Is it possible to give life to some dead, brittle, white and cold sheets of paper? Sometimes your hands can more than you think! It is necessary to have an eleven-blade knife, a surgical scalpel, or simple scissors to make something amazing. Some people just believed in the power of handcrafts and they have turned the simple sheets of paper into masterpieces that costed thousands of dollars.
Engravings from Rice Paper by Bovey Lee
Chinese artist Bovey Lee is trying to revive an ancient type of Chinese art that is carving on rice paper. Each engraving is created in several stages. First, the author draws the subjects on an ordinary paper and transfers them to digital format, thus creating a template for a future engraving. Everything else is done according to the ancient Chinese method: the long and complicated process of carving is done with a special eleven-blade knife. This artist likes to improvise when carving drawings that require extraordinary care. Bovey Lee carvings stand out not only for their variety of themes, but also for their shapes. Everything can be found in her gallery from intricate abstract geometric ornaments to incredibly realistic landscapes, portraits, or plot paintings, in which the author inserts historical or fantastic features.
Patterns of Hina Aoyama
Japanese-born French artist Hina Aoyama not only carves intricate ornaments on paper, but also glues them to glass or fabrics. Hina Aoyama cuts the ornaments with the simplest scissors. It only needs to be imagined what patience and cold-bloodedness the artist needs to have because a masterpiece can be damaged by the only one wrong movement or shake of her hand.
Isaac Salazar and His Bas-reliefs from the Pages of Books
Artist Isaac Salazar captures paper bas-reliefs on a slightly different principle. This master does not need any scissors or knives. His superpower is to fold the pages of books. While he is folding the pages, the artist usually “writes” some words in his bas-reliefs that reflect the meaning of the book (e.g. “Read”, “Create”, “Dream”). Sometimes the artist leaves drawings, signs, or some symbols in the profile pages of a book. The artist considers his creative method to be unique because his sculptures can always be restored to the previous form of a healthy and undamaged book and only some slightly marks of the folded pages may remain.
Sculptures from Carved Paper by Elsa Mora
The Cuban-American artist Elsa Mora has a wide range of talents, but one of the most surprising is the ability to carve fragile and graceful sculptures out of the simple paper. The author claims that the stories of her works are prompted by life. With her sculptures, Elsa tells stories about family, motherhood, love, nature. The artist cuts the carvings with a special knife that can be used to cut the smallest details.
Spatial Scenes from Old Books by Su Blackwell
The English artist Su Blackwell creates her masterpieces from old books. The author cuts the details of the paper sculptures with a surgical scalpel and then glues them together. The artist accommodates and displays the finished works in glass showcases or wooden boxes. The author usually searches for plots for her paper stories in some old books.