Paper Finger Puppets

Paper Finger Puppets

The Sunday Paper #416

June 5, 2022

I had the pleasure of talking with Owen Gildersleeve on Paper Talk, an artist specializing in handcrafted illustration, set design & art direction. His unique style, honed over the past 12 years, brings graphic designs to life through layers of hand-cut paper and a playful use of depth & shadow. His practice ranges from intricate illustrations, to large-scale sets and installations, teaming up with the likes of Apple, LUSH, Penguin Books & NASA. Oh, and he illustrated the cover of The Art of Papercraft. Enjoy our conversation!

Photos by Jon Aaron Green


Check out the paper weavings of Jonpaul Smith. Wowza! He creates complex, tapestry-like constructs, made up of hundreds of interwoven strips of discarded consumer packaging, original traditional and non-traditional prints, gouache paintings, smoke transfers and other paper ephemera.

©Jonpaul Smith, Family Ties, paper construct, 30x42in, 2014


I just discovered the amazing work of Nancy Mintz, now on view (for a couple more days) at Gallery Geheim in Bellingham, Washington. Using fine brass wire and gossamer-thin Japanese printmaking paper, the artist creates translucent and reflective abstract forms with an otherworldly, ethereal presence.


These paper puppets are so cute! Learn how to fold them, add facial features, and put on a show!

As seen on Paper Folds – Origami & Crafts.


I created a video about the process of creating my new installation, Step Into The Light. Have a look!


I’m featuring one-sheet wonders here on the blog, since the projects in my new book, The Art of Papercraft, fall into that category. I’d love to feature your one-sheet wonders!

I’m creating a series of informational videos about the book. This cleverly folded Origami Candy Dish is delightful to fold. Trinity Adams, the 12-year-old director of marketing for the nonprofit Paper for Water, came up with this design by accident when she was just 7. She was trying to fold a fortune-teller. Remember learning to fold those with friends at school? Well, Adams made a mistake and ended up with this design instead. If you try folding a fortune-teller, you’ll see where she went wrong. Sometimes mistakes lead to new inventions. This video is one of a growing series of videos featuring the projects in the book.

Photo by Mars Vilaubi ©Storey Publishing for The Art of Papercraft

Paper Tidbits:


In the Studio:

Years ago, a class participant brought spiral bound copies of my books to a workshop, and I thought it was brilliant. This week, I finally got around to rebinding my own. It was so inexpensive at my local copy shop! And it makes complete sense since these are workbooks – flat pages for easy reference when your hands are wet.

Speaking of wet hands, I adore this photo of two papermakers referring to The Papermaker’s Companion in a British sea.


Featured in my Studio shop:

The Art of Papercraft, Papermaking with Garden Plants & Common Weeds, Water Paper Time, a film download, and The Papermaker’s Companion.

The Art of Papercraft


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  1. Marcia Vogler says:

    Love the weaving! Check out Galen Gibson-Cornell on Instagram. Super imaginative weaving, also using found materials.

  2. Nancy Mintz’s work is STUNNING – thank you for sharing!

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