The Hidden Potential of Paper

As I have posted paper-related items before, it should come as no shocker that I am into paper stuff.  Perhaps it was my childhood spent crafting, or the fact that paper is one of the cheapest, most readily available products ever and you can do so many amazing things with it.  Either way, all of these amazing paper creations are proof that I’m not the only paper nerd out there…

We Are Paper Toys is an excellent collection of paper toy designs and design techniques from some of the best contemporary artists and designers around the world.  The book includes sketches of the toys, and step-by-step instructions on how to construct each one and make them your own. We Are Paper Toys also includes a DVD featuring the templates for all the toys in the book!











Papertoy Monsters features incredible creations from 25 of the most talented papertoy designers from Indonesia and Japan to Croatia, Australia to Chile.  The book includes 50 fiendishly original die-cut designs that are ready to pop out, fold, and glue, and each character comes with their very own back-story (kind of like American Girls, but WAY more cool!).   From Zumbie the Zombie, who loves nothing more than a nice plate of brains and yams, to Nom Nom, eater of cities, and Grumpy Gramps, the hairy grandpa monster with his very own moustache collection, I think just about everyone can have fun with this one.

Papercraft is a collection of the best, the brightest, and the most creative of paper artists.  From those who make small objects and figures to the others who work on larger scale projects, this book covers them all.  And as an excellent bonus, the illustrated book also includes a DVD with printable templates for creating your own paper characters and toys as well as a curated selection of the best stop-motion animations.

Urban Paper presents another collection of 26 of the coolest designer paper toys in existence, ready to be cut out and built. Each papertoy has step-by-step instructions, complete with easy-to-use diagrams, so even a novice will be able to figure each one out with the help of a pair of scissors and a few dabs of glue.  The book includes interviews with contributors such as Shin Tanaka, Ben the Illustrator, NiceBunny, Cubotoy and Kenn Munk. Plus, Urban Paper comes with a DVD that includes all sorts of bonus features like all 26 toy templates in PDF format (so you can build cities full of papertoys), plus a ton of extras; basic shapes (so you can learn the building blocks of papertoys); blank templates (so you can create your own).


And coming soon … Paper Punk.




Obviously, these aren’t the only ones out there.  Check out this pretty rad forum of paper nerds I stumbled upon when finding all of these amazing books – Nice Paper Toys – if there is anything you want to learn about papertoys, I’ll bet you can find it there!



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