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Embroidery, Illustration, Paper Craft

The Color Series | 20 Artworks That Cloak Their Compositions in Blue

Blue illustrations

You can’t under­state the impor­tance of color—especially in art. It wields its pow­er in all sorts of ways, from set­ting the mood to giv­ing us impor­tant visu­al clues. Over the next sev­er­al weeks, I’ll share a selec­tion of illus­tra­tion, paper craft, and embroi­dery that over­whelm­ing­ly uses one hue in its com­po­si­tion. Called The Col­or Series, first up are blue illus­tra­tions.

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Paper Craft

Tiny Talisman are Pocket-Sized Paper Craft That Wish You Good Luck

Tiny talisman you can hold in your hand

Juli­ette Sallin, aka Gang of Frey­ja, is an illus­tra­tor and cut paper artist who works on a minia­ture scale. She’s recent­ly cre­at­ed a series of “pock­et tal­is­man,” which fea­ture styl­ized hands and paper flow­ers encased in small glass jars. The exquis­ite cre­ations are small enough to fit between two fingers—and put in your pock­et for good luck. “I like to think of my paper cuts as tiny trea­sures that reveal a secret we all car­ry deep inside,” she says. “[That] our innate rela­tion­ship with our world is light­heart­ed and sen­su­ous.”

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Inspirational Instagram, Paper Craft

10 Inspiring Paper Artists to Follow on Instagram

Follow the best paper artists on Instagram

Over the past 4 weeks, I’ve shared over 30 of my favorite Insta­gram feeds from some of my must-fol­low cre­atives. Through embroi­dery artists, illus­tra­tors, and sketch­book keep­ers, it’s so easy to be inspired by sim­ply turn­ing on your phone.

In one of the final stops of our tour, I’ve select­ed 10 of the best paper artists on Insta­gram. They each have their own way of work­ing and turn­ing the 2D mate­r­i­al into spec­tac­u­lar 3D sculp­tures.
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Paper Craft

Cubist-Inspired Paper Cutouts Are Effortlessly Cut From a Single Sheet of Paper

Cut Paper Illustration

José Anto­nio Roda cre­ates paper cutouts that look like line draw­ings. Inspired by the Cubist style, his hand cut por­traits have a Picas­so-esque feel—like one of his famous sketch­es. Pro­duced from a sin­gle sheet of paper, his care­ful inci­sions have this effort­less look about them. Shape design is a huge part of cut paper illus­tra­tion, and a big appeal of José’s work is their obvi­ous ded­i­ca­tion to detail and craft.

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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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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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