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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)19

Artists who make pieces, Artists who do books (detail)20

Paper art 3 from Jen Stark21

Paper art 3 from Jen Stark22

Lost At E Minor23

Lost At E Minor24



World Books27

World Books28

Custom topography of St. Thomas29

Custom topography of St. Thomas30

Paper Latern31

Paper Latern32

Deep Sea Tango33

Deep Sea Tango34





Holding on to myself39

Holding on to myself40

Helen Musselwhite: Romany Caravan41

Helen Musselwhite : Romany Caravan42

Paper Drummer43

Paper Drummer44

Charles Clary 445

Charles Clary 446

Indian Tree47


O Ero He`ll Fight (Detail)49

O Ero He`ll Fight (Detail)50



My Modern Metropolis53

My Modern Metropolis54

My Modern Metropolis 255

My Modern Metropolis 256

Paper Mask57

Paper Mask58

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Wataru Itou59
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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    Absolutely amazing. Such an array of detailed and intricate pieces. Thank you so much for sharing this. Love it!!!

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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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    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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