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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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The Beauty of Paper Art Link

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

Face

Face

Bijoux17

Bijoux18

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

Icosahedron25

Icosahedron26

World Books27

World Books28

Custom topography of St. Thomas29

Custom topography of St. Thomas30

Paper Latern31

Paper Latern32

Deep Sea Tango33

Deep Sea Tango34

Sunflower35

Sunflower36

Flock37

Flock38

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

indian-tree

O Ero He`ll Fight (Detail)43

O Ero He`ll Fight (Detail)44

Typography45

Typography46

My Modern Metropolis47

My Modern Metropolis48

My Modern Metropolis 249

My Modern Metropolis 250

Paper Mask51

Paper Mask52

Last Click Link

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.

screenshot54

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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://www.flickr.com/photos/37051688@N00/2159010754/
  18. 18 http://www.flickr.com/photos/37051688@N00/2159010754/
  19. 19 http://www.norikoambe.com/works/2008w0002p02.html
  20. 20 http://www.norikoambe.com/works/2008w0002p02.html
  21. 21 http://davidreport.com/blog/200703/more-paper-art-from-jen-stark/
  22. 22 http://davidreport.com/blog/200703/more-paper-art-from-jen-stark/
  23. 23 http://weheartit.com/entry/426797
  24. 24 http://weheartit.com/entry/426797
  25. 25 http://www.flickr.com/photos/richardsweeney/127609009/in/set-72057594105588057/
  26. 26 http://www.flickr.com/photos/richardsweeney/127609009/in/set-72057594105588057/
  27. 27 http://www.packergallery.com/dettmer3/index.php
  28. 28 http://www.packergallery.com/dettmer3/index.php
  29. 29 http://www.flickr.com/photos/crafterall/4510007926/in/pool-3d_paper
  30. 30 http://www.flickr.com/photos/crafterall/4510007926/in/pool-3d_paper
  31. 31 http://weheartit.com/entry/1754465
  32. 32 http://weheartit.com/entry/1754465
  33. 33 http://www.flickr.com/photos/crackpotcreative/2612041604/in/pool-paper_shadow/
  34. 34 http://www.flickr.com/photos/crackpotcreative/2612041604/in/pool-paper_shadow/
  35. 35 http://www.flickr.com/photos/23913057@N05/3516894419/in/pool-paper_shadow
  36. 36 http://www.flickr.com/photos/23913057@N05/3516894419/in/pool-paper_shadow
  37. 37 http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisaboyd/4168626529/in/pool-968675@N25
  38. 38 http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisaboyd/4168626529/in/pool-968675@N25
  39. 39 http://www.helenmusselwhite.com/
  40. 40 http://www.helenmusselwhite.com/
  41. 41 http://www.flickr.com/photos/shehirata/2858782288/in/pool-968675@N25
  42. 42 http://www.flickr.com/photos/shehirata/2858782288/in/pool-968675@N25
  43. 43 http://www.flickr.com/photos/briandettmer/4503095770/
  44. 44 http://www.flickr.com/photos/briandettmer/4503095770/
  45. 45 http://weheartit.com/entry/638186
  46. 46 http://weheartit.com/entry/638186
  47. 47 http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/sarah-bridgland-paper-art
  48. 48 http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/sarah-bridgland-paper-art
  49. 49 http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/sarah-bridgland-paper-art
  50. 50 http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/sarah-bridgland-paper-art
  51. 51 http://www.booooooom.com/2009/06/24/aj-fosik/
  52. 52 http://www.booooooom.com/2009/06/24/aj-fosik/
  53. 53 http://tokyobling.wordpress.com/2009/07/01/a-paper-craft-castle-on-the-ocean/
  54. 54 http://tokyobling.wordpress.com/2009/07/01/a-paper-craft-castle-on-the-ocean/
  55. 55 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/04/07/beautiful-handwriting-lettering-and-calligraphy/
  56. 56 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/22/moleskine-art-beautiful-examples-and-talented-artists/
  57. 57 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/03/13/plasticine-art-showcase-shape-your-imagination/
  58. 58 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/05/19/handcraft-strikes-back-buttons-badges-pins-and-clips/
  59. 59 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

    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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  4. 7

    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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    Vinicius Luchi

    May 29, 2010 10:13 am

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

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  12. 15

    nice list, thanks a lot! here is also a list:
    http://www.pixey.de/2010/05/24/5-links-zum-gestalten-mit-papier/

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  13. 16

    sandhya das

    May 29, 2010 11:26 am

    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

    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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  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

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

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  19. 22

    Wow you must admit that is some good stuff.

