Tea Art

February 5, 2010

I have a number of interests and hobbies and sometimes it doesn’t even occur to me when two intersect, this was one of those times. A while back I had the idea to try to paint with tea as the medium. Sure, people overbrew plain tea or coffee to stain or paint, but with such a deep knowledge of different teas and their various hues I figured I could really do some neat artwork. While I have done a few samples and have a ton of ideas racing around in my head, I sadly haven’t had the time to make them a reality yet. But they are coming. I did however do one piece where I stained the paper itself with some Shui Xian oolong and then did a minimalist brush painting on top. But, since in my mind my art-world is separate from my tea-world, I never thought to post it here. Hope you enjoy it!

Yixing on oolong

Yixing teapot on Shui Xian oolong tea-stained paper

(4″x6″ ink on tea-stained paper. I would consider making unique limited, signed pieces. The paper would be individually stained for a one-of-a-kind pattern with the image then painted upon it. Leave a Comment or email if interested in details.) Note: This image was scanned, digitized and compressed for viewing on the Internet so some detail is lost/altered slightly.