Painting with Vodka, Tea & Beer

Painting with Vodka, Tea & Beer

Tess Wilson
Apr 30, 2013

As if tea and booze weren't useful enough as we slogged our way through this looooong winter, several savvy artists- and one parent- have found ways to incorporate the delicious drinks into their art...

  • Honestly...WTF recently featured the gorgeous work of Carne Griffiths (1st image), who paints with ink, tea, brandy, and vodka. I had a terrible time picking a favorite: "Beautiful Decay", above, is available both as a limited-edition giclee print and as part of a postcard set.
  • Anna Mazek paints with a combination of acrylic paint and vodka, and sometimes aluminum foil and bleach (2nd image). According to the BBC, she adds "vodka, bleach and tinfoil to her paints to create a marble effect which reflects light from her land and seascape pictures."
  • Gurney Journey shares the helpful tip that if you're painting with watercolors outside in below-freezing weather, you should dampen your paints with vodka rather than water, so the paint doesn't freeze. Genius!
  • Make Do + Home let her little ones paint with a variety of steeped-then-chilled teabags. They loved the colorful drips and fascinating smells!
  • Karen Eland of BeerPainter paints I think the botanical drawings of hops and wheat and barley are the most appropriate.

(Images as credited above.)

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