2012 Year in Review: Best of Art

Our most popular Art posts run the gamut as far as media goes but one thing they have in common is they’re all beautiful works to visually delight your eyes and mind. With a little bit of humor and a lot of “How’d they do that?”, they’re all worth re-visiting for a little (or a lot) of inspiration. Read more to see the most popular art post of the year.

10. Magazine and Newspaper Sculptures by Yun-Woo Choi
Three-dimensional sculptures made from rolled up newspaper and magazines, resin, and wire that will simply blow your mind.

9. 30+ Modern Thank You Cards
We came up with 30+ ways to show your appreciation without having to go completely Hallmark-y. I’m sure you can think of a few people to thank after the holidays, right?

8. Amazing Light and Shadow Art by Kumi Yamashita
Silhouettes of people and faces are created by using simple shapes and projecting a single light source onto them. Can you imagine the time spent adjusting the pieces just so in order to get the shadow just right? I’m thinking Yamashita has some serious patience.

7. WTP Branding by Reynolds and Reyner
Have you ever seen a more colorful line of paint and paint supplies? It’s brilliantly creative and could inspire anyone to pick up a paint roller.

6. Lauren Clay
Painted strips of paper and papier-mâché turned into three-dimensional, jaw-dropping awesomeness.

5. Alberto Seveso
Who knew mixing two colors of ink with water and taking a high-speed photograph of it could create such breathtaking results?

4. Nobuhiro Nakanishi
The passage of time is documented in a series of photographs that are laser printed, mounted on acrylic, and layered to become mesmerizing sculptural installations.

3. 3D Origami by Jun Mitani
I’m pretty sure this guy has a Ph.D. in paper folding because his 3D origami is pure magic. Imagine the paper cuts.

2. Tiny Art at Your Fingertips: Nail Landscapes by Alice Bartlett
Oh hey there, tiny people hanging out on the tips of those fingers. A trip to the hobby store’s model train section inspired Bartlett to create these nail landscapes because she thought they’d make some really neat photos. She was right.

And your most favorite art post of 2012 was… wait for it…

1. Reminders by Erin Hanson
Because who doesn’t need a little reminder or a gentle suggestion from time to time?

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.