Artist Turns Ordinary Stones Into Adorable Animals That Fit Inside Your Palm


Akie Nakata is a self-taught Japanese artist. When she was a child, she loved picking up stones and collecting them. Eventually, this became her inspiration and started turning the stones into an amazing work of art.

The collection of tiny painted stones from this Japanese artist took cute tiny animals to another level. The talented artist made the creations one of the most beautiful stones that have ever been created.


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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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Akie chooses stones which she thinks as having their character and turns them to life by painting them with only acrylic paints.


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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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While Akie was walking along a riverbank, she noticed a stone that looked like a rabbit. This gave her the idea to convert stones into amazing pieces of work.

The artist believes that the stones have their intentions. The encounters she has with the stones serve as signs and what she sees in the stones, she paints.


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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 develops a connection with the stone that she chooses. Additionally, she respects the stones in their original form and does not modify them in any way (except with the paint).

When she finishes painting the stones, they look life-like, complex, and beautiful. Akie claims that she tries to find life in all of her chosen stones. She paints dogs, cats, birds, mice, and other animals with acrylic paint.

Her work is never finished unless she sees the eyes of the animal. If the eyes are not alive and don’t look back at her, she is not done with the details of her art.

Akie admits that she sometimes talks to the stones while holding them. She believes that every stone she paints has a soul and a story to tell.

The amazing artist states that to become a small stone with the shape that it has from a huge boulder in the mountain takes a long time. She also adds that she thinks of the history of the earth that the stone has witnessed throughout the years.

The stones are adorable and very realistic. You can check them out on her Instagram page.


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