Leaf carving is an emerging art form performed on the canvas of leaves from the Chinar tree. The Chinar tree is native to India, Pakistan and China; its leaves closely resemble maple tree leaves. The process of carving is performed by artists using tools to carefully remove the outer surface of the leaf without cutting or removing the veins which add detail into the subject matter of the carving. Leaf artists then take full advantage of the beauty of the leaf’s vein, form and structure to create an artistic carving. They are 100% carved by hand , no painting or printing involved. They are strong, corrosion resistance and easy to keep , and can be kept for several decades in the common conditions. The artist select the leaves very carefully and every leaf he use has perfect profile without any defect. You can see the amazing beauty of its veins and structure.
The leaf’s veins, structure, profile and color can decide which image can just be perfectly reappeared on it. Every special leaf will be carved with its special image carefully. The carving takes advantage of the artistic characteristic of Chinese culture like painting , prints, sculpture, paper cutting, calligraphy and so on. And it shows rich changes between the levels of weak points and strong which makes the image vivid and full of aesthetic . The rough processes: Collecting the leaves. Airing the leaves to dry. Boiling the leaves Spreading the leaves and carving them. Drying the leaves.
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