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Japanese Artist Turns Stones to Tiny Cute Animals


Did you pick up stones when you were a child? For some people like Japanese artist Akie Nakata, collecting stones became an obsession. Even better, Nakata is turning each pebble and stone she finds into wonderful works of art.

Akie Nakata turns her stones into the cutest animals you’ve ever seen. With acrylic paints, she really turns the stones and pebbles to life. Just look at these stones – they look just like tiny cute animals.

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Thank you for reading my earlier post about my recent experience. Some of you have also sent me some encouraging messages, each of which I read with gratitude. I might not be responding to individual message; please accept my "heart icon" to your message as a thank-you from me. I will now focus my attention on working with each and every stone I encounter and creating my art, not discouraged by someone else heartlessly copying my style. Thank you. To express my appreciation, I am posting my recent work. Bluebird painted on a natural shaped stone. This sweet bluebird has a perfect 3D shape all around, and is palm sized: W40 x D35 x H35mm. One of a kind "happy piece." Hope he makes you smile, and see you again when I return! #bluebird #thankful #painting #art #stoneart #stonepainting #rockart #rockpainting #paintedstones #naturalshape

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Nakata’s talent is obvious, so it’s no wonder that she’s very popular on Instagram. She chooses only stones that have “character” as she says and carefully paints them. People really bought the idea and are getting them as gifts.

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ヴィレッジヴァンガードが毎月発行しているフリーペーパー『VVmagazine』にてストーンアートを大変丁寧に取材して頂きました。 今月末の29日頃から全国の店舗で配布される8月号(vol.49)に掲載されます。宜しければ是非ご覧ください。 My stone art will be appear in "VVmagazine "(VVmagazine is a free magazine in popular book store in Japan that named Village Vanguard) around this month, 29th. Hope my pieces will make many smiles. I'll continue my work sincerely. Thank you. #stoneart #stonepainting #rockart #rockpainting #wildlife #animal #fineart #art #akie #drawing #painting #otter #Orientalsmallclawedotter #コツメカワウソ#VVmagazine #villagevanguard #ヴィレッジヴァンガード #VVマガジン #ヴィレヴァン #ヴィレッジ #ストーンアート

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The artist got her idea one day when she was walking by a riverbank and saw a pebble that looked like a rabbit. This inspired her to try painting her rock collection and it turned to a hobby and a business.

Once she picks the stone, she connects with it and respects them. Nakata says that she’d never break a stone or process it – the shape stays like it is. The end result is a lifelike and detailed painting that you can easily mistake for a real animal. The eyes are truly alive and look back at you. We’re really impressed by her formidable painting skills.

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続く災害に気持ちと言葉が追いつきません…今後様々な情報も溢れると思いますが… 自分が東北で被災した際友人作家の投稿に心が和みましたので、少しずつ作品画像をお届け出来ればと思っています。 こちらは過去作品です。 体長45ミリの小さなフクロウ。友人がフランスの海岸で見つけてくれた石から生まれました。滑らかで、光にかざすとほんのり透けるとても綺麗な瑪瑙石でした。 Past work, beautiful owl painted on natural shape stone. This is for my mother-in-law and not for sale. so, just I hope you have fun to see the picture. P.S. For those of you who leave comments, please accept my "like" as a token of my appreciation. I will be sure to read all your comments. Thank you. #stoneart #stonepainting #rockart #rockpainting #drawing #painting #art #fineart #akie #owl

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Akie believes that each stone has a story to tell. From a huge boulder to a tiny pebble, each rock has silently witnessed millennia. Out of respects, Nakata talks to her stones when painting them.

Aren’t her works simply adorable?



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