Maybe keeping plants alive just isn’t your thing. But that’s alright—because with so many great paper versions, you can enjoy the beauty of these plants without water or adequate sunlight. Raya Sader Bujana has created miniature paper sculptures that you admire from the tip of your finger.
Read Brown Paper Bag for any length of time and you’ll see my affinity for both paper craft and flowers. I can’t get enough! Sarah Yakawonis is the latest paper artist to catch my eye with her shop Folded Petal. Her Masterpieces series involves her replicating some of art history’s most famous flowers, like Van Gogh’s Irises, to create a 3D version of the classic painting.
Artist and illustrator Andrea Wan creates some of my favorite surreal art. For years, I’ve admired her paintings of people fused with botanicals and architecture. Not afraid to branch out from conventional 2D ink paintings, Andrea has translated her dreamlike sensibilities into three dimensional paper art.
I know that just last week I started the series Around the World, and I had all intentions to continue it today. But, I got a little distracted when Tiffanie Turner’s The Fine Art of Paper Flowers arrived in the mail. I love making faux flowers—last Halloween, I made a whole bunch of them for my costume—but I hadn’t tried making paper flowers before. I was eager to give one of her tutorials a try.
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.
Kelly Pousette captures storybook scenes in paper dioramas. The shadowbox illustrations are vignettes that chronicle the adventures of a small fox as it traverses wintery scenes, naps by a cozy fire, and enjoys the beauty of blooms.
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.”
If you’ve read Brown Paper Bag for a while, you already know that I’m a big fan of 100 day projects. I love the dedication that comes with it, as well as the creative magic that can happen when you explore a single topic in so many ways. Over the next two days, I’ll share a couple of 100 day projects that have recently caught my eye.
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.