Japanese Artist Transforms Stones Into Realistic Tiny Animals You Can Hold In Your Hand

It doesn’t take a complicated setup, big canvas or expensive art supply to create art. All you need is a little bit of inspiration and some talent. Japanese artist Akie Nakata (known simply as Akie) found her inspiration as she was admiring the natural shape of stones and pebbles she was finding on her walks.

One day she found one and thought to herself it looked a bit like a rabbit, so she brought it home and gave the stone some color and detail. The rest, as they say, is history.

The world has fallen in love with Akie’s gorgeous creations. They’re inspired by nature and they use nature as the canvas. The self-taught artist who started painting on rocks in 2011 says she believes the stones she selects already have their characters, she simply helps them shine through so other people can see it.

Stones have their own intentions, and I consider my encounters with them as cues […] to go ahead and paint what I see on them.

Still, getting to this level of perfection is a more complicated task that throwing some paint. Akie says she spends a great deal of time studying each stone she collects, thinking about the best way of showcasing the animal that’s hiding within.

Am I positioning the backbone in the right place? Does it feel right? Am I forcing something that disagrees with the natural shape of the stone?

Akie chooses acrylic paint as her medium and her process involves gradually building up the layers of each of her animals.

One thing they all have in common is that she paints the eyes last as she believe it’s only then her creations come to life and look back at her.

Fans of her work can follow Akie on Instagram and Facebook. Some of her work is available for sale too which I already suspect her stones are going to be sought-after items here in the office come holiday season.

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