What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?




Visual effects artist Vaishali Chudasama and her partner, furniture and interior designer Nayan Shrimali, create shockingly-lifelike miniature-scale birds, animals, and occasionally portraits from paper. The pair started their career together as miniature model makers, then moved onto dioramas and tiny, perfect paper sculptures inspired by the natural world they love.

“Through our art we want to share the beauty and significance of these birds with people. [We] hope that people also understand the significance of birds in their lives and help to save them.”

-Nayan Shrimali and Vaishali Chudasama

The conservation-minded couple feel that as our climate changes, we must change with it. Their aim is not just to make beautiful art but also to educate. N&V began 2018 with a 30-day challenge, making a new miniature every day for the whole month of January. Then when February rolled around, the prolific pair just kept going. The 30-day challenge somehow became a full on 365-day challenge, and now, they’re calling it a 730-day challenge. (I know how that goes…)

As is often the case with my favorite artists, I had a devil of a time choosing which of their pieces to include because they are all so mind-blowingly wonderful! If you like what you see (and I predict you will), I really recommend you go scroll through their Instagram. It’s a marvel.

You can see all of the wonderful creations by NVillustration in their Etsy shop and on Facebook and Instagram.

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77/365 Number Seventy Seven of 365 days of miniature art ~ Darters / Snakebird …Message us if you want him for your home ๐Ÿก… will be available at our @etsy shop soon, stay tuned for updates… . SAVE NATURE SAVE WORLD . . The darters or snakebirds are mainly tropical waterbirds in the family Anhingidae having a single genus Anhinga. There are four living species, three of which are very common and widespread while the fourth is rarer and classified as near-threatened by the IUCN. The term "snakebird" is usually used without any additions to signify whichever of the completely allopatric species occurs in any one region. It refers to their long thin neck, which has a snake-like appearance when they swim with their bodies submerged, or when mated pairs twist it during their bonding displays. "Darter" is used with a geographical term when referring to particular species. It alludes to their manner of procuring food, as they impale fishes with their thin, pointed beak. The American darter (A. anhinga) is more commonly known as the anhinga. It is sometimes called "water turkey" in the southern United States for little clearly apparent reason; though the anhinga is quite unrelated to the wild turkey, they are both large, blackish birds with long tails that are sometimes hunted for food. . . . . #365dayschallenge #papercut #paperart #papercutting #papercutartist #snakebird #darters #anhinga #waterbirds #dstiny #birdsofinstagram #miniature #birdstagram #artistsoninstagram #birdnerd #mmmexplore #nuts_about_birds #darterbird #dailyinspiration #dailydrawing #blackbird #artsy #follow #nvillustration #etsy #etsyseller #365feathersproject @fubiz @etsy @instagram @strictlypaperart @boredpanda

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89/365 Number Eighty nine of 365 days of miniature art ~ Brown Pelican…Message us if you want him for your home ๐Ÿก… will be available at our @etsy shop soon, stay tuned for updates… . . SAVE NATURE SAVE WORLD . . The brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) is a North American bird of the pelican family, Pelecanidae. It is one of three pelican species found in the Americas and one of only two that feeds by diving in water. It is found on the Atlantic Coast from Nova Scotia to the mouth of the Amazon River, and along the Pacific Coast from British Columbia to northern Chile, including the Galapagos Islands. The nominate subspecies in its breeding plumage has a white head with a yellowish wash on the crown. The nape and neck are dark maroonโ€“brown. The upper sides of the neck have white lines along the base of the gular pouch, and the lower foreneck has a pale yellowish patch. The male and female are similar, but the female is slightly smaller. The non-breeding adult has a white head and neck. The pink skin around the eyes becomes dull and gray in the non-breeding season. It lacks any red hue, and the pouch is strongly olivaceous ochre tinged and the legs are olivaceous gray to blackish-gray. . . . #365dayschallenge #papercut #paperart #papercutting #papercutartist #brownpelican #funnybird #bigbird #americanpelican #pelicans #waterbird #dstiny #birdsofinstagram #miniature #birdstagram #artistsoninstagram #birdnerd #mmmexplore #nuts_about_birds #robinsofinstagram #dailydrawing #laughingbird #artsy #follow #nvillustration #etsy #365feathersproject @natgeoindia @etsy @instagram @strictlypaperart @boredpanda

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Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

11 thoughts on “Bird-a-Day

  1. Wow! You bring such beautiful and stunning art our way, Donna. I often sit in front of the screen with my mouth wide open when I look at your posts. Thank you heaps for finding all these wonders and sharing it with us.

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  2. Aren’t the perfectly grand? I would love to be able to do something like this but….no…my short fat fingers just can’t.

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  3. Thanks Donna, I enjoyed your post!

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  4. Oh, these are just splendid! And Iโ€™m going to start calling pigeons โ€œrock dovesโ€ from now on.

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