This Beautiful Art Looks Like Calligraphy, But It’s So Much More Impressive

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While working a job in HR, Istanbul-based artist Sena Runa discovered the craft of paper quilling. People who quill start by rolling up bits of colorful paper into amazing 3-D images, which is exactly what this artist started doing behind her desk.

Runa quit her job when she realized just how amazing she was at creating quilled art. She’s now living every artist’s dream by supporting herself with her creations full time!

Her pieces blend color, texture, and form into beautifully detailed compositions.

Her pieces blend color, texture, and form into beautifully detailed compositions.

She can make just about anything look interesting.

She can make just about anything look interesting.

Runa creates her shapes by carefully rolling and folding strips of paper. Depending on the shapes she creates and the tightness of the rolls, she can achieve different effects and patterns from swirling, sweeping curves, to sharp, precise angles.

To add extra depth, she sometimes incorporates drawn and painted elements.

When they’re not mounted on paper, Runa’s pieces also cast beautiful shadows!

When they're not mounted on paper, Runa's pieces also cast beautiful shadows!

It’s like they’re two pieces in one.

The paper in this cute little crab is evocative of ocean swells.

The paper in this cute little crab is evocative of ocean swells.

Even paper with text on it looks beautiful when quilled.

Even paper with text on it looks beautiful when quilled.

(via Colossal)

You can see more of Runa’s work on Instagram and Facebook. If you’d like a piece of quilled art for yourself, you can also find them for sale on Etsy.

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