Paper Birds by Tambella Arts and The Paper Ark

Although I've enjoyed collating recent posts about paper jewelry and party decorations, this week I'm happy to be featuring three artisans who create remarkable paper art that can be used as home decor.

Quilled Pink Cockatoo - detail of head

Cockatoos really are amongst my favourite birds. They roost in huge numbers on our property between four big gum trees that sit on our boundary. At dusk they move en masse as a unit from one area to another. Like a feathery cloud squawking constantly. ~ Carrie Birch

Stylized Kingfisher Paper Art Framed Bird

Carrie of Tambella Arts makes colorful on-edge paper birds, flowers, and more. I love the way her images capture a slice of life in a faraway place that I might not ever have the chance to visit. While we have pretty birds here in the northeastern U.S., how I would love to look out my window and see vivid cockatoos the way she describes!

Three examples of Australian Flora Paper Art

Influenced by the native flora and fauna of her Queensland, Australia home, Carrie combines quilling with paper cutting to create neatly done designs.

Australian Magpie Framed Paper Art

She accepts custom requests and enjoys the opportunity of bringing clients' wishes to life.

Australian Bird - Head Detail

Follow along with the latest creations of Etsy shop Tambella Arts via Instagram and Facebook.

Common Kestral Miniature Paper Bird

Like Carrie, Nayan and Vaishali of Etsy shop ThePaperArkStore (formerly NV Illustration) are nature lovers. They turn the birds they see near their home in Ahmedabad, India and around the world into paper art. It has the added attraction of being really, really tiny!

Bluethroat Bird Miniature Paper Art

Currently, they're participating in 365 Days of Miniature Art. I follow along on Instagram where I'm enjoying becoming more informed about a diverse collection of feathered friends via their posts.

Greater Flamingo Baby Bird Paper Art

Often the birds are photographed outdoors, making them even more appealing. So lovely, in fact, I think they could print these images and list them in their shop!

Sunbittern Miniature Paper Bird

While working for the National Institute of Design as model makers, the duo loved sketching just for fun between tasks. They realized that others might enjoy their art as well, which led to the opening of their shop.

Rufous Hummingbird Miniature Paper Bird

Each paper bird is drawn, hand cut with a scalpel, painted with watercolors, assembled, and mounted on a backing paper ready to be framed as wall art. Nayan and Vaishali also create dioramas, paper jewelry, and custom portraits. 


2023 edit: NV Illustration is now called ThePaperArk.

Ann Martin
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  1. I absolutely LOVE paper so it is ALWAYS a thrill to visit here and see the work of artists working with paper. No disappointment this morning. Such lovely and diverse examples of talent.

    1. So happy to hear you enjoyed the post, Karen!

  2. Hang on a sec. Let me get my magnifying glass...

    Incredible paper work! You can tell how much patience is needed for projects like these.


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