Shape-Shifting Paper Sculpture Resembling Stone
Artist: Li Hongbo
Read more: Astonishing Stretchable Paper Sculptures Appear to Be Made of Stone
Paper is one of the great artistic chameleons. This easily accessible material that’s used in crafting incredible, gallery-worthy works of art is the same that contains crude sketchbook doodles never meant to see the light of day. It’s this fascinating dichotomy that entices creatives to experiment and use paper art as the centerpiece of their work.Depending on technique, paper can look wildly different. Chinese artist Li Hongbo is enthralled by “the endless possibilities of paper” and transforms the everyday material into something truly astonishing—stone sculptures that stretch in front of our very eyes. Moving from rock to rope, Gunjan Aylawdi seemingly weaves intricate tapestries. But, they’re not tapestries at all—they’re tiny pieces of rolled paper that look like string.
Of course, some artists choose to celebrate paper art for what it is, and therefore don’t try to hide its origins. One way this is done is through books. Both Isobelle Ouzman and Guy Laramee use discarded books as the starting point for their creations. Ouzman opens the book and extracts pieces of paper while Laramee transforms a novel’s edges into sprawling mountainscapes.
See how 31 artists, illustrators, and animators turn humble sheet of paper into stunning works of art.
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Baroque Paper Wig
Artist: Asya Kozina
Delicate Paper Cutouts from a Single Sheet of Paper
Artist: Parth Kothekar
Read more: Artist Delicately Cuts Paper to Look Like Whimsical Illustrations
Landscapes Created in the Edges of Old Books
Artist: Guy Laramee
Read more: Secondhand Novels Are Carved into Extraordinary Mountainous Landscapes
Paper Quilled Portraits of the Elderly
Artist: Yulia Brodskaya
Read more: Colorful Paper Quilled Portraits Explore the Stories Told Through Faces of the Elderly
Realistic Animals Created from Twisted Newspaper
Artist: Chie Hitotsuyama
Read more: Artist Tightly Rolls Newspaper to Craft Incredibly Detailed Animal Sculptures
“Cloud City” Iridescent Paper Sculpture
Read more: Beautifully Crafted Paper City Highlights Intricate Patterns in Moroccan Culture
Larger-Than-Life Paper Flower
Artist: Tiffanie Turner
Read more: New Giant Flowers Painstakingly Crafted Out of Thousand of Paper Petals
Watercolor Paper Diorama
Artist: Mar Cerdà
Animated Paper Burger
Artist: Zim & Zou
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Cut Paper Portraits of Heroines
Artist: Morgana Wallace.