'Wet' Origami Artist Turns Damp Paper Into Gorgeous Sculptures

05/18/2015 08:56 am ET | Updated May 18, 2015

Hoang Tien Quyet has been folding paper since he was a little kid. The 27-year-old origami artist from Vietnam uses a lesser-known technique called wet folding to create sculptural animals, mythical creatures and flowers.

Pioneered by the late origami master Akira Yoshizawa, wet folding utilizes water to create an almost papier-mâché product. The dampened paper can be manipulated into curves and other organic shapes.

You can watch the artist demonstrate his wet origami technique in the video above.

"I like working with new and fresh ideas, and always try to breathe life and my personality into my models," the artist writes online. "I hope people can also feel that from my work."

The effect is breathtaking: a mother and baby fox each tilt their heads in singular ways; a lion looks at first like a jumble of arabesques until the colors clarify into an impressionistic wonder. Scroll down for some of Quyet's work, or visit his Flickr for more.

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