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10 Cut Paper Illustrations to Put You in Tune with Nature

paper illustration

Jayme McGowan

Out of all the approach­es to image mak­ing, cut paper illus­tra­tion is my favorite. The process is often a tedious one, but the results are awe-inspir­ing. Paper can quick­ly trans­form from a 2D com­po­si­tion into 3D, and the­se types of illus­tra­tions have the look of sculp­tures with ele­ments that cast shad­ows. This visu­al depth is the best part of about paper illus­tra­tion. In addi­tion, it gives you a dis­tinct feel­ing that the piece is made by hand, and that the metic­u­lous snips of the scis­sors or the slice of an X-Acto knife were all part of the jour­ney into cre­at­ing the final result.

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Paper Craft

Thriving Plants You Don’t Have to Water… Because They’re Made of Paper

Paper cactus

Some peo­ple lack the green thumb nec­es­sary to take care of plants. If you’re one of them, here’s a solu­tion for you—no water­ing nec­es­sary! Tania of Lisso­va Craft cre­ates tiny paper craft cac­ti that you can hold in the palm of your hand. Each pot­ted plant is indi­vid­u­al­ly cut and intri­cate­ly detailed with things like dec­o­ra­tive planters and tiny flow­ers. Lisso­va will use a dif­fer­ent types of papers to cre­ate a vari­ety of tex­ture, as well as cut­ting fringe into the paper itself.

These paper cacti are available on greeting cards and as original art in the Lissa Craft Etsy shop. And if you want to see works in progress, follow Tania on Instagram.

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Paper Craft

Exquisite Cut Paper Shadowbox Pays Homage to Lovely Forest Leaves

Colorful paper craft by Chao Zou

The inspi­ra­tion for Chao Zou’s paper craft project Forest Smell is aro­ma. “My wife sprayed her­self with my per­fume,” he explains, “who [wore] the [smell] of the forest for all day…” Motif of leaves were his start­ing point, and Chao lay­ered a vari­ety of plants with­in the sil­hou­et­te of a wom­an. Alone, it’s a com­pelling image that has an exquis­ite shad­ow box effect. Once you know the short back­sto­ry, how­ev­er, it’s a unique love let­ter.

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Paper Craft

Delicate Paper Floral Wreaths to Dazzle and Empower You

Grace Chin empowering floral wreaths

If you’re still feel­ing down about recent events (I know I am), Grace Chin offers a beau­ti­ful pick-me-up with her empow­er­ing flo­ral wreaths. Com­bin­ing paper craft with text, she cre­ates del­i­cate faux flow­ers and arranges them onto a cir­cu­lar form. In the mid­dle of it, she places cut-paper let­ters phras­es like “All bod­ies are good bod­ies” and “Be brave.”

She writes,

My work is inex­tri­ca­bly tied to my pas­sion for inter­sec­tion­al fem­i­nism and fight­ing neg­a­tive forces— both polit­i­cal and personal—with words. I sin­cere­ly believe in the pow­er of inter­nal­iz­ing and imbib­ing pos­i­tive mes­sages. In par­tic­u­lar, I’m in search of pithy, com­pelling state­ments that are meant to occu­py pri­mar­i­ly domes­tic spaces and serve as dai­ly reminders.

Grace con­tin­ues,

Com­po­si­tion­al­ly, I take influ­ence from the Dutch tra­di­tion of pronkstilleven (deca­dent still life paint­ing), as well as out­sider and Amer­i­can folk art. In posi­tion­ing myself firm­ly between craft and art tra­di­tions, I hope to do what many wom­en artists and arti­sans did before me: cre­ate beau­ti­ful every­day objects that also serve some use­ful­ness beyond their aes­thet­ic val­ue.

Grace sells her work (includ­ing the­se wreaths!) through her online shop.

Grace Chin empowering floral wreaths

Grace Chin empowering floral wreaths

Grace Chin empowering floral wreaths

Grace Chin empowering floral wreaths

Grace Chin empowering floral wreaths

Grace Chin empowering floral wreaths

Grace Chin empowering floral wreaths

Grace Chin empowering floral wreaths

Grace Chin empowering floral wreaths

Grace Chin empowering floral wreaths

Grace D. Chin empowering floral wreaths
Paper Craft

Tiny Terrariums You Can Hold in the Palm of Your Hand

Cameron Garland

Cameron Gar­land crafts tiny ter­rar­i­ums you can hold in the palm of your hand. The intri­cate­ly detailed cut-paper cre­ations show­case minus­cule suc­cu­lents thriv­ing in gold­en geo­met­ric planters that I wish I owned. A com­bi­na­tion of col­lage and draw­ing, they resem­ble the real thing—a big trend in decor—sans the mess. Sounds good to me!

