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Shaming The Caterpillars: Carved Leaf Art

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Carved leaf art is exactly what it sounds like: actual leaves carved into art. Or -- OR -- actual art carved into leaves. Either way, my hands are far too shaky to ever attempt anything like this. And that's not just my drinking problem talking, although of course it is because that f***er never shuts up. "BEER ME! Wait, wait -- take a shot first."

Natural leaf carving is actual manual cutting and removal of a leaf's surface to produce an art work on a leaf.


The process of carving is performed by artists using tools to carefully remove the surface without cutting or removing the veins. The veins add detail into the subject matter of the carving. The material or most common leaf used in leaf carving is the leaf of a Chinar tree. The Chinar tree is native to India, Pakistan and China. Chinar leaves have a close resemblance to maple leaves.

Chinar trees, huh? Are those anything like Americar trees? No? Russiar trees? Because I heard in Russia (you already saw this coming from a mile away, didn't you?) trees cut you down. But Zangief already has low self-esteem!

Hit the jump for five more of the holy shit that's some hand/eye coordination.

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The art of cutting leaves by Nature's Art [koikoikoi]

Thanks to Heather, who talked to the hookah-smoking caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland who considers this a direct insult to his race. Easy leaf-carvers, you don't want to step on a caterpillar's toes. Get it? Because there's like a million of them. You'd be there all day!

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