I began staining my papers with tea while in college. In the beginning I took more of a Frankenthaler approach with the material and would pour cups of various teas onto random papers and just enjoying the results that would occur. Now I am taking a more watercolorist approach with the material. I also deconstruct the tea bags and save the materials for projects.
I have come across some work by other artists working with tea, but they are mostly using the bags and materials in a sculptural matter. Which is AWESOME! However, I would like to know if others are using tea as a drawing/painting material and would you be willing to share your results? Which teas do you work with and why? what surfaces were the most challenging to stain/paint and how did you overcome it?
Below is my most recent tea drawing "The Crying Portrait". Its a combination of graphite with Raspberry Zinger (Celestial Teas) as the blueish violet color and drippings from various oolong teas brought home in a cup :P. It may be difficult to see some of the the tea details in the photo as the material tends to be a light and transparent.
The drawing is not complete yet. I have spent the past two weeks sketching, erasing, redrawing, lightly painting in the tea while the image was standing upright and adding heavier layers with the image flat on the floor (otherwise unwanted dripping will occur).