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14 Brilliant Paper Sculptures of Dazzling Birds and Butterflies

 Diana Beltran Herrera started sculpting wildlife from paper in 2012, so it is hardly surprising that she is an absolute master at her craft today. At first glance, the artist’s work can be mistaken for pictures of actual living birds and butterflies. Only a closer inspection reveals that these bright and colorful creatures are actually crafted from paper.

According to Herrera, research is the key part of her work process. She spends hours collecting images and information about her subjects and a week planning the design of a single bird. It’s important to her that the sculptures are not only beautiful but also realistic and even educational. This is the exact reason why Herrera frames many of her paper birds inside giant postage stamps. This allows her to document their origins in a fun and playful way. 

If the name Diana Beltran Herrera sounds familiar, you’re not wrong. We have previously featured this talented artist here and here. In this article, you can see some of Herrera’s most recent works.

1. Lime butterflyBrilliant Paper Sculptures of Birds & Butterflies by Diana Beltran Herrera  Lime butterfly

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2. Crimson sunbird perched on a red ginger lilyBrilliant Paper Sculptures of Birds & Butterflies by Diana Beltran Herrera Crimson sunbird

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3. Goldenback woodpeckerBrilliant Paper Sculptures of Birds & Butterflies by Diana Beltran Herrera  Goldenback woodpecker

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4. Schalow’s turacoBrilliant Paper Sculptures of Birds & Butterflies by Diana Beltran Herrera Schalow’s turaco

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5. Mandarin duckBrilliant Paper Sculptures of Birds & Butterflies by Diana Beltran Herrera Mandarin duck

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6. EgretBrilliant Paper Sculptures of Birds & Butterflies by Diana Beltran Herrera Egret

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7. Oriental pied hornbillBrilliant Paper Sculptures of Birds & Butterflies by Diana Beltran Herrera Oriental pied hornbill

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8. Oriental pied hornbillBrilliant Paper Sculptures of Birds & Butterflies by Diana Beltran Herrera Oriental pied hornbill

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9. Spotted wood owlBrilliant Paper Sculptures of Birds & Butterflies by Diana Beltran Herrera Spotted wood owl

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10. Milkweed ButterflyBrilliant Paper Sculptures of Birds & Butterflies by Diana Beltran Herrera Milkweed Butterfly

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11. Indochinese rollerBrilliant Paper Sculptures of Birds & Butterflies by Diana Beltran Herrera Indochinese roller

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12. Salmon crested cockatooBrilliant Paper Sculptures of Birds & Butterflies by Diana Beltran Herrera Salmon crested cockatoo

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13. Moth OrchidBrilliant Paper Sculptures of Birds & Butterflies by Diana Beltran Herrera Moth Orchid

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14. Red-Eyed Tree FrogBrilliant Paper Sculptures of Birds & Butterflies by Diana Beltran Herrera Red-Eyed Tree Frog

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To see more of Diana Beltran Herrera's work, you can visit her website or Instagram page. 

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