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Artist Meticulously Hand-Carves Intricate Scenes Into Leaves

Leaf Art

Have you ever made a “leaf face” by folding foliage in half before cutting out two eyes and a mouth? Far from those misshapen childhood creations, a Japanese artist known as lito_leafart on Instagram brings leaf art to a whole new level with his unbe-leaf-ably intricate designs. He meticulously carves out entire scenes onto the delicate, green surfaces.

From critters at the supermarket to a family of penguins atop of a turtle, lito_leafart’s cute creations are not only impressively hand-cut, but also incredibly imaginative. Each leaf design tells its own story, like a whimsical children’s book illustration that can be held in the palm of your hand. The artist holds each of his leaves to the sky before photographing it, allowing the sunlight to reveal the many tiny details.

Although each leaf will eventually wilt away, lito_leafart’s portfolio continues to grow. The talented artist—who has ADHD—makes one piece of leaf art per day, as a way to focus and calm down. Each leaf showcases his incredible patience and artistic ability.

Check out lito_leafart’s leaves below and follow him on Instagram to see even more.

A Japanese artist known as lito_leafart creates incredibly intricate leaf art.

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His cute creations are not only impressively hand-cut, but incredibly imaginative.

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The talented artist—who has ADHD—makes one cut-out design per day, as a way to focus and calm down.

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h/t: [Boing Boing]

All images via lito_leafart.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.

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