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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 myself

Holding on to myself

Helen Musselwhite: Romany Caravan39

Helen Musselwhite : Romany Caravan40

Paper Drummer41

Paper Drummer42

Charles Clary 4

Charles Clary 4

Indian Tree


O Ero He`ll Fight (Detail)43

O Ero He`ll Fight (Detail)44



My Modern Metropolis47

My Modern Metropolis48

My Modern Metropolis 249

My Modern Metropolis 250

Paper Mask51

Paper Mask52

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Wataru Itou53
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

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

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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 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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    Vinicius Luchi

    May 29, 2010 10:13 am

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

  12. 15

    nice list, thanks a lot! here is also a list:

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    sandhya das

    May 29, 2010 11:26 am

    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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    James Slater

    May 29, 2010 2:18 pm

    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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    Wow you must admit that is some good stuff.


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    they are amazing ;)


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