Discover the Tools and Techniques Behind Christine Kim’s Intricate Paper Art

Paper – a blank canvas to be printed, cut, folded, drawn on, and more.

Christine Kim, a Toronto-based paper artist, uses paper to make her surreal, intricate visions come to life.

Her impressive artwork serves as a prime example to show that paper’s possibilities know no bounds.

Interestingly enough, her unique style of work began as a complete accident with a drawing that she had deemed unusable on its own. Her multi-layered, elemental works feature realistic portraits and figures alongside objects and ideas that inspire her.

Some of her deepest sources of inspiration include:

  • Geometry
  • Shadows cast from trees, plants, and stained glass windows
  • Monet’s “Water Lilies”
  • Frosted vellum
  • Architectural ruins
  • Toni Morrison’s “Sula”
  • Drawing on stones

Whispers of these often make appearances in her elaborate pieces, intricately and expertly cut, shaped, and layered to add dimension and elegance. Additionally, Kim often adds in muted watercolor washes to her pieces as splashes of color.

Per Kim, one of the moments she experienced that directed her on this path:

“I think one of the most valuable exercises I did in art school was a color and collage project. After painting and drawing on paper, they told us to break it into pieces and reorganize it. This practice encouraged us to worry less about the process and be open to accidents and experiments, pushing the creative process forward, through intuition rather than deliberation.”

With simple tools such as bristol paper, a bone folder, pencils, Q-tips, scissors, and a cutting machine, Kim creates ornate, complex works of art in her very own aesthetic over hours of focused, dedicated time.

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