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28 Ideas And Examples Of Amazing 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. [Links checked & repaired March/06/2017]

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.

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In this 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.

The Beauty of Paper Art Link

Apples5

Paper Art 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

O Ero He`ll Fight (Detail)49

O Ero He`ll Fight (Detail)50

Typography51

Typography52

My Modern Metropolis53

My Modern Metropolis54

My Modern Metropolis 255

My Modern Metropolis 256

Paper Mask57

Paper Mask58

Last Click Link

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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Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/04/07/beautiful-handwriting-lettering-and-calligraphy/
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/22/moleskine-art-beautiful-examples-and-talented-artists/
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/03/13/plasticine-art-showcase-shape-your-imagination/
  4. 4 https://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://art-by-doc.deviantart.com/art/Face-Study-366212019
  18. 18 http://art-by-doc.deviantart.com/art/Face-Study-366212019
  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://www.lostateminor.com/2009/03/06/gregory-euclides-mixed-media-artwork/
  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 https://www.flickr.com/photos/popupology/
  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 https://www.demilked.com/sculptures-made-out-of-a-single-paper-sheet/
  42. 42 https://www.demilked.com/sculptures-made-out-of-a-single-paper-sheet/
  43. 43 http://www.helenmusselwhite.com/
  44. 44 http://www.helenmusselwhite.com/
  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 https://charlesclary.com/
  48. 48 https://charlesclary.com/
  49. 49 http://www.flickr.com/photos/briandettmer/4503095770/
  50. 50 http://www.flickr.com/photos/briandettmer/4503095770/
  51. 51 http://weheartit.com/entry/638186
  52. 52 http://weheartit.com/entry/638186
  53. 53 http://sarahbridgland.com/
  54. 54 http://sarahbridgland.com/
  55. 55 http://sarahbridgland.com/
  56. 56 http://sarahbridgland.com/
  57. 57 http://www.booooooom.com/2009/06/24/aj-fosik/
  58. 58 http://www.booooooom.com/2009/06/24/aj-fosik/
  59. 59 http://tokyobling.wordpress.com/2009/07/01/a-paper-craft-castle-on-the-ocean/
  60. 60 http://tokyobling.wordpress.com/2009/07/01/a-paper-craft-castle-on-the-ocean/
  61. 61 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/04/07/beautiful-handwriting-lettering-and-calligraphy/
  62. 62 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/22/moleskine-art-beautiful-examples-and-talented-artists/
  63. 63 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/03/13/plasticine-art-showcase-shape-your-imagination/
  64. 64 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/05/19/handcraft-strikes-back-buttons-badges-pins-and-clips/
  65. 65 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/07/14/let-there-be-light-light-paintings-and-sculptures/

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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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  2. 5

    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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  3. 6

    Wataru Itou is remarkable. Thanks for the post.

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  4. 7

    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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  5. 8

    Vinicius Luchi

    May 29, 2010 10:13 am

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

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  6. 9

    sandhya das

    May 29, 2010 11:26 am

    Woww!!! Great and fantastic

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  7. 10

    This is very inspiring!
    Great!

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  8. 11

    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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  9. 12

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

    1
  10. 13

    Wow you must admit that is some good stuff.

    Lou

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  11. 14

    they are amazing ;)

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  12. 15

    really amazing collection here. very inspiring

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  13. 16

    Very nice Paper Art.

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  14. 17

    Illustrationtown

    May 30, 2010 1:44 am

    Fantastic collection! Thank you guys!

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  15. 18

    cool
    :)

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  16. 19

    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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  17. 20

    Amazing Sey

    May 30, 2010 8:16 am

    Woww!!! this’s amazing!

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  18. 21

    Simply Gorgeous..
    Thanx Smash..

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  19. 22

    Andres Jaimes

    May 30, 2010 8:57 am

    Beautiful… I loved the apples…

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  20. 23

    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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  21. 24

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

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  22. 25

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

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  23. 26

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

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  24. 27

    Fantastic Post!!!
    Very inspiring…

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  25. 28

    how to make them?!

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  26. 29

    surerb amazing

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  27. 30

    amazing. I have never seen them before

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  28. 31

    Awesome.

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  29. 32

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

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  30. 33

    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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  31. 34

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

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  32. 35

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

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  33. 36

    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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  34. 37

    unbelievable.

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  35. 38

    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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  36. 39

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

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  37. 40

    firehead50121

    June 3, 2010 8:28 am

    amazing, wooooooowwww

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  38. 41

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

    0
  39. 42

    Charles Clary

    June 3, 2010 8:56 pm

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

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  40. 43

    Random Dave

    June 4, 2010 7:16 am

    Anyone got a match?

    ;)

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  41. 44

    boring….

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  42. 45

    it is beautiful.

    0
  43. 46

    Amazing stuff

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  44. 47

    @Thinkstock

    June 7, 2010 10:22 am

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

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  45. 48

    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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  46. 49

    hey these are so creative ideas
    and are amazing pics.

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  47. 50

    subhashkhatri

    June 8, 2010 10:20 pm

    very nice, Amazing work!!!

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  48. 51

    Great! Superb!

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  49. 52

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

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  50. 53

    fantastic!! its so beauty! xD

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  51. 54

    AWESOME POST..thank you so much ;)

    0
  52. 55

    so cool ,good job.

    0
  53. 56

    Awesome, in awe.

    0
  54. 57

    MARC LOVES ELLE

    July 8, 2010 9:56 pm

    ow some grate!

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  55. 58

    MARC LOVES ELLE

    July 8, 2010 9:56 pm

    this is magnicificos because i9ts plural beybe

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  56. 59

    MARC LOVES ELLE

    July 8, 2010 9:57 pm

    bakit wala pa dito un? ha? demmet

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  57. 60

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

    0
  58. 61

    Sarah Burghardt

    July 13, 2010 12:19 am

    amazing awesome work, love it :-)

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  59. 62

    AMAZING….No words :)

    0
  60. 63

    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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  61. 64

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

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  62. 65

    very amazing work.

    good luck and I hope you will post more paper arts

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  63. 66

    amazing amazing amazing………..

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  64. 67

    This is very inspiring!
    Great artistic world….

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  65. 68

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

    0
  66. 69

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

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  67. 70

    PAPER IS MAGICAL

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  68. 71

    great work!

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  69. 72

    nirmala kachanna

    July 19, 2011 10:13 am

    what a fantastic creation of paper art !

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  70. 73

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

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  71. 74

    that was beauty full

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  72. 75

    WONDERFUL!

    0
  73. 76

    sanjay tendulkar

    April 14, 2012 9:50 am

    what a brilliant art

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  74. 77

    beautiful

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  75. 78

    superb arts

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  76. 79

    Wow, what awesome work.

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  77. 80

    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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  78. 81

    Extraordinary pieces of work.Especially the last one.

    1
  79. 82

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

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  80. 83

    naima mansoor

    May 10, 2013 2:55 pm

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

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  81. 84

    this art was amazing i like it very much.

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