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

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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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  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

    Hexacreative.web.id

    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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  3. 3

    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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  5. 8

    michel gondry approved

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  7. 10

    that last one is not paper, but plywood, made by AJ Fosik. check out AJ’s work, awesome stuff! http://whitewallssf.com/shows/theres-aliens-in-our-midst/

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  8. 11

    Wataru Itou is remarkable. Thanks for the post.

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  9. 12

    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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  10. 13

    Also worth checking out: the great work of Su Blackwell
    http://www.sublackwell.co.uk/

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  11. 14

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

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  13. 16

    Woww!!! Great and fantastic

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  14. 17

    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 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/josephwuorigami/) or Robert Lang (http://www.langorigami.com/). 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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  15. 18

    This is very inspiring!
    Great!

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  16. 19

    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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  17. 20

    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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9896cYPaFf0

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  18. 21

    they are amazing ;)

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  19. 22

    really amazing collection here. very inspiring

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  20. 23

    Thanks for adding my book art to this page… To see more paper sculptures please visit http://www.facebook.com/louisaboydart and join up to stay up to date with exhibitions and new works.

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  21. 24

    Very nice Paper Art.

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    Illustrationtown

    May 30, 2010 1:44 am

    Fantastic collection! Thank you guys!

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  23. 26

    cool
    :)

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  24. 27

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

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  25. 28

    Wow you must admit that is some good stuff.

    Lou

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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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  27. 30

    Woww!!! this’s amazing!

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  28. 31

    Simply Gorgeous..
    Thanx Smash..

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  29. 32

    Beautiful… I loved the apples…

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  30. 33

    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: http://www.typeradio.org/loudblog/index.php?cat=Ridder,Willemde

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    ramalamadingdong

    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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  32. 35

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

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  33. 37

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

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  34. 38

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

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  35. 39

    Fantastic Post!!!
    Very inspiring…

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  36. 40

    Excelent ! see http://www.paperinside.com , the author make great jobs with paper.

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  38. 42

    Whoa! If you like these you should check out this guy right here, can’t believe he didnt make it here haha! —-> http://www.jvallee.com

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  39. 43

    Very cool cardboard based lights and lamps: http://www.graypants.com

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  40. 44

    how to make them?!

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  41. 45

    surerb amazing

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  42. 46

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

    http://www.norikoyamaguchi.com

    or on her flickr:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/norikoyamaguchi/

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  43. 47

    amazing. I have never seen them before

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  44. 48

    Awesome.

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  45. 49

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

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  46. 50

    Perfect timing. My wife just made me this “paper” watch for our anniversary: http://tinyurl.com/23wh7vs

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  47. 51

    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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  48. 52

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

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  49. 53

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

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  50. 54

    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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