We love indoor plants. They literally bring life into our homes. And one particular artist from Barcelona, Spain is creating detailed paper plants that are only a few inches tall. Raya Sader Bujana’s tiny plants are so realistic you’d think she invented a shrink ray and just shrank a potted plant instead of crafting them from plain ol’ paper! She’s been turning ordinary sheets of paper into amazingly realistic plant replicas since 2008.
The faux miniature plants belong in what Raya calls her “Tiny Big Paper House Plants” project. It’s been going on for three years now. Each miniature plant Raya creates for her project are painstakingly done, from the shape of the leaves, to to the way they crease, droop, or bend, right down the various color combinations and patterns! It’s honestly pretty unbelievable that she’s got all the details.
Raya’s attention to detail makes her tiny paper plants look like the real thing
“My work is very influenced by my strong background in architecture, my love of nature, and its intricate patterns.”
According to Raya, the key to her being able to replicate the plants is that she doesn’t stress about it. She takes a freestyle approach, just like how nature does its thing without being bothered by… well, anything. “I don’t have a plan when I start creating one, except the type of plant that I want to work on,” she said. “Other than that, I just start working on it and create along the way.”
To create her amazingly detailed paper plants, Raya carefully cuts, scores, paints and folds the paper. “I like applying techniques from other artistic disciplines or crafts, such as weaving or basketry and translating them to the language of paper,” she explained. “So the baskets of these tiny plants are woven like baskets [but] with paper.”
Her paper plants have put her on the map
“My intention is to slowly continue to grow this series and try to reach a new level of detail with each new piece.”
There’s no denying that Raya’s art skills are amazing. She did, after all, study architecture in both Valenzuela and Barcelona. Thanks to her meticulous style, she was able to work with brands like Camper and DOIY. At the moment, Raya said that she’s currently working on exhibitions for her artwork. Add a dash of botanical beauty to your feed and follow her Instagram. She also has some pieces on sale in her Etsy store.
Aside from making incredible paper plants, Raya also creates gorgeous food craft that fits the Instagram aesthetic so perfectly. Moreover, she is also selling “pressed” flowers (still made with paper), enamel pins, accessories, silk scarves, and prints of her artworks in her Etsy shop.