1327

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

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  28. 1378

    Sarah Burghardt

    July 13, 2010 12:19 am

    amazing awesome work, love it :-)

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  29. 1429

    AMAZING….No words :)

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  30. 1480

    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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  31. 1531

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

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  32. 1582

    very amazing work.

    good luck and I hope you will post more paper arts

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  33. 1633

    amazing amazing amazing………..

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  34. 1684

    This is very inspiring!
    Great artistic world….

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  35. 1735

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

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  36. 1786

    Here is another amazing paper artist http://www.tahitipehrson.com

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  37. 1837

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

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  38. 1888

    PAPER IS MAGICAL

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  39. 1939

    Paper cutout, french artiste of paper art.
    http://www.nathalieboutte.com

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  40. 1990

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

    I work with paper too – some examples here: http://elenaduff.com/art/?page_id=2

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  41. 2041

    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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  43. 2143

    Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  44. 2194

    that was beauty full

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  45. 2245

    WONDERFUL!

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    sanjay tendulkar

    April 14, 2012 9:50 am

    what a brilliant art

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  47. 2347

    beautiful

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  48. 2398

    superb arts

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  49. 2449

    Wow, what awesome work.

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  50. 2500

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

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Adele-Moreau-Art/401341143236344

    Adele x

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