paper cutting has definitely has a resurgence in the past few years, thanks to amazing artists like rob ryan. while i love the highly ornate work that’s been making the rounds for the last year or so, i find myself longing for something slightly simpler, with fewer details and stronger shapes. so i was happy to see these sweet paper cut whales and birds from jonathan at mrYen at etsy. jonathan creates hand cut stationery and art that ranges from $10-$45 depending on size and style. i really love the whales above because well, my inner preppy-person will always gravitate towards tiny whales or crocodiles. click here to check out and shop jonathan’s collection online. thanks, jonathan!

  1. Ruedevamp says:

    I love me some papercutting. I had posted about The Heart of Papercuts. That is an amazing site

  2. Gina A. says:

    UGHHHHH…. I LOOOOVE this. I used to have a calendar of papercuttings that was my favorite!! I wish I remembered who the artist was!

  3. Lauren says:

    i just purchased a print of the london map from famille summerbelle and i’m so excited to recieve it. i’m just amazed at the beautiful art these talented people make (to have that patience!!!).

  4. Jo says:

    Papercutting is such a neat artform! I’m entranced. I’ve been eyeing a few hand cut cards on Etsy that might make nice gifts. MrYen has a few showcased that are beautiful and so does this little shop:

  5. says:

    I heart those whales BIG time! This whole shop is utterly fab – off to look at some more! :)

  6. Katie says:

    I’m so happy that there is so much appreciation for papercuts these days and I’m glad to see more examples of bolder, simpler work. (Although I love the ornate work too.)

    I did my senior thesis with papercuts that fall somewhere in between the two styles:

  7. Here at Assemble Gallery & Studio in Seattle, we are featuring the absolutely mind-blowing paper cut artist, Molly Bosley. Check out her work available online in the gallery section of our website or

  8. oops! or at her personal website

    her range is huge but I prefer her papercuts

  9. Beth says:

    I went to see Mr Yen’s graduation show – it was stunning. Did a mini interview with him here:
    So talented…

  10. Littleclouds says:

    oooh I love Mr.Yens work, I love his vintage map notepads, his design aesthetic is simple and understated.


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