10 papercut projects that you'll fall in love with

See papercut projects, both hand-made and digital, that'll make you want to try it yourself (we'll show you how).


After coming across People Too's adorable papercut pet portraits this week, we can't get enough of the craft. That's why we're bringing you 10 more examples, and we're sure you'll fall in love with them.

Most of these projects are, of course, made from paper, but you might be surprised to hear that we've also got some digital artwork that uses papercut techniques to create wonderful images and sometimes even animations without the need for a scalpel. Take a look at the video above for example.

Read on to see the papercut projects we've selected. You're bound to be inspired to create your own once you've seen how beautiful they are.

Best papercut projects: People Too's Pet Portraits

This proud cat is one of the designs from People's Too's Pet Portraits project. The intricate designs use various bright and colourful paper textures and we think they're fantastic.

You can see more of the Pet Portraits here, or read on to see our other favourite papercut projects.

Best papercut projects: The Proof That We Are Soulmates

The video above shows The Proof That We Are Soulmates, an animation by Emanuele Colombo based on Drake Martinet's widely seen infographic, which Drake used to propose to his girlfriend (who is now his wife).

The animation uses papercut techniques to create this gorgeous effect, and you can find out how in his tutorial here.


Best papercut projects: Eiko Ojala

Another digital version of papercut now, this one by the talented Eiko Ojala. His artwork applies an authenticity of light, shadow and texture to make it appear to be cut from paper, but in fact it's been made in Photoshop.

Find out more about digital papercut illustration in our interview with Eiko here.

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Best papercut projects: Run Free

Also opting for digital papercut techniques, UK-based Pedro Oyarbide and Craig Minchington have collaborated on this Run Free illustration with a clever use of colour and shadows used to create a 3D effect. The duo used Photoshop, Illustrator, Maxon Cinema 3D and Vray on the project.


Best papercut projects: Rob Ryan

Rob Ryan is the king of papercut, and we love his enchanting The Invisible Kingdom book (as well as the subsequent The Kingdom Revealed and The upcoming Invincible Kingdom), which coincided with an exhibition that showcases some of Rob's largest pieces to date worth up to £20,000. You can see more here.


Best papercut projects: Rachel Hunter's The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Earlier this year, Shillington students redesigned book covers with hand-drawn, cut, stitched or painted elements, and they're all lovely. One of our favourites was this papercut version of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, designed by Rachel Hunter.

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Best papercut projects: La Siesta

Spanish illustrator Jotaka reminds us of the important of hugs in his brilliant La Siesta papercut project. We love the use of overlapping layers in this instance, too.


Best papercut projects: Valcav Bicha

Another character-led papercut project now, this one from Portugese artist Vaclav Bicha who has gone for a sea theme.


Best papercut projects: Thumb Demon

The use of light in Harikrishnan Panicker (aka Thumb Demon)'s beautiful papercut illustrations is delightful, adding even more depth and a touch of magic.

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Best papercut projects: Mr Yen