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They would also go swimmingly with Derek Zoolander’s center.

Artist Lorraine Loots, 29, is based in Cape Town, South Africa, and she makes paintings for ants.

These Tiny Paintings Will Make Your Heart Sing

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Her series 365 Paintings for Ants started as a side project after Loots took a business course for artists and decided she didn’t want to pursue that career anymore.

But she still wanted to paint, so she allotted herself an hour a day to do so. Since the only thing she could finish in that time was a miniature, the idea spawned.

The paper is a 10-centimeter square, and each miniature can take her between three and seven hours.

As the project started rolling in 2013, people started asking her what she was going to do with paintings so small, and so she started saying they’re for ants.

“I guess I’ve always wanted to find a way to document things,” she says in a video made about the project. “This just gives me a way to put something down and make a mark on each day.”

Sheโ€™s made everything from creatures, like slothsโ€ฆ

โ€ฆto critters like mice.

Sheโ€™s encapsulated entire nebulas.

And pastoral scenes from life on Earth.

At first Loots drew whatever she felt like.

But as more people booked paintings, suggestions began to filter into Lootsโ€™ process to make the art more intimate.

โ€œI wanted to create something people loved as opposed to just creating something for the sake of making something,โ€ she says in the video.

It was hard not to procrastinate, but after a while, it was just no longer an option in her brain.

Each painting is titled with the day it was made.

That way each one has a unique name for as long as she continues.

As the days passed, Loots grew sad knowing the project was coming to a close.

But thereโ€™s a twist in the plot: It didnโ€™t end.

These Tiny Paintings Will Make Your Heart Sing

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“I just started thinking: What if I just don’t stop?” she says in the video. Her follow-up series, 365 Postcards for Ants, focused on Cape Town last year.

Her latest project is called “Potluck 100: Paintings for Ants,” which are 100 paintings split into four categories: Microcosm Mondays (space), Tiny Tuesdays (books), Fursday (animals) and Free Fridays (whoever bought the day gets to suggest five topics, so long as it’s universal).

See more of her work at her site, or follow her on Instagram.

And get more about the first 365 project below.