Tina Kraus, a freelance illustrator and paper engineer from Münster, Germany made amazing paper sculptures of wildlife and plants. Tina had started making these realistic sculptures two years ago. She uses fine crepe paper and started her craft with some plants, then afterward insects, and a gecko. When Tina began working with paper, she started with creating various traditional flowers, however, curiosity took over her and she wondered what else could she make. So, she made a plant that wouldn’t be considered as traditional; a Venus flytrap. When she moved on to insects she made those that are not so far from plants. These bugs look like flowers or sticks to disguise themselves in the wild and Tina’s paper versions are realistic enough to fool other insects and make them keep their distance. Her last challenge was a gecko, and it turned out amazing, so realistic that it looks like it’s about to jump! Below you will find photos of her creations, and if you enjoyed them be sure to visit Tina’s website for more information and more of her work.
Orchid Mantis (Hymenopus coronatus)
Giant Grasshopper (Tropidacris)
Goliath Stick Insect (Eurycnema goliath)
Thorny Devil (Eurycantha calcarata)
Crested Gecko (Correlophus ciliatus)
Praying Mantis (Mantis religiosa)