Paper art by Yulia Brodskaya: Candy crush

Images courtesy of Yulia Brodskaya

Using a centuries-old technique known as quilling, Russian artist Yulia Brodskaya manipulates strips of colorful paper by rolling, looping and curling them into decorative shapes. She then uses glue to meld all the filigreed pieces together into one cohesive visual.

Although she began her art career as a graphic designer and illustrator, Brodskaya moved away from Photoshop after discovering her passion for handcrafting these three-dimensional paper masterpieces.

"Paper always held a special fascination for me," she explains on her website. "I've tried many different methods and techniques [for] working with it until I found the way that has turned out to be 'the one' for me. Now I draw with paper instead of on it."

It wasn't long before Brodskaya's uniquely innovative work gained an international reputation. Today, the cheerful work has been commissioned by a number of high-profile clients, including Starbucks, Sephora, Target, the New York Times, Neiman Marcus and many more.

Continue below for a look at some of the expertly constructed pieces she's completed over the years.

Paper art by Yulia Brodskaya: Peacock

Paper art by Yulia Brodskaya: LovesDoves

Paper art by Yulia Brodskaya: Cherry blossoms

Paper art by Yulia Brodskaya: I love you mom

Paper art by Yulia Brodskaya: Black and white and color

Paper art by Yulia Brodskaya: Peony

Paper art by Yulia Brodskaya: Coins

Paper art by Yulia Brodskaya: Tropical fish

Paper art by Yulia Brodskaya: Shopping

Paper art by Yulia Brodskaya: Firebird

Paper art by Yulia Brodskaya: Shine

Paper art by Yulia Brodskaya: Jungle

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