The Origins of Paper Arts
The invention of paper occurred in China more than 2000 years ago, and people have been coming up with new ways to use it ever since. There is little wonder that artists would find it useful, and many sketches have been drawn upon it. While drawing is important, writing and record keeping were some of the first uses of paper. Buddhist monks learned how to print on paper so they could produce written prayers in quantity, and other writers learned the art of calligraphy.
Humans are an inventive species, and they have found many uses for paper. Printing led to the creation of books and the art of book binding. For those with a need to express themselves in extra dimensions, origami was invented. This is the art of folding paper to create shapes such as flowers or animals. As time goes on, people will eventually come up with more uses for this product as it continues to be refined.