Amy Gibson's medium is magazines. The Seattle artist folds sections of recycled periodicals into color slabs, which she combines into one-of-a-kind wall art and mirror frames. (www.etsy.com/shop/colorstorydesigns)
If paper decor intrigues you, visit other Etsy.com stores for items or inspiration. Israeli artist Ruti Ben Dror offers functional bowls made of origami folded paper. San Antonio, Texas-based Shannon Ruby crafts clocks out of recycled magazines and paper; some are made of myriad curled paper circles, others are starbursts made of colorful rolled pages. And she'll custom design. (www.etsy.com)
You'll find similar brightly hued work done by Indian craftsmen, in folded or spooled storage boxes and vessels at HomeGoods. (www.homegoods.com)
Restoration Hardware Baby & Child has papier-mâché animal heads, including sharks, antelope, giraffes and stags, made by Haitian artists out of recycled paper similar to newsprint. Each piece has the look of a typographic sculpture. (www.rhbabyandchild.com)
Sometimes inspiration comes when you're just trying to clean up a bit. A decade ago, photographer and artist Adrienne Moumin was relocating from Brooklyn, N.Y., to Maryland. Before she moved out of her rented darkroom, she began printing up a bunch of architectural shots she had lying around. She noticed that the prints had the makings of a collage, so she printed some more, and the project took on a life of its own.
"I started the series in 2003, thinking it was what I'd do in the meantime while I searched for a rental darkroom," says Moumin. "It soon turned into the main art form I practice."
The pieces, many of which she showed at the recent Architectural Digest Home Design Show in New York City, are intricately hand-cut assemblages drawn from the geometric, often fractal images of skyscrapers and other urban elements that she had photographed and turned into silver gelatin prints. (www.picturexhibit.com)
Got a carful of old maps now made obsolete by GPS? Decoupage the cartographic pages onto waste bins, serving trays or furniture, or wooden or cardboard letters for instant décor. Old atlas pages make cool lampshades, drawer liners or framed wall art. You'll find instructions galore online.