Cute Illustrations: Paper Tales

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WORDS Michaela Stehr IMAGES @paper_tales on Instagram

Self-taught Cape Town-based illustrator Anja Stoeckgit of Paper Tales creates cute, quirky illustrations of animals, plants and puns.

“When I was a little person I would constantly linger in the stationery section of any shop and dream of all the different designs I would one day create,” she explains on her website. “Now that I am bigger I get to shake these dreams from my hair and draw beautiful things.”

She creates a variety of paper goods, including cheerful greeting cards, and has also illustrated a children’s book.

Here are 10 of our favourite pieces:

See more of Anja’s work at