Once in a while, I tend to focus on one particular miniature artist on 1 blog post, instead of reviewing several at once. Just because the topic is quite different or the artist him/herself is different, like today where I will be talking about miniature 3D paper art.
One artist from who I kept seeing her fantastic work on Instagram and Etsy is surely worthwhile to take a closer and more detailed look at is “Malena Valcarcel”.
What is 3D paper art, some more info?
You have probably heard of origami before? This paper art is originally from Japan and it’s a form of art where folding paper in a certain way and using different techniques, can get you magnificent little sculptures, just made from paper.
The most known design of origami would be the paper crane, aka the “Orizuru”.
But today, we will be talking about another kind of 3D paper art and that is Kirigami. What is that you might wonder?
Well, instead of just folding paper and not being allowed to use anything else, Kirigami also allows cutting in paper and even use glue to put the pieces of paper together. Kiri actually means “to cut” and “gami” stands for paper.
I would really advise taking a look at this Youtube video below of the fantastic Kirigami-artist called Nahoko Kojima.
Besides (large or small) sculptures, this 3D paper art cutting method is also used for example for postcards. In the world of kirigami, they are also called ‘Pop-Up’ cards.
How they are made, you can see again in the next Youtube video. It looks pretty easy, but I do think you need a lot of patience 🙂
I am not going to go down the rabbit hole to explain how this art is done or how to make these very particular pieces because that would simply take me way too far from our hobby: dollhouses and miniatures.
What kind of paper is used for paper art crafting?
One more thing though that can be of interest to you and that is the answer to the question: what kind of paper is used?
In short: it can technically be done with any kind of paper. But, when you make something with many layers and lots of folding, very thin paper is used for obvious reasons.
Now for postcards and pop-up cards, it seems that artists prefer watercolor paper because the texture makes the design a lot more interesting.
With this blog post, I just wanted to show you the wonderful work of the artist called Malena Valcarcel. Through her Etsy shop and her social media pages, etc.
So let’s go, shall we? 😉
This Etsy shop makes or sells.
122 different items are sold on the artists’ Etsy store. Everything is made from paper but also book art.
Some more info about this shop.
Malena Valcárcel is from Spain and loves books and reading them, obviously 🙂
Those books she uses as a canvas to tell her own stories, and she is doing that by means of 3D paper art.
The books that she uses are books that otherwise would get thrown away in the trash and thus she creates wonderful and unique pieces of art.
What has this got to do with miniatures you might wonder?
Well, first of all, the sculptures she makes on the books are tiny ;-). And second, she also creates other miniatures, made from paper.
A small list of what she makes:
- Jewelry, made by paper art. Or jewelry that involves tiny miniature books and glass. See pictures below to see what I mean.
- All kinds of paper sculptures and book art. Lots of different things: little trees, tiny houses, mini animals, miniature accesories/shoes/plants, etc, all in miniature size.
- she also sells a variety of mixed media, including this magnifecent fairy , mushrooms, flowers in a glass dome, etc..
- other gorgeous and fun items that she sells are matchbox art and diorama’s.
- she also sells 2 tutorials: 1= A DIY tutorial on how to make a Christmas tree book, 2= A DIY tutorial for folded book art.
Her Social Media Channels.
Pretty pricey, check out her shop below!
It would be hard to not give this papercraft artist 5 stars, right? 😉
Where to get this item.
On Etsy here.
The good and the bad :
I would normally make a distinction between ‘good’ points and ‘bad’ points, but I consider this store like art and “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”.
Furthermore, I consider Malena Valcarcel to be a real professional in her niche (paper art and book art), so hence the 5 stars!
Other good points are:
- It is a TOP-shop on Etsy for buyers, this means that a lot of people give it a 5-star review
- returns and exchanges are accepted
- fast shipping
- good packaging
The only thing that’s troubling me is that I haven’t won the lottery to be able to buy her work, lol! 🙂
My Final Conclusion.
I must say that I am quite impressed with the work of Malena Valcarcel and her 3D paper art miniatures and her book art, of course.
Do you have any questions or would you like to add something on the topic, then please leave a comment below or join me on my Facebook group.
I wish you happy crafting and/or collecting!