Japanese Artist Turns Stones Into Little Animals That Fit in the Palm of Your Hand (+26 Pics)

We have stones everywhere, even the Earth itself is a giant rock.

This stone artist, Akie Nakata is a Japanese artist who turns stones into tiny animals that fit in your palm. She does that by painting them and has been doing this work art for the past ten years. Since she was a child, she loved collecting stones and drawing animals but says these two interests stayed separate for a while. Then one day it all changed after Akie saw a stone that looked just like a rabbit.

She said that she doesn’t use any old stones she finds – her process is much more intimate. “When I find a stone, I feel that stone, too, has found me. Stones have their own intentions and I consider my encounters with them as cues they give me that it’s OK to go ahead and paint what I see on them. So the stones I decide to paint on are not arbitrary, but my significant opposites with whom I have established a connection, who inspire me to work with them.

She also said that she wants to paint the life she feels inside the stone. “I consider my work completed only when I see that the eyes are now alive and looking back straight at me. To me, completing a piece of work is not about how much detail I draw, but whether I feel the life in the stone.

Sadly Akie’s wonderful work is not for sale, she wants the viewers to enjoy the images.

Below is a list of Akie’s work.

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40 Times People Demonstrated Their Magnificent Embroidery Works

Anyone who says “I am not creative” is wrong. Obviously, we all have a creative sense, it is just a matter of honing it to a specific aspect. Giving life to something original that you have created yourself is so rewarding. Fulfilling this is one of the most satisfying feelings you can have in life. Such is the case with embroidery, which is an art game played with a needle and threads. In fact, every culture has some form of it in their textile art history. While embroidery is practiced across the world, its origin stems from China and the Near East.

Until now, embroidery has played a role in decorating and enhancing the beauty of the fabric. It remains one of the top methods of logo apparel decoration for a number of reasons. For instance, keeping your hands busy and engaged in your embroidery keeps your thoughts focused on the enjoyment, beauty and satisfaction of the task at hand.  All problems are thus left behind in this realm of peace and calm – it get us through the tough times in life. Additionally, the deeper you progress with your embroidery, the more it challenges you because it provides a sense that there is always more to be discovered.  

For this reason, the subreddit r/Embroidery contains various works of embroidery. With 430K members, this online community unites all enthusiasts of the trade who want to exchange tips, strategies, resources, ideas, and to show off their greatest works, of course. So, check out the gallery below. Furthermore, don’t forget to upvote your favorites!

#1 Kingfisher hand embroidery.

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#2 I attempted to capture the look of a black and white photograph. I hope you like it…

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#3 I did this little bearded dragon for my sister’s birthday, she is a mama to the most amazing bearded dragon I know ❤

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#4 NOLA living.

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#5 You’re for equal rights for everyone? Nice, then you are a feminist. Short and simple. So hope you like my new design!

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#6 I made a little sunflower and bee on my bucket hat!

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#7 One of my all time favorite pieces, stitched for a friend to help promote growth and change. I really enjoyed designing and stitching this as it was so personal to her journey and our friendship. Anyone else have pieces that stand out in their memory like this?

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#8 Been feeling a bit discouraged after seeing all the beautiful embroidery on this sub. It’s hard not to compare! A little WandaVision hoop I made a little while ago. Any critique welcome!

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#9 Embroidered brown hedgehog

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#10 Stewie and Rupert on a four inch hoop

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#11 My second embroidery finally finished!

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#12 First shot at turning embroidery photos into stickers. Any tips or advice?

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#13 My finished and backed pieces!

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#14 My first hand embroidery. A fox.

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#15 I’ve wanted to embroider shirts forever now and I’m finally doing it!🐸

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#16 Embroidered a simple version of Girl with a Pearl Earring painting (:

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#17 Made this for my husband!

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#18 WIP – “I’m just a simple Hyperchicken from a backwoods asteroid”. This guy actually has two suits, one brown, one cream, which should I go with when I’m colouring him in?

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#19 WIP of a derpy fox

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#20 Haven’t shared in a while, so here’s a couple hoops I’ve enjoyed making:)

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#21 [Self] Citrus flavoured T-Rex buddy, an earlier creation I designed, made with Ecofelt

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#22 1 sunflower sleeve out of 2, took a whole week and i dunno how i feel about my work.

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#23 Made this one for my BIL’s Birthday. I hope he likes it. Pattern from TheCraftKit

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#24 Guess the icon

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#25 First three projects as a beginner! I picked up embroidery after a difficult first year at university 🙂

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#26 A Purkinje cell, inspired by the drawings of Ramon Y Cajal

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#27 Vegeta!! This is my second embroidery project. I’ve cross stitched for years but I’m really proud of this one.

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#28 Kyōjurō Rengoku Fire pillar from Demon slayer 

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#29 My favourite moomin!

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#30 The back of my denim jacket🌸🌺

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#31 I just finished my Peaky Blinders Longsleeve. I’m pretty proud of the back as well!

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#32 Finished these little guys, don’t know whether to make them into magnets or key chains.

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#33 Did different type of embroidery —Velvet flower, which is Intangible Cultural Heritage In jiangsu province, not same as traditional sewing, you don’t need needles, or basic fabric. Anybody known it ?

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#34 Not really the right season for The Snowman but I finally got round to finishing this project 🙂 finished with pearls, mother of Pearl beads & glitter glaze on the snowman (you can’t really see the glitter on photos! 🙁

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#35 Blueberry cupcake🍇

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#36 I tried doing a sunset landscape 🌅

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#37 A small embroidery kit I bought from China

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#38 My new embroidery❤️northern lights❤️

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#39 First time trying embroidery!

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#40 Had a lot of fun making this hoop!

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