This piece is easy to make and it’s easyness does not take away endless possibilities. I ended up carving a few different leaves and a cat’s face.
First, take a slice of wood that is sandpapered nice and smooth. I started with the main line of the leaf and then those smaller lines, completing the leaf’s shape with borderlines which I ‘shaded’ from one side. Just experiment with getting those lines right. Then grab a sip of dirt from your nearest plant (water the plant if it’s dirt has dried too dense to even scratch but don’t use too soaked dirt) and rub it in good. Green onion made the ‘color’ darker and better staying but sadly the outcome is not so green as I hoped. Time for some fine sandpaper to make highest parts lighter again and there you go, it is ready. To make it waterproof you’ll need to process it with wax or oil of your choice.
Some lines I drew to make me better to understand-
That tool on the upper part of the picture is what makes it so easy and flexible. With a knife it’s hard to make such curvy lines noticing not to go too deep/ shallow or to avoid doing the same line twice.