Cameron Garland

Cameron Garland

Cameron Garland

Cameron Garland

Cameron Garland

Cameron Garland

Cameron Garland

Cameron Garland

Cameron Garland
Design, Paper Craft

Handcrafted Floral Typography Created Entirely Out of Paper

Lavanya Naidoo paper typography

Cre­at­ing typog­ra­phy, in gen­er­al, is chal­leng­ing, but it’s even more so when done by hand. Lavanya Naidoo has excelled at pro­duc­ing clean, bold text, and she did it entire­ly out of paper. Her beau­ti­ful piece A Thorn in My Side fea­tures black block type paired with sculpt­ed and quilled flo­rals. The visu­al heav­i­ness of the white petals—that look incred­i­bly realistic—offsets the pink lines to cre­ate bal­ance that excites the eye. This piece is even bet­ter when viewed from the side because you see all of the great three dimen­sion­al details.

Lavanya sells this image as a print through her online shop.

Lavanya Naidoo paper typography

Lavanya Naidoo paper typography

Lavanya Naidoo paper typography

Lavanya Naidoo paper typography

Lavanya Naidoo paper typography
Paper Craft, Sculpture

Colorful Paper Cacti That Won’t Wilt or Prick You (!!)

Kim Sielbeck paper cacti Kim Sielbeck paper cacti

This past spring, I mar­veled over illus­tra­tor Kim Siel­beck’s tiny paper cac­ti with their bold col­ors and charm­ing pat­terned pots.  So, when I was in the mid­st of plan­ning Inside / Out­side at Flow­er Pep­per Gallery, I knew her work would be per­fect for it. I was so hap­py that Kim agreed and cre­at­ed a host of new plants—some large and some small—just for the show.

The pieces seen here are now avail­able through Flow­er Pep­per Gallery’s web­site. If you’ve been think­ing about buy­ing her work—do it! The cac­ti are even more delight­ful in per­son. And if you’re some­one with a brown thumb, you still reap the ben­e­fits of some green with­out the fear of them wilt­ing.

Kim Sielbeck paper cacti

Kim Sielbeck paper cacti

Kim Sielbeck paper cacti

Kim Sielbeck paper cacti

Kim Sielbeck paper cacti

Kim Sielbeck paper cacti

Kim Sielbeck paper cacti

Kim Sielbeck paper cacti

Kim Sielbeck paper cacti
Paper Craft

Intricate Cut Paper Castles You Can Hold in the Palm of Your Hand

Ultralazer cut paper

I’ve nev­er been to It’s a Small World in Dis­ney­land, but I’ve always admired Mary Blair’s ver­sion that fea­tures styl­ized build­ings con­struct­ed out of sim­ple, col­or­ful shapes. It’s this aes­thet­ic that instant­ly drew me to the cut-paper works of Ultra­laz­er, a col­lab­o­ra­tive project from two France-based mak­ers named Max­ence and Pauline.

Togeth­er, Max­ence and Pauline cre­ate play­ful sce­nes that you can hold in the palm of your hand. I’m par­tial to their castles, but nature sce­nes are com­mon, too. Regard­less of the land­scape, each is craft­ed with a stun­ning atten­tion to detail.

Ultralazer cut paper

Ultralazer cut paper

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Ultralazer cut paper

Ultralazer cut paper

Ultralazer cut paper

Ultralazer cut paper

Ultralazer cut paper
Paper Craft

Everything in the Kitchen but Its Sink Is Exquisitely Crafted with Paper

Los Mercados de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Plants! Shrimp! Kabobs! Every­thing is made bet­ter with paper, don’t you think? Los Mer­ca­dos de Las Pal­mas de Gran Canaria or trans­lat­ed, Mar­kets Las Pal­mas fea­tures a bevy of deli­cious foods and beau­ti­ful blooms. They have a exquis­ite sense of crafts­man­ship and col­or, made even more com­pelling with eye-catch­ing arrange­ments.

The­se com­po­si­tions were cre­at­ed for an adver­tis­ing cam­paign col­lab­o­ra­tion between Club de Esgri­ma, María Lau­ra Benaven­te, and Jorge León.

Los Mercados de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Los Mercados de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Los Mercados de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Los Mercados de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Los Mercados de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Los Mercados de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Los Mercados de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Los Mercados de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Los Mercados de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria