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Tea Painting

Thu Oct 9, 2014, 8:35 AM by STelari:iconstelari:
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It smells lovely and gives beautiful sepia tones and great textures - what's not to love about tea and coffee painting?


Levi coffee painting (UPD8: redbubble prints) by arumisedarjeeling by BrianKesingerWake Me If You're There by Calmality

Different effects and shades can be acquired by using different kinds of tea. Black tea is the easiest to use, since it's also the easiest to make the darkest essence with it, while white tea and green tea are much harder in this manner. I prefer teabags (only for painting though), but using leafy tea can create interesting textures, if you leave the leaves on paper until the whole layer dries. You can use tea bags as stamps!

Painting with coffee is similar, although the differences in shade aren't that significant. You need to be careful with instant coffee - thick layers can get sticky and shiny even after it's dry. Ground coffee and textures go along very well, if you leave the grounds on paper, just like with leafy tea.

Tea, Coffee and Red Wine by In-The-DistanceCoffee on canvas 010 by NeutrinoZTea is for Tiger by Aydengryphongirl

Painting with tea or coffee doesn't differ much from watercolour. Depending on the effect you want, you'll most likely end up painting several layers, the weaker the essence, the more layers you'll need to get darker shades. You can also try mixing in some ink to get there quicker, but be cautious - it's very easy to completely ruin the essence if you add too much. Very little ink is needed to get the effect. You can experiment with using different coloured inks - although brown or black would be the best if you want to retain the sepia tone.

Owls Nest by udon-artTea Pairing by Reine-HaruMe? by windfalcon

Tea and coffee can also be a wonderful mean to produce amazing textures. They go beautifully with any drawings, pencil or ink, giving a lovely vintage feel to the paper. I love tea-dying the paper I use later for sewing sketchbooks. You can scan a prepared texture and use it later as layers in photoshop or gimp (for example with overlay mode), they surely add to the atmosphere.

Tea Paper 14 by shadowgirls-stockTexture - Tea Paper 08 by shadowgirls-stockPaper Pack 11 by dieratFree Tea-Stained Paper Textures by LuxDani


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grazapp Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much :)
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome :)

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emonmanki Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello everyone. I just uploaded the three contents of Mobile Karma's album here to Bandung Magazine, an independent movement magazine from Bandung, Indonesia. Can any of you take a visit and leave a review there? I'd be gladly to wait, see, read and give a response to your review. Here's the link, btw:

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emcorpus Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
Greetings to my fellow artists. Thank you to the group for accepting "Eucalyptus Grove". We're just over half way through the year, and I hope it's going swell for everyone.
Cheers,
Ed
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Our pleasure, welcome :heart:
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bitterblue26 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for adding me!! :love:
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Welcome :heart:
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SeanToth Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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Our pleasure :)
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Phantagrafie Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014   General Artist
Thanks so much for requesting my art! :woohoo:
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