    Lou

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  20. 23

    they are amazing ;)

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  21. 24

    really amazing collection here. very inspiring

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  22. 25

    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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  23. 26

    Very nice Paper Art.

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  24. 27

    Illustrationtown

    May 30, 2010 1:44 am

    Fantastic collection! Thank you guys!

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  25. 28

    cool
    :)

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  26. 29

    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

    Amazing Sey

    May 30, 2010 8:16 am

    Woww!!! this’s amazing!

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  28. 31

    Simply Gorgeous..
    Thanx Smash..

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  29. 32

    Andres Jaimes

    May 30, 2010 8:57 am

    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

    Mojo Sempre

    June 1, 2010 12:21 am

    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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  41. 45

    how to make them?!

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  42. 46

    surerb amazing

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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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  51. 55

    unbelievable.

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  52. 56

    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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  53. 57

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

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  54. 58

    firehead50121

    June 3, 2010 8:28 am

    amazing, wooooooowwww

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  55. 59

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

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  56. 60

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

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    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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  58. 62

    Random Dave

    June 4, 2010 7:16 am

    Anyone got a match?

    ;)

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  59. 63

    boring….

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  60. 64

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

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  61. 65

    it is beautiful.

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  62. 66

    Amazing stuff

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  63. 67

    ررررشغ

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  64. 68

    @Thinkstock

    June 7, 2010 10:22 am

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

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  65. 69

    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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  66. 70

    hey these are so creative ideas
    and are amazing pics.

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  67. 71

    subhashkhatri

    June 8, 2010 10:20 pm

    very nice, Amazing work!!!

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  68. 72

    Great! Superb!

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  69. 73

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

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  70. 74

    fantastic!! its so beauty! xD

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  71. 75

    AWESOME POST..thank you so much ;)

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  72. 76

    so cool ,good job.

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  73. 77

    Awesome, in awe.

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  74. 78

    MARC LOVES ELLE

    July 8, 2010 9:56 pm

    ow some grate!

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  75. 79

    MARC LOVES ELLE

    July 8, 2010 9:56 pm

    this is magnicificos because i9ts plural beybe

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  76. 80

    MARC LOVES ELLE

    July 8, 2010 9:57 pm

    bakit wala pa dito un? ha? demmet

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  77. 81

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

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  78. 82

    Sarah Burghardt

    July 13, 2010 12:19 am

    amazing awesome work, love it :-)

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  79. 83

    AMAZING….No words :)

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  80. 84

    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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  81. 85

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

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  82. 86

    very amazing work.

    good luck and I hope you will post more paper arts

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  83. 87

    amazing amazing amazing………..

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  84. 88

    This is very inspiring!
    Great artistic world….

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  85. 89

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

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  86. 90

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

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  87. 91

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

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  88. 92

    PAPER IS MAGICAL

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  89. 93

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

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  90. 94

    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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  91. 95

    great work!

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  92. 96

    nirmala kachanna

    July 19, 2011 10:13 am

    what a fantastic creation of paper art !

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  93. 97

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

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  94. 98

    that was beauty full

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  95. 99

    WONDERFUL!

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  96. 100

    sanjay tendulkar

    April 14, 2012 9:50 am

    what a brilliant art

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  97. 101

    beautiful

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  98. 102

    superb arts

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  99. 103

    Wow, what awesome work.

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  100. 104

    Adele Moreau

    July 3, 2012 12:32 pm

    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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  101. 105

    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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  102. 106

    Extraordinary pieces of work.Especially the last one.

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  103. 107

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

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    naima mansoor

    May 10, 2013 2:55 pm

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

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  106. 110

    this art was amazing i like it very much.

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