They look unbelievably real


Tina Kraus is a freelance paper artist and illustrator, based in Munster, Germany. Around 2017 she started working with fine crepe paper, making sculptures. Firstly, her sculptures resembled traditional flowers. Curiosity about her own abilities led her to work with the not-so-traditional Venus flytrap. The otherwise known as Dionaea Muscipula, a carnivorous plant, native to subtropical wetlands.

After that, she tried her hand on insects. Though insects didn’t prove to be so much different than plants, as many of them were disguised as flowers, stems or sticks. Later on, she challenged herself with a gecko and a praying mantis and was quite happy with the result.

Her little paper sculptures are truly remarkable to look at. The detail on them is amazing. Anything, from the shape, to the color, is exquisite and deserves more than a glance.

A bit about the artist, as found in her official website.

“I’m Tina Kraus, a freelance illustrator and paper engineer living in Münster, Germany.

I studied illustration in Münster where I live now. I also lived in Seoul, South Korea for a few months as an exchange student.

My paper artwork includes pop-up books, paper toys and paper objects and since recently crepe paper art. I also do children’s book, editorial, non-fiction, Pattern and Stationery illustration. When I’m not crafting or illustrating, I am either cooking some delicious vegan food or exploring the world on my bicycle.”

Mantis Religiosa

Orchid Mantis (Hymenopus Coronatus)

Giant Grasshopper (Tropidacris)

Goliath Stick Insect (Eurycnema Goliath)

Thorny Devil (Eurycantha calcarata)

Crested Gecko (Correlophus ciliatus)

Venus Flytrap

Paper foliage