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Paper Craft

10 Cut Paper Illustrations to Put You in Tune with Nature

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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

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
Collage, Illustration

Cut Paper Collages Enhanced with the Power of a Pen

Irene Servillo illustration

For the past week, I’ve con­tin­u­al­ly admired the cut paper illus­tra­tions of Irene Servil­lo. It might come as no surprise—after all, her work is craft­ed out of col­lage, my favorite medi­um. Using cut paper and draw­ing, Irene cre­ates styl­ized fig­ures and sce­nes by employ­ing col­or­ful, eye-pleas­ing shapes that inter­min­gle through­out the com­po­si­tion.

Irene Servillo illustration

Irene Servillo illustration

Irene Servillo illustration

Irene Servillo illustration

Irene Servillo illustration

Irene Servillo illustration

Irene Servillo illustration

Irene Servillo illustration

Irene Servillo illustration
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
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
Collage

Cut Paper Portraits Illustrate Our Connectedness with the World at Large

Molly Costello cut paper

Illus­tra­tor Mol­ly Costel­lo crafts com­pelling por­trai­ture from cut paper. The exquis­ite compositions—powerful in their simplicity—are informed by her years “work­ing on urban youth pro­gram­ming around sus­tain­abil­i­ty and social injus­tice,” reflect­ing the themes she encoun­tered dur­ing that time: com­mu­ni­ty, strug­gle, love, and more. “Through my work I focus on ideas of con­nect­ed­ness,” she writes, “con­nect­ed­ness with our whole selves, with each oth­er, our com­mu­ni­ties, its sys­tems, the nat­u­ral world, and the ener­gy and divine of our uni­verse at large.”

Mol­ly sells prints of her work on Etsy!

Molly Costello cut paper

Molly Costello cut paper

Molly Costello cut paper

Molly Costello cut paper

Molly Costello cut paper

Molly Costello cut paper

Molly Costello cut paper

Molly Costello cut paper

Molly Costello cut paper

Molly Costello
Paper Craft

Charming Cut Paper Characters Live in 2D and 3D Worlds

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Illus­tra­tor Mal­in Koort cre­ates charm­ing char­ac­ters out of cut paper. Her work fea­tures ele­ments of 2D and 3D design—most notably, she’ll fold paper and casts its shad­ows onto the com­po­si­tion. This pro­duces the illu­sion that they’re real­ly sit­ting. Sur­face patterns—on cloth­ing, in hair, etc—are oth­er­wise drawn onto the fig­ures. Cou­pled with bright col­ors, the­se two approach­es give her work a fresh and play­ful feel with the best of both flat and tac­tile worlds.

Mal­in sells select­ed works on Soci­ety6. I’m par­tial to her iPhone cas­es!

Malin Koort

Malin Koort

Malin Koort

Malin Koort

Malin Koort

Malin Koort

Malin Koort

Malin Koort

Malin Koort
Artist, Paper Craft

Silhouettes by Eugenia Zoloto Transform Oridinary Portraits into Splendorous Nature Scenes

Eugenia Zoloto

Using an X-Acto knife and some care­ful cut­ting, Ukraine-based artist Euge­nia Zolo­to cre­ates intri­cate sil­hou­ettes out of twist­ing vines, beau­ti­ful blooms, and winged insects. The large, lacy portraits—around 15 inch­es by 11 inches—look stun­ning again­st a range of back­drops (check out the vibrant green grass, below). Some of them are now avail­able in Eugenia’s Etsy shop, where you can frame them how­ev­er you like.

Eugenia Zoloto

Eugenia Zoloto

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Illustrated products, Paper Craft

Mlle Hipolyte Now Sells Her Meticulous Cut Paper Creations on Etsy (Yay!)

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Mlle Hipoly­te is one of my favorite cut-paper artists work­ing today. I love the metic­u­lous­ness of her sculp­tures and the mask-like appear­ance that they all have. Their exag­ger­at­ed col­ors and fea­tures give Mlle’s pieces a car­toon­ish qual­i­ty, inject­ing some whim­sy into her ani­mal char­ac­ters.

Mlle has recent­ly opened an Etsy shop where she sells her hand­made cre­ations. There, you can pur­chase hang able busts of pan­das, bears, fox­es,  and more. In addi­tion, she also fea­tures DIY kits to make your own low-poly owls. Fun!

Check out Mlle’s gigan­tic cut-paper mural that she made last sum­mer.

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Mlle Hipolyte

Mlle Hipolyte

Mlle Hipolyte

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Paper Craft

2 Intricate Cut Paper Illustrations to Admire

If you’ve read this blog for even a lit­tle while, you know that I’m a big fan of cut paper illus­tra­tions. The­se are two projects—by dif­fer­ent illustrators—that I’ve enjoyed, and I thought you would too!

If you fol­low me on Tum­blr or Insta­gram, then you’ve seen part of the­se before. Fol­low me to see dai­ly illus­tra­tions that don’t always make it on here!

Sonia Poli:

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Pergy Acuña:

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